DellEMC EHC – ‘Onboarding A Local Cluster’ (Part 1)

The following two-part post details how to add an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) vSphere Local Cluster, in EHC terms we refer to this cluster type as LC1S (Local Copy on One Site) other EHC cluster types include:

VS1S – vSAN Storage on One Site (not used by STaaS)
CA1S – CA VPLEX Metro Storage on One Site
CA2S – CA VPLEX Metro Storage across Two Sites
DR2S – DR RecoverPoint Storage across Two Sites

For details on how to add other cluster types please refer to the EHC Admin Guide:

ENTERPRISE HYBRID CLOUD 4.1.2 Administration Guide

There are a number of prerequisites required in advance of running the Onboard Cluster workflow in EHC, namely:

  • Add a Site
  • Add a vCenter
  • Add a Hardware Island

Part 1 will address the first two prerequisites (Add a Site, Add a vCenter).

The below flowchart details nicely what is required in terms of prerequisites and is provided for throughout the EHC Admin Guide for the various cluster types (thanks @LifeOfBrianOC):

AddSiteFlow1

Note: this post provides an example and does not substitute for the EHC Admin Guide.

Adding A Site

EHC can support up to 8 sites depending on the combination of protection services implemented with each site consisting of multiple Hardware Islands and vSphere clusters. Begin by logging into the EHC tenant portal as the system administrator with entitlements to the EHC Maintenance catalog items. Navigate to: Catalog -> EHC Configuration -> Site Maintenance:

EHCCreateSite1

Type a site description:

EHCCreateSite2

Choose the action type ‘Add Site‘:

EHCCreateSite3

Provide a ‘Site Name‘:

EHCCreateSite4

Click Submit:

EHCCreateSite5

EHCCreateSite6

Monitor the Request:

EHCCreateSite7

Once the request completes successfully the newly added site object will be displayed in the vRealize Orchestrator inventory under ‘Dynamic Types – EHC – Sites‘:

EHCCreateSite8

First step completed with the Site details populated into the EHC Object Model Database. For further information on the EHC OMDB please refer to the EHC Concepts & Architecture Guide.

Adding A vCenter Endpoint

Next we will add and associate a new vCenter to the newly created Site, leveraging the vRealize Automation Catalog item vCenter Endpoint Maintenance. EHC today supports up to 4x managed vCenter endpoints (vRealize Automation vCenter endpoint) offering the following services:

-Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
-Storage as a service (STaaS)
-Backup as a service (BaaS)
-Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

6x Additional vCenters may be added (for a total of 10 vCenters) which can provide IaaS services only.

Begin by logging into the EHC tenant portal as the system administrator with entitlements to the EHC Maintenance catalog items. Navigate to: Catalog -> EHC Configuration -> vCenter Endpoint Maintenance:

EHCAddVC1

Type a vCenter description:

EHCAddVC2

Choose the action type ‘Add vCenter‘, type a name for the vCenter Oject, select:

-vCenter FQDN (values pulled from the vRealize Orchestrator vCenter plugin)
-Site
-Datacenter

EHCAddVC3

EHCAddVC4

Monitor the Request:

EHCAddVC5

Once the request completes successfully the newly added vCenter object will be displayed in the vRealize Orchestrator inventory under ‘Dynamic Types – EHC – vCenters‘:

EHCAddVC6

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