A physical endpoint represents one physical machine or a pool of multiple physical machines. To make a physical machine available for provisioning, you must create an endpoint to represent it.

Information about each known physical machine, such as its installed memory and CPU count, is collected regularly through its management interface. Physical machines do not belong to fabric groups. A fabric administrator can manage any known physical machine and reserve it for any business group.

Until a physical machine is provisioned, it is considered to be unprovisioned, even if it already has an operating system. After it is provisioned with an operating system, or imported with its existing operating system intact, a physical machine is under the same management and control as a virtual or cloud machine.

vCloud Automation Center communicates with physical machines through the following types of physical endpoints, which represent the management interfaces through which it communicates.

Cisco UCS Manager

Dell iDRAC


iDRAC and iLO endpoints represent single standalone machines. Cisco UCS Manager endpoints represent pools of multiple machines.