Complete bring-up on the rack you are adding to your Cloud Foundation system.


  1. Do one of the following to begin bring-up:
    • In the Add a Rack wizard that you had left after bootstrapping the additional rack, click CONFIGURE.


    • Open a new browser window and type the following URL:

    The Welcome page appears.

  2. Click SET TIME.

    The System Time for VMware Cloud Foundation page appears.


    The date, time, and time zone are fetched from the first physical rack.

  3. The system sets the time on each Cloud Foundation component in the additional rack.

    After the time has been set on all Cloud Foundation components, SDDC Manager is rebooted and the CONTINUE button turns blue.


  4. Click CONTINUE.

    The system performs Power On System Validation (POSV), where it verifies that the integrated system delivered to the customer is correct and operational. It validates that the right hardware and software is installed in the racks and also validates the health of the installed hardware and software applications.


    If the validation page displays an error, ensure that all physical connections are in place and that the VMs listed in Manually Power On SDDC Manager VM When Setting Up Your Cloud Foundation System are powered on. Then click RETRY.

  5. Log in using the default credentials:

    User name: administrator@vsphere.local

    Password: vmware123

  6. Click LOGIN.

    The Cloud Foundation EULA page appears.

  7. Click AGREE.

    The Initial Setup wizard appears.

  8. Type a name for the rack. It must be different from the name for rack 1. Each rack in the Cloud Foundation system must have a different name.

    The company and department name, root domain, sub domain, and PSC domain values are displayed as specified for rack 1. You cannot edit these values.

  9. Click NEXT.

    The Management page displays the network values specified for rack 1.

  10. Click Next.

    The vMotion information page displays the values specified for rack 1.

  11. Click NEXT.

    The vSAN information page displays the values specified for rack 1.

  12. Click NEXT.

    The vXLAN information page displays the values specified for rack 1.

  13. Click NEXT.

    The Data Center Connections page displays the values specified for rack 1.

  14. Click NEXT.

    The Configuration Review page displays the values specified for rack 1.

  15. Click NEXT.

    The Review page appears.

  16. Review the information.
  17. Click CONNECT.

    After a few minutes, the Component IP Allocation page appears and displays the IP addresses for the VMs that will be deployed for the NSX, SDDC Manager, vCenter Server, and vRealize Operations software components. Ignore the Log Insight IP address. Log Insight is only deployed on rack 1.

  18. After you ensure that the IP Reallocation values are correct, click CONFIRM.

    The Configuring System page displays the task that is running and the list of tasks that need to be completed. Click TASK DETAILS to view additional details for the tasks. Click next to the task to see further details. You can filter tasks by status (Running, Successful, or New) or time range.

    In case a task fails, click RETRY to run the task again.

    If restarting the Network: Configure VLAN Tags on Switches task fails, restart the tcserver on the additional rack.

    1. SSH to the SDDC Manager VM on the additional rack.

    2. Type service vrm-tcserver stop.

    3. Type service vrm-tcserver start.

  19. After the system configuration is completed, the SDDC Manager is restarted. When SDDC Manager comes up, the Password Rotation page is displayed.
  20. Leave this browser window open.
  21. Rotate passwords on rack 2. See Change SDDC Manager Password on Each Additional Rack.

    You cannot access the SDDC Manager Dashboard on rack 1 till you complete this step.

  22. If DNS delegation for automatic resolution is configured in your environment, you are redirected to the login page in the browser window you had left open. Log in using the superuser credentials or the system administrator account name (administrator@domainName) and password that you noted down after password rotation. The Dashboard page appears. The Physical Resources on the Dashboard includes both rack1 and rack 2.