The first time you add a private cloud account, VMware Discovery prompts you to add a data collector.

You can deploy as many data collectors as you want, one for each vCenter Server. To link your vCenter Servers to the same private cloud and gather information from them all, give each vCenter Server the same private cloud name.

You can also deploy a data collector in VMware Cost Insight and VMware Network Insight. The data collector that you download for use in VMware Network Insight is different from the data collector you deploy in VMware Cost Insight and VMware Discovery.


  1. Sign in to VMware Discovery and click Manage > Data Collectors.

    You can also perform this step in VMware Cost Insight.

  2. Click Add New.
  3. Click Download.
  4. Navigate to your vSphere Web Client data center, click the name of your vCenter cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template.
  5. In the Deploy OVF Template form, perform the following actions.
    1. Click Select template, then URL. Paste in the path to the OVA data collector file you downloaded. Click Next.

      If you have already installed a data collector to your vCenter and are reinstalling it, click Local file and then Next.

      If you see a warning message that informs you that the specified Photon operating system is not support, click Yes and proceed.

    2. Click Select name and location, then enter the name of your OVA file. Select the cluster where you want to install the data collector, and click Next.
    3. Click Select a resource and the cluster where you want to run the data collector, and then click Next.
    4. Review the details of your data collector deployment. Notice the Size on disk text box. The location where you deploy the data collector in the following steps must have enough space available. Click Next.
    5. Accept the License Agreement. Click Next.
    6. Click Select storage and select a datastore from the list with enough free space for the OVA file. Click Next.
    7. Click Select networks and select a destination network, and then click Next.
    8. Click Customize template and enter the required information. Do not click Next.
      • For Name of the Remote Data Collector, use the name of the OVA file.

      • For Root User Password, choose a unique password. It does not need to match the vCenter password.

    9. Return to VMware Cloud services and collect the token key provided by VMware Discovery on the Setup a Data Collector Virtual Appliance form. Click Copy to copy the key.
    10. When you see the Copied message, return to the vCenter Customize template form and paste the token key into the VMware Cloud Services One-Time Token text box. Do not click Next.
    11. Click Networking Properties. If you use DHCP in your vCenter network, do not enter any information. If you do not use DHCP, then you must provide information for each setting. Click Next.
    12. Click Ready to complete and review your configuration data. Click Finish.

      The data collector is installed into your vSphere Web Client.

  6. Return to the vSphere Web Client to run the data collector.

    When you run the OVA file in the vSphere Web Client, the data collector works with the vCenter Server to push data to the VMware Cloud services.

  7. If the data collector is not running when you return to your vSphere Web Client, click the green arrow at the top of your page.
  8. To verify that your data collector is running, look under the VMs tab at the list of your virtual machines to ensure it is Powered On.
  9. In VMware Discovery, wait for a connection to be made with your vSphere Web Client, and click Next.

    It might take several minutes until a connection is made.

  10. To upgrade an existing data collector, you must reboot the remote data collector VA.