Download and install VMware Cloud Gateway to access solutions available from VMware Cloud.


  1. In the installer ISO image, browse to the ui-installer/operating_system folder, and run the installer.
    • For Windows OS, go the win32 subdirectory and run the installer.exe file.

    • For Linux OS, go to the lib64 subdirectory, and run the installer file.

    • For Mac OS, go to the mac subdirectory and run the file.

  2. Click Deploy VMware Cloud Gateway.
  3. Accept the End User License agreement and click Next.
  4. Specify the deployment parameters according to the VMware Cloud platform and click Next.



    1. Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.

    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server instance.

    3. Enter the user name and password of user with vCenter Single Sign-On administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

    4. Click Next.

    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target vCenter Server instance, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

  5. Set up the target VM and click Next.



    VM name

    Enter a name for the VMware Cloud Gateway VM. The VM name must not contain a percent sign (%), backslash (\), or forward slash (/) and must not be more than 80 characters in length.

    Set root password

    Set a root password for the VMware Cloud Gateway VM.

    The password must contain only lower ASCII characters without spaces, at least eight characters, a number, uppercase and lowercase letters, and a special character. A few examples of special character are, an exclamation mark (!), hash key (#), at sign (@), or brackets ().

    Confirm root password

    Confirm the password you set above.

  6. Select the datastore location for VMware Cloud Gateway and click Next.
    1. Select the datastore where you want to place the VMware Cloud Gateway VM.
    2. Select Enable Thin Disk Mode to conserve disk space by installing VMware Cloud Gateway using a thin disk.
  7. Configure the network settings for VMware Cloud Gateway and click Next.




    Select the network.

    The networks displayed in the drop-down menu depend on the network settings of the target server. If you are installing VMware Cloud Gateway directly on an ESXi host, non-ephemeral distributed virtual port groups are not supported and are not displayed in the drop-down menu.

    IP version

    Select IPv4. VMware Cloud Gateway does not support IPv6.

    IP assignment

    Select how to allocate the IP address.

    • static

      The wizard prompts you to enter the IP address and network settings.

      Note: Avoid using an IP address as a system name. If you use an IP address as a system name, you cannot change the IP address and update the DNS settings after the installation.
    • DHCP

      A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP address. Select this option only if a DHCP server is available in your environment.


    Enter an FQDN for VMware Cloud Gateway.

    IP address

    If you selected a static IP address, enter the IP address for VMware Cloud Gateway. If you enter an IP address that already exists, the installer warns you that this will cause an error in the installation unless you isolate the network where VMware Cloud Gateway is on. For example, you can install VMware Cloud Gateway on a different port group from the existing IP address.

    Subnet mask or prefix length

    Enter the subnet mask or prefix length for the IP address.

    Default Gateway

    Enter the default gateway that VMware Cloud Gateway should use.

    DNS Servers

    Enter the addresses of the DNS servers used by VMware Cloud Gateway.

  8. Configure VMware Cloud Gateway settings and click Next.
    • Select Synchronize Time with NTP servers and enter the address of one or more NTP servers in the text box to use NTP servers for time synchronization.
      Note: Ensure that you enter the correct address for the NTP servers. Otherwise, the installation may not complete successfully.
    • Select Synchronize Time with ESXi host to synchronize time with the host where you are installing VMware Cloud Gateway.
  9. Click Finish to install VMware Cloud Gateway.


VMware Cloud Gateway is installed in your on-premises environment.

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