VCF On VxRAIL 3.9.1 – Walkthrough

The following detailed post provides an example walkthrough covering the process of:

  • Deploying a VxRail Management Workload Domain cluster
  • Deploying VMware CloudBuilder for VxRail
  • Bring up of VCF
  • Deploying a VxRail Virtual Infrastructure NSX-T Based Workload Domain cluster
  • Deploying vRSLCM
  • Deploying vROPs

Versions used in this example are VCF 3.9.1 & VxRail 4.7.410. 

The end result of this example build is that of a single site VCF on VxRail solution including a single NSX-T VI Workload Domain (thanks to @HeagaSteve for the architectural diagram):

vcf391walkthruvxrail1

Management Workload Domain Creation

The VxRail bring-up of the Management Cluster is similar to a standard VxRail bring-up with embedded vCenter and PSC being deployed, selecting None for Logging as vRealize Log Insight is deployed later in the Management Workload Domain during the VCF Bring-Up process. Tasks include:

  • VxRail Mgmt WLD cluster bring-up
  • Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
  • Externalize the vCenter using VxRail Manager plugin from the vCenter HTML client
  • Test the cluster shut down command to confirm externalization was successful
  • Change the Management port group to Ephemeral port type
  • Rename DC, Cluster, VDS, vSAN

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Deploy CloudBuilder

VMware Cloud Builder OVA downloaded from VMware.com and deployed: 

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VCF Bring-Up

The following section details the VCF on VxRail Bring-Up. At this stage the Cloud Builder VM has been deployed, powered on and user logged into the Cloud Builder UI, from here you proceed as follow:

  • Download the parameter Sheet from Cloud Builder
  • Populate the Parameter sheet based on network and environment specifics
  • Validate the Parameter sheet values

3.9.1 introduced the concept of Application Virtual Networks (AVNs), below is a screen capture of the parameter sheet including the required AVN entries and BGP Peering details:

vcf391walkthruvxrailAVN

Before proceeding with the VCF bring-up it is good practice to create snapshots of the following virtual machines in the result that a rollback is required:

  1. VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  2. VMware vCenter Server Platform Services Controller
  3. VMware Cloud Builder
  4. VxRail Manager

During bring-up the following components are automatically deployed and configured:

  • Additional PSC
  • Log Insight Cluster
  • SDDC Manager
  • NSX Manager and Controller cluster

On completion of VCF Bring-up we review the Management Domain VMs created in vCenter by the VCF Bring-Up process including AVN and confirm automatic IP assignment from the DHCP IP pool for the NSX-V Virtual Tunnel Endpoints (VTEPs).

Coud Builder generates a JSON file for the management cluster from the uploaded config file, this vcf-vxrail.json file can be found in:

/opt/vmware/sddc-support/cloud_admin_tools/Resources/vcf-vxrail/

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NSX-T VI Workload Domain Creation

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Deploy vRSLCM

You will notice that vRSLCM & vROPs get deployed to the AVN ‘Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN-VRA’ which was created as part of the VCF bring-up process highlighted earlier:vcf391walkthruVRSLCM0vcf391walkthruVROPs00

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Deploy vROPs

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Note: this is an example for reference only please use the VxRail installation procedures provided by Dell EMC.

Related Posts:

Firewall ports required to access Cloud Foundation

VCF on VxRail MGT WLD VMs

Deploying VCF on VxRail MGT WLD

Deploying VCF on VxRail – Understanding What does What

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