VMware Hands-on Labs - HOL-1887-01-EMT

Lab Overview - HOL-1887-01-EMT - VMware Cloud on AWS - Getting Started

Lab Guidance

Note: It will take more than 90 minutes to complete this lab. You should expect to only finish 2-3 of the modules during your time.  The modules are independent of each other so you can start at the beginning of any module and proceed from there. You can use the Table of Contents to access any module of your choosing.

The Table of Contents can be accessed in the upper right-hand corner of the Lab Manual.

Be among the first to see the new VMware on AWS solution. You will interact with the VMware Cloud interface to perform basic tasks and manage your public cloud capacity.

Note:  A My VMware user account is required to access this lab.

The Student Check-In chapter will cover the My VMware requirements and how to access Cloud Services.

Lab Module List:.

 Lab Captains:

This lab manual can be downloaded from the Hands-on Labs Document site found here:


This lab may be available in other languages.  To set your language preference and have a localized manual deployed with your lab, you may utilize this document to help guide you through the process:



Location of the Main Console


  1. The area in the RED box contains the Main Console.  The Lab Manual is on the tab to the Right of the Main Console.
  2. A particular lab may have additional consoles found on separate tabs in the upper left. You will be directed to open another specific console if needed.
  3. Your lab starts with 90 minutes on the timer.  The lab can not be saved.  All your work must be done during the lab session.  But you can click the EXTEND to increase your time.  If you are at a VMware event, you can extend your lab time twice, for up to 30 minutes.  Each click gives you an additional 15 minutes.  Outside of VMware events, you can extend your lab time up to 9 hours and 30 minutes. Each click gives you an additional hour.



Alternate Methods of Keyboard Data Entry

During this module, you will input text into the Main Console. Besides directly typing it in, there are two very helpful methods of entering data which make it easier to enter complex data.



Click and Drag Lab Manual Content Into Console Active Window

You can also click and drag text and Command Line Interface (CLI) commands directly from the Lab Manual into the active window in the Main Console.  



Accessing the Online International Keyboard


You can also use the Online International Keyboard found in the Main Console.

  1. Click on the Keyboard Icon found on the Windows Quick Launch Task Bar.



Activation Prompt or Watermark


When you first start your lab, you may notice a watermark on the desktop indicating that Windows is not activated.  

One of the major benefits of virtualization is that virtual machines can be moved and run on any platform.  The Hands-on Labs utilizes this benefit and we are able to run the labs out of multiple datacenters.  However, these datacenters may not have identical processors, which triggers a Microsoft activation check through the Internet.

Rest assured, VMware and the Hands-on Labs are in full compliance with Microsoft licensing requirements.  The lab that you are using is a self-contained pod and does not have full access to the Internet, which is required for Windows to verify the activation.  Without full access to the Internet, this automated process fails and you see this watermark.

This cosmetic issue has no effect on your lab.  



Look at the lower right portion of the screen


Please check to see that your lab is finished all the startup routines and is ready for you to start. If you see anything other than "Ready", please wait a few minutes.  If after 5 minutes your lab has not changed to "Ready", please ask for assistance.


Lab Scenario


Rainpole Systems is a large multi-national manufacturer with operations concentrated in North America and Europe. They operate datacenters in both geographies but datacenter capacity is limited so they need to find a solution that will allow them to expand their IT infrastructure without the large capital expenditure of an on-premises datacenter expansion. They are also looking to expand operations into Asia and will need net new capacity in the region.

The CIO of Rainpole Systems has tasked the VP of Infrastructure to come up with a cost-effective plan to address their expansion and capacity needs while minimizing capital expenditure.


The Solution

The VP of Infrastructure contacts VMware to discuss their capacity concerns and desire to expand into Asia.  Through the course of these discussions and an overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS™ solution, it looks like this could solve both issues for Rainpole Systems. They could easily extend their existing datacenters to the cloud allowing capacity additions on demand while maintaining the same operational model. Also, when the decision is made to expand in Asia, VMware Cloud on AWS™ can provide datacenter capacity without the need to build a physical presence in the geography.

