Download and install vCenter Cloud Gateway to access solutions available from VMware Cloud.

Procedure

  1. Download the vCenter Cloud Gateway installer:
  2. In the installer ISO image, browse to the ui-installer folder and open the folder for the operating system from which you want to install vCenter Cloud Gateway.
    • For Windows OS, go the win32 subdirectory and run the installer.exe file.
    • For Linux OS, go to the lin64 subdirectory, and run the installer file.
    • For Mac OS, go to the mac subdirectory and run the Installer.app file.
  3. Click Get Started.
  4. Accept the End User License agreement and click Next.
  5. Specify the deployment parameters and click Next.
    Note: For vSphere Advantage, enter the details of the vCenter Server that you plan to connect to this vCenter Cloud Gateway.
    Option Steps
    You can connect to an ESXi host on which to install vCenter Cloud Gateway.
    1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the ESXi host.
    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the ESXi host.
    3. Enter the user name and password of a user with administrative privileges on the ESXi host, for example, the root user.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target ESXi host, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

    You can connect to a vCenter Server instance and browse the inventory to select an ESXi host or DRS cluster on which to install vCenter Cloud Gateway.

    1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.
    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server instance.
    3. Enter the user name and password of user with vCenter Single Sign-On administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target vCenter Server instance, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.
    6. Select the data center or data center folder:
      • For VMware Cloud on AWS: Select the data center or data center folder that contains the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to install vCenter Cloud Gateway, and click Next.
        Note: You must select a data center or data center folder that contains at least one ESXi host that is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.
      • For vSphere Advantage: Select the default VM Folder in the data center where the management cluster resides and click Next.
      • For VMware Cloud on AWS: select the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to install vCenter Cloud Gateway, and click Next.
      • For vSphere Advantage: select the cluster that you plan to use as the management cluster and click Next.
  6. Set up the target appliance VM and click Next.
    Parameter Description
    VM name Enter a name for the vCenter Cloud Gateway VM. The appliance name must not contain a percent sign (%), backslash (\), or forward slash (/) and must not be more than 80 characters in length.
    Set root password Set a root password for the vCenter Cloud Gateway VM.

    The password must contain only lower ASCII characters without spaces, at least eight characters, a number, uppercase and lowercase letters, and a special character. A few examples of special character are, an exclamation mark (!), hash key (#), at sign (@), or brackets ().

    Confirm root password Confirm the password you set above.
  7. Select the datastore location for vCenter Cloud Gateway and click Next.
    1. Select the datastore where you want to place the vCenter Cloud Gateway VM.
    2. Select Enable Thin Disk Mode to conserve disk space by installing vCenter Cloud Gateway using a thin disk.
  8. Configure the network settings for vCenter Cloud Gateway and click Next.
    Parameter Description
    Network Select the network.

    The networks displayed in the drop-down menu depend on the network settings of the target server. If you are installing vCenter Cloud Gateway directly on an ESXi host, non-ephemeral distributed virtual port groups are not supported and are not displayed in the drop-down menu.

    IP version Select the IP address version.

    You can select either IPv4 or IPv6.

    IP assignment Select how to allocate the IP address.
    • static

      The wizard prompts you to enter the IP address and network settings.

      Note: Avoid using an IP address as a system name. If you use an IP address as a system name, you cannot change the IP address and update the DNS settings after the installation.
    • DHCP

      A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP address. Select this option only if a DHCP server is available in your environment.

    FQDN If you have an enabled DDNS in your environment, you can enter a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for vCenter Cloud Gateway. If you enter an FQDN that already exists, the installer warns you that this will cause an error in the installation unless you isolate the network where vCenter Cloud Gateway is on. For example, you can install vCenter Cloud Gateway on a different port group from the existing FQDN.
    Note: Ensure that you add the FQDN in your DNS server before you start the installation.
    IP address If you selected a static IP address, enter the IP address for vCenter Cloud Gateway. If you enter an IP address that already exists, the installer warns you that this will cause an error in the installation unless you isolate the network where vCenter Cloud Gateway is on. For example, you can install vCenter Cloud Gateway on a different port group from the existing IP address.
    Subnet mask or prefix length Enter the subnet mask or prefix length for the IP address.
    Default Gateway Enter the default gateway that vCenter Cloud Gateway should use.
    DNS Servers Enter the addresses of the DNS servers used by vCenter Cloud Gateway.
  9. Configure vCenter Cloud Gateway settings and click Next.
    • Select Synchronize Time with NTP servers and enter the address of one or more NTP servers in the text box to use NTP servers for time synchronization.
      Note: Ensure that you enter the correct address for the NTP servers. Otherwise, the installation may not complete successfully.
    • Select Synchronize Time with ESXi host to synchronize time with the host where you are installing vCenter Cloud Gateway.
  10. Click Finish to install vCenter Cloud Gateway.

Results

vCenter Cloud Gateway is installed in your on-premises environment. A progress bar shows the progress of the installation.

What to do next

To configure services, open the vCenter Cloud Gateway UI at https://gw-address:5480/gw-platform/ where gw-address is the IP address or FQDN of vCenter Cloud Gateway.

Note:

After you have installed the appliance, consider configuring appliance log collection following the guidelines in VMware Knowledge Base article 67158. Appliance logs are useful when requesting support.