Once the SDDC finishes deploying, the next step will be to establish connectivity to the vCenter Server. The easiest way to do this is by creating a firewall rule. This firewall rule will allow network connectivity to the public IP assigned to the vCenter Server.

vCenter Firewall Rule Management

  1. Open VMware Cloud on AWS from the Cloud Services Console.
  2. Select 'VIEW DETAILS' for the SDDC in the VMware Cloud on AWS UI
  3. Click on the ‘Network & Security’ tab
  4. Beneath the ‘Security’ section, select ‘Gateway Firewall’
  5. Ensure ‘Management Gateway’ is highlighted, click ‘ADD NEW RULE'
  6. Create a firewall rule with the following settings:
    • Enter a valid name, example: vCenter Inbound Rule

    • Source = 'any'

    • Destination = 'vCenter'

    • Services = 'HTTPS (TCP 443)'

  7. Click PUBLISH

Alternatively, the vCenter Server can also be accessed by configuring a VPN between your on-premeses location and the VMware Cloud on AWS environment or by establishing a Direct Connect through Amazon AWS itself.

Logging into vCenter Server

Each deployed vCenter will have a set of default administrator credentials to be used until an identity source is added or additional users have been added. Use the default credentials to login to vCenter.

  1. Open VMware Cloud on AWS from the Cloud Services Console.
  2. Click 'OPEN VCENTER' for the SDDC in the VMware Cloud on AWS UI
  3. After the 'Open Access to vCenter' dialoge box appears select 'SHOW VCENTER CREDENTIALS'
  4. Use the 'Copy password' to clipboard' button and select 'OPEN VCENTER'
    • The vCenter Server UI will now load in a new window.
  5. Fill the uername 'cloudadmin@vmc.local' and paste the 'Password’ into the password textboxe on the vSphere Client login page.

  6. The vSphere Client will load and present a very familiar view for those that use vSphere in their on-premises environment.

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