The remainder of this lab will walk through a technology overview of VMware Cloud on AWS and how it can be used to satisfy both use cases for Rainpole Systems.

Please continue to the overview of Amazon Web Services and VMware Cloud on AWS.


Introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services now commonly known as cloud computing. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business. With the cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster. Today, AWS provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world.


What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Whether you are running applications that share photos to millions of mobile users or you’re supporting the critical operations of your business, a cloud services platform provides rapid access to flexible and low-cost IT resources. With cloud computing, you don’t need to make large upfront investments in hardware and spend a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that hardware. Instead, you can provision exactly the right type and size of computing resources you need to power your newest bright idea or operate your IT department. You can access as many resources as you need, almost instantly, and only pay for what you use.

Cloud computing provides a simple way to access servers, storage, databases and a broad set of application services over the Internet. A cloud services platform such as Amazon Web Services owns and maintains the network-connected hardware required for these application services, while you provision and use what you need via a web application


Introduction to VMware Cloud on AWS


We are bringing together the best technologies from the leader in private cloud and the leader in the public cloud to deliver a jointly engineered solution that will bring significant value to customers.


Amazon Web Services (AWS):


Powerful Use Cases


Customers desire agility!  This is one of the main drivers to adopting cloud.  Whether it is private, public or combination of the two in a hybrid environment.  We see many different ways customers are looking to leverage a hybrid cloud environment.

Research has shown us three specific scenarios where VMware Cloud on AWS™ solves real-world infrastructure needs:

  1. Customers who plan to keep their center of mass in their private cloud, but selectively look to extend to public cloud for things like disaster recovery or specific regional capacity to enter markets where they do not have a presence today.  
  2. In the second scenario, customers want to reduce their datacenter footprint and do more in the public cloud, sometimes migrating apps selectively or, in other cases, looking to get out of their own datacenter entirely. 
  3. Finally, we see other customers who want to treat their private cloud and public cloud as equal peers, and easily move workloads between them, for things like moving apps from dev/test to production or cyclical capacity.



Provide and Maintain Operational Consistency


VMware Cloud on AWS™ enables operational consistency for customers of all sizes whether their workloads operate on-premises or in the public cloud.

This jointly engineered solution between VMware and Amazon Web Services provides global scale and allows customers to leverage their existing skills and tools while maintaining compatibility with their existing applications with no replatforming required.  Through the power of NSX customers can architect networking and security to suit the needs of their applications. VMware Cloud on AWS™ is a software defined enterprise solution that enables customers to maintain consistent SLA's across private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures.


VMware Cloud on AWS Architecture and Service Overview


VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, a unified Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX virtualization technologies. VMware Cloud on AWS will provide access to the broad range of native AWS services, together with the functionality, elasticity, and security customers have come to expect from the AWS Cloud.

VMware Cloud on AWS integrates VMware's flagship compute, storage and network virtualization products (vSphere, vSAN and NSX) along with vCenter management, and optimizes it to run on next-generation, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. vSphere allows customers to operate their virtual machines and containers in a similar fashion to their on-premises architecture.  

An in-cloud SDDC can be used on its own, but most customers have a hybrid cloud strategy. With vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (a new feature for VMware Cloud on AWS), customers can connect the two vCenters to create a single pane of glass for hybrid cloud management.

Most customers run a vRealize product on-premises such as vRealize Operations, or vRealize Automation. The in-cloud vCenter is just another end-point so customers can continue using their existing on-premises vRealize products. This way, customers can manage both their on-premises SDDC and the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC in a single pane of glass for operations and provisioning.

VMware Cloud on AWS provides access to a broad range of native AWS services. This helps with data gravity because customers are now able to place the application closer to the AWS services acting as a data source. Instead of network traffic egressing the DC firewalls to get to AWS, they are now connected to the same network as the underlying AWS services. This enables you to build and operate new application architectures with minimal latency and network overhead.


