During the bring-up process, you are required to provide company domain, management network, and vSAN, VXLAN, and datacenter network settings. You must collect this information before starting the bring-up process.

Table 1. Description of Networks



vSAN network

Network for vSAN and vSphere HA inter-host communication.

vMotion network

Network for vMotion across hosts.

Non-routable network

Network for internal communication between Cloud Foundation management components.

Management network

Network that provides public access to Cloud Foundation components in the management domain.

Data center network

Network used to access customer VMs.

VMware recommends that you print this table and fill in the required values. Keep this printout handy during the bring-up process.

Table 2. Information Required for Bring-Up

Information Required



Rack name

Each rack in the Cloud Foundation system must be assigned a unique name.

Rack names allow you to map the IDs SDDC Manager assigns to a host or a switch with the physical rack containing the host or switch. You need to specify the rack name during bring-up and while adding a rack. A best practice is to specify the name affixed to the physical rack along with location details such as the datacenter the rack is located in.


Company name

My Company


My department

Root DNS Domain

Must be the same as the domain defined in DNS naming system.


Sub-domain for the Cloud Foundation system. Each rack in the Cloud Foundation system must have a unique sub-domain.


SSO domain for the Cloud Foundation system.


Cloud Foundation license key


VLAN ID for management network

Supported VLAN range is 21-3299.


Subnet for management network

Must be at least a /22 network to allow for expansion of the Cloud Foundation system.

Subnet mask for management network

A /22 network is recommended to allow for expansion of the Cloud Foundation system.

Gateway for management resources

Primary DNS for management resources

Secondary DNS for management resources

VLAN ID, subnet, subnet mask, and gateway for vMotion, vSAN, VXLAN, and data center networks. You can either use system generated values for these, or specify your own values.

NTP server for the Cloud Foundation system.

IP address range to be excluded

If you have already used a set of IP addresses in your detacenter or do not want to use certain IP addresses, you can exclude them from Cloud Foundation provisioning.

Choose uplink type L2 or L3

If you choose L3, you will also need the upstream router (next hop) information.


Whether uplink LAG is to be enabled

LAG (Link Aggregation Group) aggregates multiple links into a single bundle. You can enable this option if the speeds on the ports in your environment match. For example, if you have 4 uplink ports at 10G, you can get up to 40G with LAG enabled.


Uplink ToR ports

10 GB ports: 43-46

40 GB ports: 51-54

43, 44

Uplink speed

Options are 1 GB, 10 GB, 40 GB

10 GB