Add a vCenter Server account to VMware Tanzu Hub

As a organization owner or administrator for Tanzu Hub, you can run the vCenter Server account workflow. The workflow steps you through the process of adding account credentials and installing a cloud proxy on your vCenter Server instance to manage communication between Tanzu Hub and the vCenter.

Before you begin

  • Prepare for the cloud proxy installation by evaluating the counted resources to determine the capacity of the cloud proxy. When you install the cloud proxy, you configure the CPU, RAM, and disk based on the size you identify here.

    Cloud Proxy Size Number of VMs (K=thousand) Flows per Day (M=million) Flow count in 4 days (M=million)
    Medium 4K 2.5M 3.25M
    Large 10K 5M 6.5M
    Extra Large 35K 10M 13M
    2X Large 45K 17M 22M

    The VM counts include the templates on the VMware vCenter instance.

  • Verify that you have the credentials for the vCenter Server. The credentials must have sufficient permission to install the cloud proxy on the target vCenter Server.
  • If you are associating account with a Tanzu Hub project, verify that you created the project. For instructions, see Add projects.

Install a cloud proxy

What is the cloud proxy and when should you install it?

A cloud proxy manages the secure communication between your on-premises vCenter Server instances and Tanzu Hub. You can add a cloud proxy for each cloud account or you can deploy one cloud proxy that is used by multiple vCenter Server instances.

You can add the cloud proxy as part of the account configuration workflow, or you can install it first and the select the cloud proxy instance as part of the account configuration.

To avoid jumping out of Tanzu Hub in the middle of the account configuration process, this workflow shows you how to install an cloud proxy and then configure the account where you select the cloud proxy.

  1. Select Administration > Set Up and Configure > Cloud Proxies and click New Cloud Proxy.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    The instructions are repeated here for your convenience.

    Use the text on the page to download and deploy the cloud proxy OVA on your vCenter Server instance. You need the key from this page to complete the installation.

  3. To download the cloud proxy OVA file, click Download OVA. If you prefer, you can copy the link to the OVA.

  4. On your vCenter Server instance, import the .ova file and start the installation.

    Follow the deployment instructions in vCenter Server. The following section provides a few specific suggestions but is not a complete set of steps.

    1. During the installation, you must provide a key. Copy the key from your Deploy Cloud Proxy page.
    2. On the Configuration page, where select the deployment configuration based on the CPU, memory, and disk, use the capacity size you identified in the Cloud proxy deployment planning - maximum capacity table in the Before you begin section to determine the values that you enter.

      Cloud Proxy Size Cores required for 2.1 GHz CPU Cores required for 2.3 GHz CPU Cores required for 2.6 GHz CPU RAM Disk
      Medium 5 5 4 12 GB 200 GB
      Large 10 9 8 16 GB 200 GB
      Extra Large 10 9 8 24 GB 200 GB
      2X Large 20 18 16 48 GB 300 GB
    3. On the Select storage page, select Thin provision as the virtual disk format and the destination.

    4. On the Select networks page, select the destination network.

      After the cloud proxy is installed, you must configure some additional network settings.

    5. On the Custom template page, enter the Shared secret for Collector that you copied from the Deploy cloud proxy page in Tanzu Hub.

    6. Click Finish.

      The installation takes 10 or more minutes to complete.

  5. In vCenter, after the cloud proxy OVA is installed, start the VM and launch the console.

    1. Log in with the console credential that is on the screen and run the setup command.
    2. Create the password for the support login and change the password for the consoleuser.
    3. Update the Network Configuration based on your network’s IP family.

      Option Procedure
      ipv4 Enter IPv4 network configuration details such as:
      • IP_Address: Second reserved static IPv4 address.
      • Netmask: Subnet mask for the static IPv4 address.
      • Default_Gateway: Default gateway of your network.
      • DNS: DNS server of your environment. To enter multiple DNS servers, use space.
      • Domain _Search: The domain that must be appended for DNS lookups.

      Enter y to save the configuration.
      ipv6 Enter IPv6 network configuration details such as:
      • IPv6_Address: Second reserved static IPv6 address.
      • IPv6_Netmask: Subnet mask for the static IPv6 address.
      • IPv6_Default Gateway: Default gateway of your network.
      • IPv6_DNS: DNS server of your environment. To enter multiple DNS servers, use space.
      • Domain_Search: The domain that must be appended for DNS lookups.

      Enter y to save the configuration.
      dual-stack Enter both IPv4 and IPv6 network configuration details.
    4. Configure the NTP or secure NTP services for the Network Time Server Configuration.

    5. Verify that the VMs on this datacenter and reach the NTP server.
  6. Directly on your network, configure the following ports and settings.
    • Ensure that you allow the HTTPS port 443 in the firewall to communicate from the cloud proxy to the following domains.
      • *.vmc.vmware.com
      • *.ni.vmware.com
      • *.ni-onsaas.com
    • Ensure that the Netflow packets destined for UDP port 2055 on the cloud proxy IP are allowed by any firewall that might be present in the route between ESXi Host and the cloud proxy.
  7. In Tanzu Hub, click Close on the agent proxy page.

    After you complete the installation, it will take a 10 or more minutes for Tanzu Hub to detect the cloud proxy.

When the cloud proxy is listed on the Cloud Proxies page, you can add the vCenter Server account and select the newly deployed proxy.

Add a single vCenter Server instance

  1. In Tanzu Hub, select Administration > Set Up and Configure > Accounts.
  2. Click New Account and click vCenter Server.
  3. In the Account Information section, add the account and select the settings.

    Configure the Add vCenter Server Account page with the name, address, and credentials.

    1. Enter a useful account name, the IP or FQDN for the vCenter, and select or add new credentials.
    2. If you work with projects, select the Tanzu Hub project that you are associating with the vCenter account.
    3. You can also enter an Environment identifier, the Owner name and email address, and any Tags you use to manage resources.
    4. To ensure that you can collect application data for use in Tanzu Hub, select IPFIX Enabled so that VMware Aria Operations for Networks can collect application data for use in Tanzu Hub.
    5. Click Save Account and Continue.
  4. Select or add a cloud proxy.

    As discussed in the Install a Cloud Proxy section, you can add it at this time.

    If you installed the cloud proxy, you only need to select it in the Cloud proxy drop-down list.

    Verify that your cloud proxy is running.

    The Aria Performance for Network is an underlying service continuously queries for you target vCenter for changes to the entities.

  5. Click Finish.

What to do next

  • The collection might take up to thirty minutes before you see data. To monitor the process, select Explore > Search and click the Inventory tab. See Reviewing your discovered inventory.
  • If you need to make changes to an vCenter account, select Administration > Set Up and Configure > Accounts, expand the details for the target account, and edit the individual account properties.
  • To determine if you should consider moving resources to reduce costs, you can run a migration assessment on your vCenter resources. The assessment will help you decide if it is cheaper to run some of the workloads on other infrastructure nodes or platforms. To get started, see Create a migration assessment.

Parent topic:Setting up data connections in VMware Tanzu Hub

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