You must complete this checklist before beginning the imaging process. It is important that each item in the checklist is set to the specified value, otherwise imaging may fail. You may want to print this checklist and checkmark each row as you verify the setting.

Table 1. Pre-Imaging Checklist

Setting

Verified

Review the Bill of Materials (BOM) from VMware and verify that there are no discrepancies between the BOM and the hardware being used. If there is a discrepancy, contact VMware Support.

Review the VMware Compatibility Guide and verify you have the supported server models, disk and storage adapter models, and switch models.

Validate that BIOS Settings for all components are correct. See BIOS Settings.

During imaging, VIA verifies BIOS settings for DELL servers and makes appropriate adjustments. But it is recommended that you ensure that they are set correctly before you begin imaging.

Ensure that the correct switch OS or boot environment is installed as per the BoM.

Verify that firmware settings are set correctly as per the BoM.

Connect each device in the rack to both PDUs.

Keep power and network cable lengths to a minimum.

Use specific colors for cables from each device. See Cable Colors in Network Cables.

Verify that the cable bend radius is proportionate to the external diameter. See Cable Bend Radius in Network Cables.

Verify that cables are properly routed and labeled.

Test cables to ensure that installed cabling links provide the transmission capability to support the required data communication.

Verify that the physical racks are wired according to the wiremap. See Rack Wiring.

Verify that each server has redundant power supplies and that each power supply is connected to a separate rack PDU.

Ensure that servers and switches have the same airflow direction.

Verify that switches have redundant power supplies and each power supply is connected to a separate power strip.

If you are using a management host to image your system, ensure that:

  • A supported version of ESXi is installed on the management host. For the supported version, see the VMware Cloud Foundation Release Notes.

  • The Allow virtual machines to start and stop automatically with the system option is enabled.

  • IP address 10.1.0.200 is assigned to the vmk0 kernel interface.

  • SSH is enabled on the management host.

  • The access VM, VIA VM, and jump VM meet the required hardware configuration. See Virtual Machines.

  • The required software has been installed on the VMs. See Virtual Machines.