VMware Cloud Foundation, Will it run on Oracle Ravello? Part 4: Deploying management cluster software 1



Before we begin

If you have not checked out what this series is about then please take a look at the previous parts below.

Part 1: Planning

Part 2: Ancillary Services

Part 3: Management Cluster “Hardware”

Management Cluster Software

Management cluster ESXi host install

If you made it this far, I am going to assume you have followed the steps in the previous 3 parts to this series. The first thing we need to do is power on the ESXi hosts and install ESXi.

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I won’t run through the ESXi install, it is very straightforward. Just complete it and then eject the ISO from the host before rebooting.

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Management cluster network assignment

Ensure that the A and reverse PTR records have been created in DNS on the ADDS server (VCFDC01)

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In Part 3 of the blog series, I defined the VLAN ID’s that will be used with this lab, in the Ravello networking area. Each VLAN ID automatically created an associated gateway IP address.

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We will use the gateway IP for VLAN ID 1611 when configuring the management network below.

Log into a host and select configure management network.

We will run through the options below in order.

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2: Tag VLAN ID 1611 to the management network.

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3: Set the network IP address settings as defined in part 1 of this blog series, planning.

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4: I tend to disable IPv6, it is up to you if you do the same.

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5: Define the DNS server as the ADDS server we created in part 2 of this blog series.

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6: Set the domain suffix to your domain name.

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Now, all being well, you should be able to ping the host by its name as defined in DNS, from the Windows jump server.

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ESXi host patching

The release notes for VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 call for ESXi 6.7 EP5 (build 10764712) version to be installed on the management hosts, which is a higher build than ESXi 6.7 U1 which has been installed previously.

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To patch the hosts, download the update bundle from here. Search for the build number required.

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Once you have downloaded the patch, upload it to the local datastore on the host

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Log into the console on the host to enable SSH access.

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SSH onto the host.

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Run the following command

And this should update the host.

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Reboot the host and the host should now be at the correct patch level.

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Epilogue

We configured 4 ESXi hosts with a base install of ESXi and configured the management network. This will form the basis for the next part in this series, deploying and configuring SDDC manager.

Check out Part 5: Deploying and configuring SDDC manager to see how to deploy the SDDC manager virtual machine and run some configuration tasks.


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