AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server enables you to manage your AWS resources using VMware vCenter. The portal installs as a vCenter Server plug-in within your existing vCenter Server environment. Once installed, it enables you to migrate VMware VMs to Amazon EC2 and manage AWS resources from within vCenter Server.

Getting Started with AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server (7:09)


AWS resources that you create using AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server will be located in your AWS account, even though they have been created using vCenter Server. For experienced VMware administrators, AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server provides a familiar look and feel that will make it easy to start using AWS. For enterprises with existing VMware-based environments, the portal makes it easy to begin moving computing resources to the cloud, while continuing to leverage existing tools and training materials while beginning their transition. Service providers that offer VMware-based services can also use the portal to offer their end customers self-service access to AWS.

It is available at no additional charge. Customers will be charged for AWS services consumed using the portal.

AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server is designed with enterprise customers in mind. It includes Single Sign-On support, so you can leverage Active Directory or other identity providers to manage your users. It provides integrated Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), so you can set fine-grained permissions over the specific resources that end users can view, create, or modify. Administrators can also define templates, which specify the images, instance types, networks, and other resources that end-users can leverage when creating EC2 instances, providing a familiar governance model for managing what end-users are able to do within the portal. Resources created within the portal are automatically tagged, so administrators can also generate tag-based cost allocation reports for resources created using the portal.

AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server includes integrated support for VM Import. Once the portal is installed within vCenter Server, you can right-click on a stopped VM and select “Migrate to EC2” to create an EC2 instance from the VM. The portal will handle exporting the VM from vCenter Server, uploading it to S3, and converting it into an EC2 instance for you, with no additional work required. You can also track the progress of your VM migrations within the portal. For customers looking to migrate VMs from VMware to AWS, this provides AWS’s simplest and most user-friendly option for migrating your VMs.

*The time required for migrating a VM to Amazon EC2 is dependent upon your network connection speed and the size of the virtual machine image being uploaded.

AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server enables enterprises and service providers to offer a self-service portal for deploying and managing AWS resources within vCenter Server. Within the portal, administrators can define the networks, resources, and templates that can be used within AWS. And end-users can leverage the templates and networks that their administrators have created to deploy resources within AWS. The portal allows administrators to have fine-grained controls over the images, instance types, and configurations that end-users can use when deploying resources. Integrated Single Sign-On (SSO) means that end-users simply open the portal and click on a template to deploy it. Integrated Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC) make it easy to set fine-grained controls over the resources that end-users can create, view, modify, or delete. And automatic tagging ensures that resources are tagged, so administrators know which resources are being used by each environment or application. Customer can also leverage the portal-provided tags to generate environment or application-level chargeback reports using AWS Billing’s tag-based billing reports.

Migrate your existing VM-based applications and workloads to Amazon EC2. Using the portal, you can preserve the software and settings that you have configured in your existing VMs, while benefiting from running your applications and workloads in Amazon EC2. Using the portal, migrating a VM is as simple as clicking on the VM in vCenter Server and selecting the “Migrate to EC2” menu option provided by the portal. Simply tell the portal which AWS region, instance types, and subnet you would like to use and the migration will begin. Once your VM has been migrated, you can also manage it using the portal. Within the portal, you get lifecycle management tools, summary data, monitoring, and other features for managing your imported instances, all available directly within vCenter Server. You can also use other AWS tools, like the AWS Management Console and AWS CLI, to manage your imported instances, if you prefer.

For customers experienced with managing VMware-based environments, the AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server provides a simple way to get started with AWS. The portal offers a focused set of management features, making it a good choice for new AWS customers. You will find that the process of creating your first Amazon EC2 instance using the portal is similar to creating a VM in vCenter Server. Similarly, creating your first VPC and subnet using the portal is a straightforward process and simply a matter of specifying the CIDR block you want to use and determining whether to make the network public or private. If you have invested in learning VMware and have trained on virtualization tools like vCenter Server, the portal lets you leverage your experience, while benefiting from the infrastructure, APIs, tools, and ecosystem that AWS provides. As you gain experience with AWS, you can use the portal in combination with other AWS tools, like the AWS Management Console and the AWS CLI, or even migrate to using those tools in place of the portal if you decide that it no longer meets your needs or if you move off of using VMware in the future.

The AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server enables you to leverage AWS regions across the US, EU, Asia Pacific, and South America, all from within vCenter Server. If you have end-users in other parts of the world, the portal makes it easy to create EC2 instances close to your end-users, regardless of where your VMware-based infrastructure is located.

AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server is a tool provided by AWS and is available at no additional charge, aside from normal service fees. Amazon S3 and EBS storage is utilized during VM migration and is billed separately. Customers will also incur Amazon EC2 and bandwidth charges when using the service, which is also billed separately.

Note: We suggest that you review the setup documentation before downloading the AWS Connector or beginning the setup process.

We recommend using AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) to migrate VMs from a vCenter environment to AWS. SMS automates the migration process by replicating on-premises VMs incrementally and converting them to Amazon machine images (AMIs). You can continue using your on-premises VMs while migration is in progress. For more information about AWS SMS, see AWS Server Migration Service.

If any of the following are true, you should consider using AWS SMS:

  • You are using vCenter 6.5 Server.
  • You want to specify BYOL licenses during migration.
  • You are interested in migrating VMs to Amazon EC2.
  • You want to use incremental migration.

You should only use AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server if you want to manage Amazon EC2 resources from within vSphere Client. AWS Management Portal for vCenter Server does not support vCenter 6.5 or later.

To get started with AWS SMS, see AWS Server Migration Service.

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