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Manual Chapter: VMware Cloud Integration
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About VMware integration

To provide services to VMware tenants, you must first configure communication between VMware products, and BIG-IQ Cloud. Then, you associate a vMware cloud connector with a device, and create a catalog entry for a corresponding VMware service profile. The tenants to whom you give access to the catalog entry see it in their applications panel. From there, they can use it to self-deploy their own vApps.

Using the VMware interface, you can manage the virtual machines necessary for application deployments, add or remove a virtual machine, and start or stop virtual machines. You can use your cloud vendor's user interface to duplicate changes.

Important: To integrate with BIG-IQ Cloud, you must use VMware vShield Manager version 5.1.1 or later, VMware vCNS version 5.5 or later, and VMware NSX version 6.0 or later.

Network requirements for communication with VMware cloud services

For proper communication, BIG-IQ Cloud must have network access to the resources on which VMware software is installed. Before you can manage cloud resources, you must define a network route between the BIG-IQ Cloud’s internal VLAN and the management VLAN on the VMware. For specific instructions, refer to your VMware documentation.

Associating a VMware cloud connector with a device

To provide cloud tenant users with access to resources, you must configure a cloud connector. A cloud connector provides two services. First, you can use it to identify a specific set of resources, much like a virtual container, and second, it provides integration with third-party cloud services.
  1. Hover on the Connectors header and click the + icon when it appears.
  2. In the Name and Description fields, type a name and description. You can use the name and description to help you organize network resources into logical groups based on certain criteria, such as the location or application.
  3. From the Cloud Provider list, select VMware Networking.
  4. In the VMware Networking Address field, type the self IP address of the VMware system. The system administrator VMware IP address must be fully accessible from the internal VLAN.
  5. In the VMware Networking User Name and VMware Networking Password fields, type the credentials for the VMware administrator.
  6. From the BIG-IQ User Name list, select the BIG-IQ user the VMware administrator should contact and, in the BIG-IQ Password field, type the password for that user.
  7. Click the Save button.
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