You can add one or more vCenter private cloud accounts, each of which contains one or more vCenter Servers to VMware Cloud services. These accounts allow you to retrieve information about your infrastructure inventory.

Before you add your account, refer to this check list to ensure that your vCenter environment is set up correctly, and that you have collected the security credentials required to add the account to VMware Cloud services.

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Verify that your vCenter Server meets certain requirements.

  • Must be version 5.5 or later

  • Must have 4 vCPU, 8 GB RAM, and 80 GB of storage available.

  • Has outbound Internet access without any corporate firewall blocks. For example, on port 443, HTTPS.

Verify that the vSphere Web Client is installed in your environment.

Create an administrative user with the correct permissions to access your vCenter Server private cloud account from VMware Cloud services.

If your vCenter Server private network does not use DHCP, you must gather certain information before you deploy a data collector and set up your private cloud account with VMware Cloud services.

Without this information, VMware's network cannot connect with your network to finish the configuration process.

  • Default Gateway

  • Domain Name

  • Domain Name Servers

  • Domain Search Path

  • Network IP Address

  • Network 1 Netmask

Ensure you have the vCenter user role and privileges correctly configured.

The role should be a vCenter server read-only role, with the following privileges selected:

  • Profile-driven storage

    • Profile-driven storage update

    • Profile-driven storage view

  • Storage views

    • Configure service

    • View

Download and deploy a data collector

The first time you add a private cloud account to VMware Cloud services, you are prompted to add a data collector. For more information, see Deploy a Data Collector for a vCenter Server Cloud Account.