This is the first in a series of posts covering VCF On VxRail 4.2. 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 4.2
Versions used in this example are VCF 4.2 & VxRail 7.0.131. Release Notes:
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):
Management Workload Domain Creation
The VxRail bring-up of the Management Cluster is similar to a standard VxRail bring-up with embedded vCenter being deployed. Previously there was a requirement to externalize the vCenter using VxRail Manager plugin from the vCenter HTML client but this is now fully automated as part of the Cloud Builder Bring-Up process. Also changing the Management port group to Ephemeral port type post VxRail bring-up is also not required as it is now an option during the VxRail deployment as can be seen in the following walkthrough. Tasks include:
- VxRail Mgmt WLD cluster bring-up
- Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
- Rename DC, Cluster, VDS, vSAN
- Confirm health status
VCF On VxRail is deployed leveraging VMware Cloud Builder for which the OVA can be downloaded from VMware.com and deployed as follows:
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
Below are some example screen captures of the parameter sheet including the required AVN entries and BGP Peering details:
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:
- VMware vCenter Server Appliance
- VMware Cloud Builder
- VxRail Manager
During bring-up the following components are automatically deployed and configured:
- SDDC Manager
- NSX-T Managers and Edge cluster
Cloud Builder Tasks:
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-T Virtual Tunnel Endpoints (VTEPs).
Coud Builder generates a JSON file for the management cluster from the uploaded config file, this vcf-public-vxrail.json file can be found in:
In Part2 I will walkthrough the deployment of a VI Workload Domain.
Note: this is an example for reference only please use the VxRail installation procedures provided by Dell EMC.
Thanks for reading!