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Support for VMware vSphere (5.5 and 6.0) is available in Scalr >=7.0.  Support for VMware vSphere is not currently available in Open Source Scalr.  Please note, in Scalr 7.0 only "Agentless" VMware vSphere instances are supported.  Agent support for VMware instances was introduced in Scalr 7.2.0 and requires Agent >= v5.1.8.

Note on current VMware support and usage expectations:  The VMware administrator is still, in our model, expected to retain access to vCenter. vCenter will still be used to perform tasks such as vMotion, noisy neighbor resolution, rescheduling, expanding cluster size, etc.  Scalr is used to provide self-service to the VMware resource pool, which provides users a much better API and UI experience.  Scalr also allows for more fine-grained control over access permissions, compared to vCenter where users will typically have a flat view in to all VMs or none at all. vRealize can be used instead of vCenter, but aside from the occasional cost and limited workload placement policies it just doesn't have the comprehensive policy engine that Scalr provides, nor does it support public cloud as well as VMware.

Typical paths are as follows:

  • Users > Scalr > vCenter > VMware
  • VMware Admin > vCenter > VMware

Complete the steps outlined below to begin using Scalr with VMware vSphere.

First, access the Account Dashboard by clicking on your Environment drop down on the top right, and then the green label for the current account in order to "Manage Account".

Credentials may be added from the Cloud Credentials menu or directly from the Environments tab.  In this example we will add credentials from the Environments tab.

Next, select Environments from the top bar. Then select the environment to which you want to add VMware vSphere credentials, and click on Link Cloud.

Next you will be prompted to select your Cloud Credentials, or add new ones. 

After selecting Add Credentials, you will be prompted to configure your Cloud Credentials and properties:

Be sure to Save once you are finished entering your credentials.  Alternatively, Cloud Credentials may be added via the Cloud Credentials menu rather than directly adding credentials to an Environment.

After entering Cloud Credentials for VMware and Linking them to an Environment, your next step will be to Register an Image for use in your Farms.