The vCloud Hybrid Service plug-in lets you view and manage your vCloud Hybrid Service resources in the vSphere Web Client. It provides another user interface for vCloud Hybrid Service, one that lets you manage your public cloud resources from an on-premise application.

overview

After you install the plug-in and register your vCloud Hybrid Service account with it, you can view all your Dedicated Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud instances from all regions. You can browse each cloud instance and manage its inventory of virtual data centers, virtual machines, gateways, networks, and templates. You can create new virtual data centers (in Dedicated Cloud instances), and manage gateways and networks. You can create new virtual machines from the templates in your vCloud Hybrid Service catalogs, connect them to networks, and manage them from the plug-in.

With the vCloud Hybrid Service plug-in installed in the vSphere Web Client, you also get a single pane of glass to manage both your on-premise data center and your public, vCloud Hybrid Service resources.

Note

As the plug-in is intended for administrators to manage their vCloud Hybrid Service resources, it requires you to have an administrator user role in vCloud Hybrid Service. The plug-in cannot be used by users with an End User role.

Key features of the vCloud Hybrid Service plug-in include the following.

The ability to set up your entire vCloud Hybrid Service environment, in the same way that you set it up in the vCloud Hybrid Service portal after you purchase resources.

Note

In the 1.0 release, some commands are not available in the plug-in. See Differences Between the vCloud Hybrid Service Plug-in and Portal for more information.

Synchronization between the vCloud Hybrid Service plug-in and portal

A notification service ensures that the plug-in and the portal are always synchronized. Any changes you make in the portal (with the same user name) are reflected in the plug-in. Similarly, any changes you make in the plug-in are reflected in the portal.

Integrated task management

Tasks for commands that you perform in the vCloud Hybrid Service portal (with the same user name) appear in the Tasks panel in the vSphere Web Client along with tasks that you perform in the plug-in.

Access to the vCloud Hybrid Service portal

From the plug-in, you can use the Manage in vCloud Hybrid Service Portal link to access the vCloud Hybrid Service portal. You can log in to the portal to perform tasks that are unavailable in the plug-in.

Single sign-on to vCloud Director

From the plug-in, you can use the Manage in vCloud Director UI link to access the vCloud Director instance underlying your cloud instance. You can use vCloud Director to perform advanced administrative tasks.