Flexible Consumption Models

VMware Cloud on AWS leverages cloud economics aligned for capacity and demand with one point of contact:




VMware Cloud on AWS is a Cloud Service


VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, operated and directly supported by VMware.  All software components of the cloud service are fully certified and supported by VMware.



Making the Hybrid Cloud a Reality


VMware Cloud on AWS can help customers achieve a true hybrid cloud and operate their application estate across private and public clouds seamlessly!



Student Check-In

This article will provide guidance on how to gain access to VMware Cloud Services. You will locate the Student Check-In page, search for your My VMware email address, validate and be redirected to the VMware Cloud Services Welcome page.

During this process you will receive an email invitation from VMware Cloud Services. This email can be ignored & deleted. Below are the steps to validate and gain access to the lab.

Only My VMware email addresses are granted access. See the Troubleshooting section below for common fixes.


Open Student Check-In Web Page


Open Chrome Browser


  1. On top of browser click Student Check-In
  2. This will navigate to https://checkin.hol.vmware.com



Search and Validate


  1. Enter your My VMware email address
  2. Click Search


Your My VMware email address must match the email address you used to login to Hands-on Labs.

If your email address is returned AND it's the same as your My VMware email address, Click to Validate

Click to Validate will 1) grant you access to cloud services, 2) send you a confirmation email, 3) redirect you to the VMware Cloud Service sign-in page.

Visit the Troubleshooting section at the end of this modue if help needed.



VMware Cloud Services Sign-In


  1. Confirm your My VMware address is shown correctly
  2. Click NEXT

If you are a VMware employee you will be redirected to Workspace ONE for password or RSA passcode.


  1. Enter your My VMware password
  2. Cick SIGN IN

Click Forgot Password if your password needs to be reset. Access reset emails from your personal device.



Open VMware Cloud on AWS


This is the Console landing page which provides navigation to any cloud services you have subscribed to.

In this lab, only VMware Cloud on AWS will be available to open.

Click OPEN  


You now have access to VMware Cloud on AWS until this lab expires or ends. Enjoy!

When this lab ends another email is sent letting you know access has been removed. You can always take the lab again to regain access.





If your email address was not found with a running lab please review these options to resolve.

Message after Click to Validate


After Click to Validate you are returned to the Student Check-In page with a highlighted message

Invalid Email address!

The searched email address was not found in My VMware.

You must create a new My VMware account that matches your Hands-on Labs email address. Click Register here and create a new account. Complete all required fields. Validate the new email address from your personal device. Return to Student Check-In and Search again.

Otherwise 1) End lab, 2) logout of Hands-on Labs catalog/station, 3) login with a My VMware email address that is registered with Hands-On Labs, 4) Enroll in lab again.

Your VMware profile is incomplete

Your My VMare email address was found but there are missing fields in the profile. Login to My VMware, Edit Profile and look for required fields that are missing information.

First Name, Last Name, Department, Job Role, Industry, Business Phone, Address, City, Zip Code and Country are mandatory fields.

Make sure to SAVE your profile before trying the Click to Validate again. Sometimes a few minutes is needed before profile changes are active.

Close and re-open Chrome browser if Click to Validate is returning same response after profile saved.

Not active

Your My VMare email address was found but you have not finished activating the account. Use your personal device and check for an email to activate the email address. Click to Validate again once activated.

Capacity Limits



If you searched for your email address and this response is returned please END your lab and try again later.  Each student is assigned a cloud services organization (org). When your lab started all these orgs were in use.

A few additonal options will be shown.



In this introduction, we covered a high level overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS service and the architecture.  We explained how it can help Rainpole Systems solve the need for additional capacity and regional expansion.


VMware Cloud on AWS is a Unified Hybrid Cloud Management Solution


This solution integrates VMware's flagship compute, storage and network virtualization products, along with vCenter management and optimizes it to run on next generation, elastic bare metal AWS infrastructure.



