Before you start working in VMware Cost Insight you need to download data collectors and have certain information about your public and private cloud accounts available. Use this checklist to help you get set up before your on-boarding call with the VMware Cloud services team.


You need...

Sign up for and log in to VMware Cost Insight

A VMware ID.

Set up a My VMware account with your corporate email address at

Connect to VMware Cloud Services

HTTPS port 443 open to outgoing traffic with access through the firewall to:

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Add an AWS public cloud account

Have the following information available:

  • 20-digit Access Key ID and corresponding Secret Access Key.

  • Amazon S3 bucket that is identified with the master account.

  • Appropriate user permissions:

    • AmazonEC2ReadOnlyAccess permission for master account, linked account and individual account users.

    • AmazonS3ReadOnlyAccess permission for master account and individual account owners.

Add a Microsoft Azure public cloud account

Have the following information available:

  • Enrollment ID. This ID indicates the master account used for Enterprise billing.

  • API Access Key. This key allows access to the Azure Billing API.

Add a VMware vSphere private cloud account