Using cloud proxies in vRealize Operations Cloud, you can collect and monitor data from your on-premises data centers. Typically, you need only one cloud proxy per physical data center. You can deploy one or more cloud proxies in vRealize Operations Cloud to create a one-way communication between your on-premises environment and vRealize Operations Cloud. The cloud proxies work as one-way remote collectors and upload data from the on-premises environment to vRealize Operations Cloud. Cloud proxies can support multiple vCenter Server accounts.

Prerequisites

  • 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.
  • Verify that the outgoing HTTPS traffic is allowed for the cloud proxy. The cloud proxy communicates with the vRealize Operations Cloud gateway using HTTPS.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vRealize Operations Cloud.
  2. In the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane select Management > Cloud Proxy, and click New.
  3. Save the OVA path. Optionally, click Download Cloud Proxy OVA to download and save the OVA file locally.
    • To copy the link for the VMware vRealize® Operations Cloud Appliance™, click the Copy Path icon for the Cloud Proxy OVA.
    • To download and save the OVA file locally, click Download Cloud Proxy OVA.
  4. Navigate to your vSphere, select the name of your vCenter Server cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template from the Actions menu.
  5. Insert the ova link and then click Next.
    • Paste the cloud proxy ova link in the URL field.
    • Click the Local File option, browse, and select the downloaded OVA file.
  6. Follow the prompts to install the OVA on your vCenter Server.
    For the most current information about sizing and scaling, see Knowledge Base article 78491.
  7. When prompted to enter the One Time Key (OTK) in the Customize template screen, return to the Install Cloud Proxy page in vRealize Operations Cloud, and click the Copy Key icon.
    The One Time Key expires 24 hours after generation. To avoid using an expired key, click Regenerate Key before proceeding. The one time key is used by the cloud proxy to authenticate to vRealize Operations Cloud.
  8. Return to vSphere and paste the key in the One Time Key text box to install the vRealize Operations Cloud Appliance.
  9. (Optional) Set up a proxy server in the Customize template screen.
    1. Enter details in the Network Proxy IP Address and Network Proxy Password properties.
    2. To disable SSL, deselect the Use SSL connection to proxy check box.
    3. Alternatively, if you are using SSL, you can choose to verify the certificate of the proxy server. Public certificate authorities are used to verify the proxy server certificate. To disable this, deselect the Verify proxy's SSL cert check box in the Verify SSL cert property.
    4. If you have a custom certificate authority, paste the root certificate authority in the Custom CA property to verify the certificate of the proxy server. The root certificate authority is passed on to the cloud proxy. Do not include the following lines from the certificate authority:
      "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----" 
      "-----END CERTIFICATE-----"
  10. Click Finish.
    The deployment takes a few minutes to finish.
  11. Locate the cloud proxy you just installed, select the vRealize Operations Cloud Appliance, and click Power on.
    Note: You must power on the vRealize Operations Cloud Appliance within 24 hours of registering it. After 24 hours, the One Time Key expires, and you must delete the vRealize Operations Cloud Appliance and deploy another cloud proxy.
  12. Return to the Cloud Proxy page in vRealize Operations Cloud to view the status of the cloud proxy you just installed.
    Option Description
    Name The name of the cloud proxy.
    IP The IP address of the cloud proxy VM in the vCenter Server.
    Status The status of the cloud proxy when connected. For example, the Online status is displayed when the VM is connected.
    Cloud Accounts The number of cloud accounts that are created and associated with the cloud proxy.
    Other Accounts The number of accounts that are created and associated with the cloud proxy.
    Creation Date Installation date of the cloud proxy.
  13. To view the accounts that are using this connection, click the Cloud Proxy.
  14. (Optional) To remove a cloud proxy, click Remove.

What to do next

If a Cloud Proxy upgrade is available, the upgrade is triggered automatically. Expect a downtime of one or two cycles, as the Cloud Proxy does not collect any data during this period. Data collection resumes after the upgrade is complete.