Before you deploy the Skyline Collector nodes, you must create DNS records for the appliances, set up Active Directory service accounts in the solutions VMware Skyline can collect data from, create firewall rules, set up collector accounts in your VMware Cloud Services organization, and create certificates.
IP Address and Host Name Requirements for the Skyline Collector Instances Before you deploy and configure the Skyline Collector instances in the SDDC, allocate the host names and IP addresses for their virtual appliances.
Configure User Access for Integration with VMware Skyline Create service accounts for the Skyline Collector instances specifically for collecting usage data from vSphere, NSX for vSphere, and vRealize Operations Manager. Configure the service accounts with the minimum permissions that are required for connecting to and collecting data from the endpoints in the SDDC.
Configure the Distributed Firewall for the Skyline Collector Instances Configuring a distributed firewall for use with your SDDC increases the security level of your environment by allowing only the network traffic that is required for running and operating the SDDC. To allow traffic to VMware Cloud Services and access to the Skyline Collector appliances, you configure additional policies on the distributed firewall for the management applications.
Prepare for Skyline Collector Registration with VMware Cloud Services Before you register the Skyline Collector instances with VMware Cloud Services and start using VMware Skyline for proactive product support, you must create an organization on VMware Cloud Services and generate a registration token for the Skyline Collector instances.
Generate Certificates for the Skyline Collector Appliances To generate certificates signed by the Microsoft certificate authority (MSCA) for the Skyline Collector appliances in a single operation, use the VMware Validated Design Certificate Generation Utility ( CertGenVVD) .