You have to follow some general requirements to create a node on your environment.

General Requirements

  • VMware Aria Operations version. All nodes must run the same VMware Aria Operations version.

    For example, do not add a version 6.1 data node to a cluster of VMware Aria Operations 6.2 nodes.

  • Analytics Cluster Deployment Type. In the analytics cluster, all nodes must be the same kind of deployment: vApp.
  • Witness Node Deployment Type. The witness node must be the same vApp deployment.
  • Analytics Cluster Node Sizing. In the analytics cluster, CPU, memory, and disk size must be identical for all nodes.

    Primary, replica, and data nodes must be uniform in sizing.

  • Witness Node Sizing. The witness node has only one size and may be of different sizes from the uniform analytics cluster node size
  • Geographical Proximity. You may place analytics cluster nodes in different vSphere clusters, but the nodes must reside in the same geographical location.

    Different geographical locations are not supported.

  • Witness Node Placement. You may place the witness node in a different vSphere cluster separate from the analytics nodes.
    Note: A VMware Aria Operations cluster can have only one witness node.
  • Virtual Machine Maintenance. When any node is a virtual machine, you may only update the virtual machine software by directly updating the VMware Aria Operations software.

    For example, going outside of VMware Aria Operations to access vSphere to update VMware Tools is not supported.

  • Redundancy and Isolation. If you expect to activate HA, place analytics cluster nodes on separate hosts. See About VMware Aria Operations High Availability.
  • If you expect to activate CA, place analytics cluster nodes on separate hosts in fault domains, stretched across vSphere clusters. See About VMware Aria Operations Continuous Availability.

Requirements for Solutions

Be aware that solutions might have requirements beyond those for VMware Aria Operations itself.

See your solution documentation, and verify any additional requirements before installing solutions. Note that the terms solution, management pack, adapter, and plug-in are used interchangeably.