vCAC 6 series – Part 8 – Installing vSphere Agent


vCAC 6 – Installing vSphere Agent

vCloud Automation Center uses the following types of agents to manage external systems:

  • Hypervisor proxy agents
    • vSphere,
    • Citrix Xen Servers
    • Microsoft Hyper-V servers
  • External provisioning infrastructure (EPI) integration agents
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) agents
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) agents

See more on a First part of my vCloud Automation Center series – Architecture.

Installing agent for vSphere vCenter server.
  • Download installer from vCloud automation centre appliance.
  • Run installer as Administrator on Proxy machine (in my example it will be vca02 – IaaS server)
  • provide credentials to vCloud Automation Center Appliance
  • Choose custom install –> Proxy Agents
Custom installation

Custom installation

  • provide credentials for a user proxy agent user, you can specify the same user for proxy service as well as for accessing vCetner server


  • Select vSphere from Agent type drop down menu
  • provide unique agent name
  • type manage service host name
  • Model web manager host name
  • type FQDN for vCenter server
  • click on ADD button
Configure vSphere proxy agent

Configure vSphere proxy agent

  • When installation finish successfully, verify if service is started.
vSphere agent service

vSphere agent service

Configure the vSphere Agent

Property name: managementEndpointName

Description: The name of the generic endpoint for which the agent was configured at installation. Changing this property renames the generic endpoint within vCloud Automation Center rather than changing endpoints.

Property name: doDeletes

Description: Determines whether machines are deleted from vCenter Server when destroyed in vCloud Automation Center, or instead moved to the VRMDeleted folder.

  • go to agent installation folder, default is: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\CD Agents\agent_name
  • view current and available configuration settings by typing DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config get
c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config get
  managementEndpointName: vc02.lab.local
  doDeletes: true

c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config
Usage DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe:  [  [value] | ]
    Any of the following properties may be configured.
    Note: Setting the password property prevents input from echoing to the screen.


c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>

In order to change property value type: DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config set doDeletes false property doDeletes has changed to false

c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config set doDeletes false

c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>DynamicOps.Vrm.VRMencrypt.exe VRMAgent.exe.config get
  managementEndpointName: vc02.lab.local
  doDeletes: false

c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\vSphere-vc02>


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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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