Using cloud proxies in vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager, you can collect and monitor data from your remote data centers. Typically, you need only one cloud proxy per physical data center. You can deploy one or more cloud proxies in vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager to create a one-way communication between your remote environment and vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager.

The following cloud proxy considerations are noteworthy. For additional and related cloud proxy considerations, see VMware Cloud Services Cloud Proxy.

  • The cloud proxy OVA must be deployed on a vCenter Server. Deployment to an ESX server is not supported.

  • Regarding general resource requirements, the cloud proxy uses a default size when deploying the cloud proxy OVA. While the value can be changed, you should not reduce the size. This does not impact the resources consumed by the agents running inside the cloud proxy. Each agent has different resource requirements. For example, the vrcsm-cloudproxy-agent uses 1GB memory and the entire CPU available on the host machine, but shared across similarly configured agent containers. Settings can be changed, but they are not persistent. When the agent is upgraded or restarted, it reverts back to using the default settings.

Perform the following steps to deploy the Cloud proxy in vCenter Server:

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have cloud administrator credentials.

  • Verify that you have an IP address, a DNS entry, and permissions to deploy OVF templates in vSphere.Log in to vSphere and verify that you are connected to a vCenter Server system.

  • Allow outgoing HTTPS traffic for Cloud Proxy over port 443.

  • Allow outgoing traffic from the endpoints to cloud proxy over 443, 22, and 8011.

  • To support the cloud proxy, access to the following domains is required. For more detailed information about cloud proxy requirements, see the Understanding the VMware Cloud services cloud proxy configuration document.

    • data.mgmt.cloud.vmware.com

    • api.mgmt.cloud.vmware.com

    • console.cloud.vmware.com

    • ci-data-collector.s3.amazonaws.com

Procedure

  1. Use your VMware Cloud administrator credentials and log in to the VMware Cloud Services console.
  2. Select Services, and then click the vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager service tile.
  3. Select Setting > Cloud Proxy. Click ADD PROXY > New.

  4. Download the cloud proxy OVA. Rename the downloaded OVA something unique, for example vCenter1_vmc_va.ova.

    You can download and name the cloud proxy OVA to make it obvious what it is used for, for example when using a particular cloud account for a particular purpose.

    You can also change the name of the cloud proxy when you install it on the vCenter.

  5. Navigate to your vSphere Web Client data center, click the name of your vCenter Server cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template.
  6. Enter information as prompted to install the OVA on your vCenter Server.
  7. When prompted to enter the VMware Cloud Services OTK key or token, return to the Install Cloud Proxy page.
  8. Click the Copy Key icon.

    The OTK Key expires 24 hours after generation. To avoid using an expired key, click Regenerate Key before proceeding.

  9. Enter the Root User Password for your virtual appliance.
  10. Enter a name in Cloud Proxy Display Name.
  11. (Optional) To configure additional security and force connections to pass through a proxy server, use the Network Proxy Hostname/IP Address, Network Proxy Port, Network Proxy Username, and Network Proxy Password options to configure the network proxy.

    For details about configuring these cloud proxy settings, see Understanding the VMware Cloud services cloud proxy.

  12. Click Finish.
  13. The deployment takes a few minutes to finish. Locate the cloud proxy you just installed and click Power on.
  14. Return to the Cloud Proxy page in vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager to view the status of the cloud proxy you just installed.