The VMware vCloud API includes extensions that support operations on the vSphere platform, which provides resources to vCloud Director. A system administrator can use these extensions to retrieve or update the configuration of a cloud, add or remove vSphere resources, and import vApps and media from vCenter.

Only the system administrator can perform vSphere platform operations. Before you attempt these operations, log in to the System organization with the user name and password of the system administrator account that was created when vCloud Director was installed. See Administrator Credentials and Privileges.