add rack

Configure an additional rack for a Cloud Foundation system.

additional rack

Additional racks (added after the first rack) to a Cloud Foundation system.


Initial configuration of a newly deployedCloud Foundation system. .

Cloud Foundation system.

Set of physical racks managed as a unit by a single SDDC Manager.

first rack

First (primary) rack in the Cloud Foundation system. The management domain is deployed on this rack.

Hardware Management System (HMS)

Manages hosts and switches in the Cloud Foundation system.


An imaged server.

host 0

First host to be imaged by VIA. This host has the IP address.


During imaging, SDDC software is pre-configured on a physical rack.

integrated system

System that combines hardware and software. Can be purchased from select VMware partners. The partner images the rack before sending it to the customer site.

inter-rack switches

Connects individual ToR switches with each other to provide connectivity across racks. These switches are required only when you have more than one rack in your Cloud Foundation system, and are placed on the second rack.

Lifecycle Manager (LCM)

Automates patching and upgrading of the software stack.

management domain

Cluster of physical hosts (first fours hosts in the physical rack) that house the management component VMs

management host

Standalone ESXi server to host the Windows jump VM used for imaging.

SDDC Manager

Software component that provisions, manages, and monitors the logical and physical resources of a Cloud Foundation system.

SDDC ManagerController VM

Contains the SDDC Managerservices and a shell from which command line tools can be run. This VM exposes the SDDC Manager UI.

SDDC Manager Utility VM

Contains the LCM depot, backup repository containing NSX Manager and host backups, and 2nd DNS instance.


Bare metal server in a physical rack. After imaging, it is referred to as a host.

Top of Rack (ToR) switch

Connects servers within a rack through 10Gbps links to the NICs on each server. A Cloud Foundation rack contains two ToR switches connected to each other.

unmanaged host

Host in the capacity pool that does not belong to a workload domain.

workload domain

A policy based resource container with specific availability and performance attributes and combining vSphere, vSAN and NSX into single a consumable entity. A workload domain can be created, expanded, and deleted as part of the SDDC lifecycle operations.