VMware Cloud on AWS Overview (Technical Preview) - 5:02

See how the leader in private cloud and the leader in public cloud brought their powerful capabilities together to deliver a truly compelling and differentiated solution.



VMware Cloud on AWS Deeper Dive (Technical Preview) - 7:11

Dig a little deeper to see how the VMware SDDC stack runs on AWS to provide a consistent operational hybrid model that delivers capacity and services on demand. Includes a look into networking configuration options and the power of elastic DRS (eDRS) and auto remediation.


Module 1 - Deploying an SDDC Through the User Interface (30 Minutes)

Introduction to Deploying SDDC through the User Interface

Deploying a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is the first step in making use of the VMware Cloud on AWS service.  

In this module, we will discuss one of the most common scenarios for deploying new applications onto a Software Defined Data Center on VMware Cloud on AWS.  

It is peak manufacturing season at Rainpole Systems and additional capacity is needed based on the increased load on the systems.  Because their North American datacenters are at capacity, they decide to utilize VMware Cloud on AWS for additional capacity.  Mary is an administrator on their information technology team and is tasked with deploying an SDDC to meet these needs.

Let's walk through how Mary can quickly deploy a Software Defined Data Center and meet the needs of Rainpole Systems.  

We will provide an overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS user interface and become familiar with the options available with the solution.


Before Beginning this Module

Please verify your login credential by following the instructions in the Student Check-in here. It is very important that the email address you logged into Hands-On-Labs matches your My VMware credentials.

If you have completed these steps above, please continue to learn more about deploying an SDDC through the VMware Cloud on AWS console.



Deploy a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) through the VMC Console


Creating your first SDDC is simple.  Once you receive your login information and have completed your VMware Cloud on AWS activation process, you are ready to deploy your first SDDC.  

  1. Open a Google Chrome browser and login to http://vmc.vmware.com with your My VMware Portal credentials.

Note: If you do not have a My VMware Portal login, please follow the instructions here to create one.  You may need to login again once you have verified your My VMware login credentials.

  1. Click the CREATE SDDC button.



Configure SDDC Parameters


Deploying an SDDC to host your workloads in the cloud provides a simple Control Plane for IT.  You can manage, govern and secure applications running in private and public clouds. VMware Cloud on AWS centralizes management, provides comprehensive visibility to your SDDC, and enterprise-class security.

When you deploy an SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS, it is created within an AWS VPC dedicated to your organization. VMware creates and manages this VPC, and you have no direct access to it.

Note: For demonstration purposes and to meet the time constraints of the Hands-on-Labs environment, we will be deploying SDDC instances which are datacenters that do not include any physical hardware.  This allows us to demonstrate how an SDDC is created while not waiting for the actual installation.

Execute the following steps to deploy your SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS.

  1. Enter a Name for your SDDC.  
  2. Leave the default of 4 for the Number of Hosts
  3. For the AWS Region leave the default US West (Oregon) selected
  4. Click Next to move on to the management network configuration




Configure Management Network


The final step in before deploying your SDDC is to define the CIDR range for the management network.

  1. Enter an IP address range for the management network as a CIDR block (i.e or leave the text box blank to use the default. Consider the following when choosing the management subnet:
    • You can't change the values specified for the management network after the SDDC has been created.
    • If you plan to connect your SDDC to an on-premises data center, the IP addresses you choose must be different from the ones in your on-premises data center, to avoid IP address conflict.
    • The maximum number of hosts your SDDC can contain depends on the size of the CIDR block you specify. In order to accommodate more than four hosts, you must specify a /16, /20, or /23 CIDR block. Please note that and are reserved CIDRs and cannot be selected.
  2. Click Deploy SDDC.  The SDDC will take a few moments to deploy


Note: CIDR notation is a compact representation of an IP address and its associated routing prefix. The notation is constructed from an IP address, a slash('/') character, and a decimal number. The number is the count of leading bits in the routing mask, traditionally called the network mask. The IP address is expressed according to the standards of IPv4 or IPv6.

