Deploy onprem cloud with VMware VCF 3.9.1 on VxRail 4.7.410

Do the VxRail bring up till you see Hooray! This assumes you have plumbed your physical networks with VLANs and an upstream router. The VxRail validation check prior to deployment verifies ip’s subnets, gateway, vlan’s and reach-ability. You will have VLAN for management, vMotion, vSAN, and guest or prod / dev VM_network.

Once VxRail initial deployment is complete, rename any components to meet your standard. I renamed my cluster.

You will need to also externalize vCenter. Go to vCenter > DataCenter > cluster name > VxRail > System and put in your vCenter credentials to externalize.

Deploy cloud builder OVA, power it on. You’ll need to specify domain name, IP address FQDN etc. The version of cloudbuilder is build 15345960.

Open a browser and go to the cloudbuilder IP address. Login as admin and the password you provided during the OVA deployment.

Read and agree to the EULA.

Select platform VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail.

To learn more:

Review all requirements, check the box and select Next.

Make sure you enabled SSH and the service runs on host startup.

Back in cloud builder, you clicked Next and we can now download the spreadsheet to import into cloudbuilder once we’ve filled it out.

The spreadsheet is quite detailed, but if you make any typos, the validation will make sure you fill it out correctly.

Don’t forget to configure BGP on the upstream router for both Edge Service Gateway link 1 and link 2. This is a total of 4 BGP neighbor configurations that need to be configured upstream. Good NSX diagram is located at:

Upload the spreadsheet into cloudbuilder. Other format besides .xlsx is JSON.

With any luck your cloud builder will validate successfully. Verify FQDN, reverse DNS lookups, IP address, subnets again and double check it. Here’s my DNS so far.

Luckily, I’ve configured a few and I actually got it to validate on the attempt in a brand new setup. Click Next after successfuly validation. If there are any issues during the validation, it must be addressed. Typical issues are with FQDN’s, NTP, subnets, vlan’s and CIDR’s not matching up.

VCF Validation results download from image above is posted below.

VCF Validation results.

Click Deploy SDDC.

Only thing left to do is monitor the deployment. Check on it periodically over next few hours. Speed of deployment varies, but about two hours. It’s possible you may run into BGP neighbor configuration issue as all 4 paths must be in a BGP ESTABLISHED state. I’ve had to click retry before. If it still doesn’t work with one retry attempt, might log into NSX and or the upstream routers and verify ping works and show bgp neighbor has all routes established state. The upstream router must also advertise routes. If you make it past BGP then you are on the home stretch. This is typically where I have trouble and I will either log into a ESG console or the upstream routers and verify the ASN number, IP address of neighbor and password. The password field is optional in this release. However, it’s best to get familiar with configuring BGP with password enabled. This means, setting a BGP password on the upstream router.

Click Finish once VMare VCF bring up completes.

Click on Launch SDDC Manager to launch VCF.

There a good message and link to install Skyline for proactive support. Skyline:

Log into VCF and enable CEIP. Navigate to Repository Settings and input your VMware and DellEMC support credentials to enable downloading bundles for VMware VCF / DellEMC VxRail.

After you input your VMware support and DellEMC support credentails, you will see bundles available for download under Repository > Bundles.

Scroll down and we see VxRail Software Update 4.7.511 as well as VCF bundles 3.10 and higher updates. There are plenty of hyperlinks linking to release notes. Some patches are for installs, some are for updates. Select Download Now or Schedule the download for later. Once we have bundles downloaded, we can then begin Life Cycle Management updates for VCF on VxRail thru VCF/SDDC manager. Now is a good time to also see about the messages at the top of the screen. The orange part says we should backup NSX Manager to an external SFTP server. Doing the NSX Manager backup will be part of my next blog.

Bringup Results information from Cloud Builder.

Bringup Results information from Cloud Builder.

Published by Ben

I do stuff in the datacenter.

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