During the VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) Customer Summit last week, I received an interesting question from one of our field folks on whether it was possible to deploy a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to VMC for testing purposes? This was not a use case I had heard of before but it would enable the team to quickly prototype a solution to demonstrate to their customer.
I figured this should work and you should be able to just point the VCSA Installer to an existing VMC environment for deployment. It was mentioned that they had attempted to run the installer but ran into a permission issue where it required a full administrator role, which in VMC, customers do not have.
In taking a look for myself in one of my VMC environment using the VCSA UI Installer, I did indeed run into the same permission issue as shown in the screenshot below.
User has no administrative privileges
This surprised me as the VCSA Installer does not actually require administrative privileges to deploy a VCSA, just the privileges for deploying a regular VM. I captured the logs and screenshots and have shared this with the VCSA PM for further investigation.