The address may denote a single, distinct interface address or the beginning address of an entire network. The maximum size of the network is given by the number of addresses that are possible with the remaining, least-significant bits below the prefix. The aggregation of these bits is often called the host identifier.

For example:



Explore the VMware Cloud on AWS Console


Once you have deployed the SDDC, we can take a tour of the VMware Cloud on AWS console.  The SDDC overview is available right away with Summary, Network, Connection Info and Support tabs.  Customers can get a quick Data Center Snapshot of their SDDC infrastructure and manage it all from this console. To access the information specific to the SDDC that was just created:

  1. Click View Details on the SDDC



Explore Details about the Software Defined Datacenter


Key areas to understand about your VMware Cloud on AWS Console:

  1. Summary - this is the default management page for your SDDC.  View CPU, Memory and Storage metrics, Network configuration, Connection Info and Support as well as Actions that control your SDDC.  You can also directly open your vCenters from your VMware Cloud on AWS console for ease of management, VM Migrations, Content migration and much more!
  2. Network - Provides a full diagram of the Management and Compute Gateways.  This is where you can view which VPNs are configured and Firewall Rules.  We will cover this in more detail later.
  3. Add Ons - Here you will find Add On services for your VMware Cloud on AWS environment, like Hybrid Cloud Extension and Site Recovery.
  4. Connection Info - gives you access to your vSphere Web Client, vCenter Server, vCenter Server API and reviews your Authentication information.
  5. Support - you can contact Support with your SDDC ID, Org ID, vCenter Private and Public IPs and the date of your SDDC Deployment.
  6. Actions Menu - This will contain any actions available for your SDDC including deletion of the environment.  
  7. Open vCenter - you can directly access your Private SDDC through this option.  Before you can login to your vCenter, you must open network access to vCenter through the management gateway. Choose an option for opening network access by creating a Firewall Rule and setting up your VPN access.

Note: Because this is a demonstration environment, you will not have access to a vCenter server.


VMware Cloud on AWS Network Configuration


Network optimization is just one of the benefits of utilizing VMware Cloud on AWS.  You gain operational visibility, control, and compliance across workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS. You can also optimize performance, health, and availability of your network between the private and public cloud.

In the VMware Cloud on AWS Console, you can view the Networking diagram of your Hybrid cloud.  You will configure your network configuration to complete your VMware Cloud AWS connection to your private cloud.

In the VMware Cloud on AWS Console, you can configure firewall rules, configure an IPsec VPN, and configure DNS for the management gateway. To connect your Private Cloud to VMware Cloud on AWS, you need to configure a Management Gateway.  

We will review how to configure the following networking components to setup your Management Gateway.

Once your Management Gateway is configured, the Compute Gateway needs to be configured to complete the networking connectivity for your VMware Cloud on AWS environment. The reason there are two gateways is to isolate the management network from the compute network through separate VPN connections.

The Compute Gateway handles network traffic for your workload VMs. You will review the following components to setup a Compute Gateway:

Note: This is a simulated lab and we will be unable to connect your private cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS during this lab.  The steps that require connectivity to your private cloud will be noted.  The steps are provided for demonstration purposes only.  

Please continue to learn how to configure a VMware Cloud on AWS Management Gateway.


VMware Cloud on AWS Management Gateway Firewall Rules


By default, the firewall for the management gateway is set to deny all inbound and outbound traffic. You may add additional firewall rules to allow traffic as needed.

In the browser session previously opened perform the following task:

  1. Select the Network tab and scroll to the Management Gateway.
  2. Click the arrow next to Management Gateway Firewall Rules
  3. Click Add Rule (May Not Look As Shown)
  4. For the Rule Name, enter vCenter Access
  5. For the Source, enter which is the CIDR block for the Rainpole internal management networks. Once the VPN connection is established, this network will be able to communicate with vCenter
  6. Click the drop down below Destination and select vCenter to identify the vCenter server for VMware Cloud on AWS
  7. Click the drop down below Service and select HTTPS (TCP 443) to enable SSL access
  8. Click Save to save the firewall rule

Proceed to Add VPN to establish connectivity to the management network based on the firewall rule created above.



