Use this procedure to deploy the downloaded HCX Manager OVA using a standard OVA template installation through the vSphere Client.

Use the HCX installer OVA to install the latest version of HCX Cloud Manager in the destination vSphere Client site for private cloud deployments.

To deploy the HCX Manager OVA with VMware Cloud on AWS, see Deploying HCX from the VMware Cloud on AWS Console.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client.
  2. Right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine (such as a data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host) and select Deploy OVF Template.
  3. On the Select an OVF template page, enter a URL to download and install the OVF package from the Internet, or browse to a location accessible from your computer, such as a local hard drive or a network share for a local file, and click Next.
  4. On the Select a name and folder page, enter an unique virtual machine name and the inventory location. Click Next.
  5. On the Select a compute resource page, select a compute resource location, and click Next.
  6. On the Review details page, verify the OVA template details, and click Next.
  7. On the License agreements page, read and accept the VMware End User License Agreement, and click Next.
  8. On the Select storage page, select the virtual disk format, storage policy, storage name, and then click Next.
  9. On the Select networks page, select the destination network, and click Next.
  10. On the Customize Template page, set the appropriate deployment properties:
    • Passwords - Configure the CLI admin password and the root user password.
    • Network Properties - Enter the network properties for the default gateway.
    • Static Routes - Add a static route for a destination subnet or host.
    • DNS
      • DNS Server List - Enter the list of DNS servers for this virtual machine.
      • Domain Search List - Domains that you enter are searched in the order you list them, and the search stops when a valid name is found.
        Note: For HCX 4.4.0 and later, add the .local subdomain in environments without multicast DNS correctly configured as in RFC-6762.
    • Services Configuration

      • NTP Server List - Enter the list of NTP servers and ensure that the NTP server can be reached from the virtual machine. If the NTP time is out of sync, services fail to start.

    • Deployment (Connector OVA installation only)
      • Enable GovCloud Mode - If you are deploying the HCX Connector OVA for VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud installations, you must check this box.
    Note: During OVA deployment, use “space” or “comma” separation for multiple NTP/DNS/Domain Name servers.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Review the deployment settings and click Finish.

What to do next

Allow up to 5 minutes for initialization, then browse to the appliance management interface for the initial activation using https://hcx-ip-or-fqdn:9443.