An infrastructure source endpoint is a connection to the infrastructure that provides a set or multiple sets of resources, which IaaS administrators can then be made available to end users. vRealize Automation IaaS regularly collects information about known endpoint resources and the virtual resources provisioned therein. Endpoint resources are referred to as compute resources (or as compute clusters, the terms are often used interchangeably).

Proxy agents send infrastructure data at regular intervals about the compute resources on each infrastructure endpoint and the machines provisioned on each computer resource. They manage and communicate with the endpoint resources.

Table 1. Design Decisions on vRealize Automation Endpoints

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication


Create one vSphere endpoint.

A single vSphere endpoint is required to connect to the Consolidated vCenter Server. vSphere endpoints and the vCenter Server instances have one-to-one relationship.



Create one vRealize Orchestrator endpoint to connect to the embedded vRealize Orchestrator instance.

vRealize Automation extensibility uses vRealize Orchestrator, which requires the creation of a single orchestrator endpoint.



Create one NSX endpoint and associate it with the vSphere endpoint.

The NSX endpoint is required to connect to the NSX Manager instance and enable all the NSX-related operations supported in vRealize Automation blueprints.