Create a Management VPN

Creating a management VPN allows you to securely access the vCenter Server system and Content Library deployed in your SDDC. Configure an IPsec VPN between your on-premises data center and cloud SDDC to allow easier and more secure communication. You don't have to set up a VPN connection, but transferring virtual machine templates and disk images into your SDDC in the cloud is easier and more secure if the connectivity is complete.

Configuring a management VPN requires the following steps:

If your on-premises gateway is behind another firewall, allow IPsec VPN traffic to pass through the firewall to reach your device by doing the following:

Configure the Management Gateway side of the tunnel.


  1. Click the arrow next to IPSEC VPNs
  2. Click Add VPN


  1. Enter Rainpole Management VPN for the name of the VPN.
  2. Click Remote Gateway Public IP  and enter the IP address of your on-premises gateway - Enter for this example.
  3. Click Remote Gateway Private IP and enter the Private IP address of your on-premises gatewat - Enter for this example.
  4. Click Remote Networks and enter for the address of your on-premises management network.
  5. There are 4 types of Encryption available in VMware Cloud on AWS (AES, AES 256, AES GCM, Triple DES) - Select AES-256.
  6. Perfect Forward Secrecy Select Enabled.
  7. Diffie Hellman Select DH14.
  8. Enter VMware1! for the Pre-Shared Key - the key is a string with a maximum length of 128 characters that is used by the two ends of the VPN tunnel to authenticate with each endpoint.
  9. Click Save..



Verifying the VPN Connection


In a customer deployment, you would need to configure the on-premises side of the tunnel. Configuration of the gateway device in your on-premises data center might need to be performed by a member of your networking team.

When the VPN tunnel is configured in the private cloud, you should be able to verify connectivity in both the VMware Cloud on AWS Console and by accessing the vCenter Server deployed in your environment with a Web browser

After you have saved the configuration, the VPN should now show as connected in the console diagram and the VPN settings.

Note: Because this is a simulated environment, the connection may remain disconnected. If it remains disconnected, you can ignore this and move on to the next step.



Configure DNS


The steps required to connect to the customer private cloud would be as follows:

  1. Click the arrow next to DNS
  2. Click Edit on the far right-hand side under DNS



  1. Enter and for DNS Server 1 and 2 (In a customer deployment these would be the private IP addresses for your internal DNS servers)
  2. Click Save to save the configuration

This completes the configuration of the management gateway.



Viewing Compute Logical Networks


Since you are unable to create logical networks, you can utilize the default logical network created during the SDDC build for the remainder of this networking section of the manual.

To find the logical network information, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Arrow next to Logical Networks under the Compute Gateway
  2. You can see the default logical network has a CIDR block of and has DHCP enabled

For the next few sections, we will assume a workload virtual machine has been deployed to this network and has an IP address of



Setup Compute Gateway Firewall Rules


By default, the firewall for the compute gateway is set to deny all inbound and outbound traffic. You may add additional firewall rules to allow traffic as needed.

In the browser session previously opened perform the following task:

  1. Scroll down the network page to the network settings for the compute gateway (not management)
  2. Click the arrow next to Firewall Rules
  3. Click Add Rule (Not Shown)
  4. For the Rule Name, enter Rainpole Web Access
  5. Under Action, select Allow in the drop down
  6. For the Source, type Any which will allow any computer on the internet to connect to this web server
  7. For Destination, type This is the IP address of the virtual machine that was deployed
  8. Click the drop down below Service and select HTTP (TCP 80) to enable HTTP access
  9. Click Save to save the firewall rule

Proceed to request a public IP address



Request a Public IP Address


Before you can configure a Network Address Translation (NAT) rule, you must request a public IP address.

In the browser session previously opened perform the following task:

  1. Scroll down the network page to the network settings for the compute gateway
  2. Click the arrow next Public IPs
  3. Click Request Public IP (Not Shown)
  4. Below Notes, type Rainpole Web Server Public IP
  5. Click Request to get a public IP address


After you click Request, you will see the new Public IP address associated with the SDDC now.



Set Inbound NAT Settings


Inbound Network Address Translation (NAT) allows you to map internet traffic to a public-facing IP address and port to a private IP address and port inside your SDDC's compute network.

  1. Scroll down the Network page to the Network settings for the Compute Gateway
  2. Under Compute Gateway, click the arrow next to NAT
  3. Click Add NAT Rule (Not Shown)
  4. Type Rainpole Web NAT under Description
  5. Select the drop down under Public IP and select the IP Address you requested in the Request a Public IP lesson
  6. For Service, select HTTP (TCP 80) to allow inbound web traffic
  7. Under Public Ports leave the default of 80
  8. For Internal IP specify our Web Server IP address of
  9. Click Save to activate the rule.

After completing this configuration, the web server would be available via the internet through the public IP address on port 80.



Remaining Tasks on the Compute Gateway

You can now configure the Compute VPN and Compute DNS following the same steps that were completed on the Management Gateway explained in this article.  You will need to replace the SDDC IP ranges on the VPN with the IP range for the logical switch on the Compute Gateway.


Getting Information About Your vCenter Server


The VMware Cloud on AWS portal provides connectivity information for the vCenter server associated with the environment. This information includes URLs to access the vCenter server, authentication credentials and PowerCLI connection information.

vCenter connectivity information is highlighted in the screenshot below:

  1. Click Connection Info in the details for the SDDC you provisioned in previous steps.
  2. The first section includes URLs for the vCenter HTML5 Client and the vCenter Server API Explorer.
  3. The next section contains the Authentication credentials for login to the vCenter Server.  You can Click the boxes next to the credentials to copy them to the clipboard.
  4. The last section shows an example PowerCLI connect string to access the vCenter server

Proceed to the next article to learn about getting support for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Getting Support with VMware Cloud on AWS is Easy!


VMware Cloud on AWS allows customers to have one point of contact for Support.  You have a number of options for getting help for your VMware Cloud on AWS environment.

Before you contact VMware for support, have the support information for your SDDC ready. Click Support in the details view for the SDDC you provisioned earlier in this module.

Select a method for getting help or support:

  1. Chat - Click the Chat icon and Click New Conversation.  Type your message in the chat window.  You can include images by dragging them into the chat window.  Note: Please do not use chat support as part of this lab!
  2. File a support request on My VMware - Click the help icon and click My VMware.  You are taken directly to a form for filing a support request after you logging to the My VMware portal
  3. When contacting support, please have your Org ID and SDDC ID available to expedite the support process

In summary, VMware Cloud on AWS offers new methods to get support for the product through live chat, support forums and context sensitive help.

It is also important to remember that traditional phone and web support are included as part of the product.  You can utilize the method that comfortably aligns with your companies standard.

Please proceed to the next article to learn more about VMware Cloud on AWS.


In this module, we covered how to utilize the HTML5 interface to quickly deploy and configure Software Defined Data Centers while using VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This knowledge should allow Rainpole Systems to quickly deploy additional infrastructure to meet the needs of their manufacturing operations.


VMware Cloud on AWS Overview (Technical Preview) - 5:02

See how the leader in private cloud and the leader in public cloud brought their powerful capabilities together to deliver a truly compelling and differentiated solution.



VMware Cloud on AWS Deeper Dive (Technical Preview) - 7:11

Dig a little deeper to see how the VMware SDDC stack runs on AWS to provide a consistent operational hybrid model that delivers capacity and services on demand. Includes a look into networking configuration options and the power of elastic DRS (eDRS) and auto remediation.



You have completed the lab!

Congratulations on completing the VMware Cloud on AWS Hands On Lab. If you would like to review any of the introductory information, you can return here.

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To end your lab click on the END button.  



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