You need a laptop or management host where you install VIA.

Laptop

You need a desktop or laptop (Windows or Mac) with 4 GB memory and a multi core processor to access the jump VM. A Windows laptop must have Workstation 8 or later and a Mac should have Fusion 4 or later installed on it. You also need a network adapter, a cable, and a 4-port unmanaged switch.

Management Host

If you are using a management host to image the rack, you need a standalone VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 or later server to host the Windows jump VM. The management host must have at least two NICs, with one NIC connected to the corporate network and one NIC connected to the private network. You also need a 24-port private managed switch.

Table 1. VLAN Configuration of the Private Managed Switch

Port

Access Ports

1,2,3,4

VLAN 2000

5,6,7,8

VLAN 2001

9.10.11.12

VLAN 2002

13,14,15,16

VLAN 2003

17,18,19,20

VLAN 2004

21,22,23,24

VLAN 2005

Figure 1. Management Host Connection
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Private Managed Switch

If this is a multi-rack scenario and the private switch is being shared between racks, configure a private VLAN. For example, create two VLANs in a dual rack environment - VLAN 101 and VLAN 102. VLAN 101 is for rack 1 and VLAN 102 is for rack 2. Port 48 and the management port from the imaging management switch in rack 1 are connected to ports 2 and 3 on the private switch which is configured for VLAN 101. Port 48 and the management port from the imaging management switch in rack 2 are connected to ports 4 and 5 on the private switch which is configured for VLAN 102. The imaging management host is connected to Port 1 which is configured for both VLAN 101 and VLAN 102.

A print out of the VLAN configuration on the imaging management switch should look like this:

interface Vlan 1
!untagged GigabitEthernet 0/0-1,6-47
!untagged TenGigabitEthernet 0/48-49
!untagged Port-channel 1-2
!
interface Vlan 2001
 no ip address
 tagged TenGigabitEthernet 0/48-49
 untagged GigabitEthernet 0/2-3
 no shutdown
!
interface Vlan 2002
 no ip address
 tagged TenGigabitEthernet 0/48-49
 untagged GigabitEthernet 0/4-5
 no shutdown

Management Host Settings

Configure the following settings on the imaging management host:

  • Install ESXi on the local disk. For the supported version, see the VMware Cloud Foundation Release Notes.

  • Enable the Allow virtual machines to start and stop automatically with the system option.

  • Assign the IP address 10.1.0.200 to the vmk0 management network.

  • Set the NTP server to 0.vmware.pool.ntp.org.

    It is important to ensure that the time on the management host is set correctly.

  • Enable SSH on the managament host.

In a multi-rack scenario, configure an additional vSphere Standard Switch (vDS) for each additional rack. In a dual rack scenario, vSwitch1 should use vmnic1 and should be configured with two Virtual Machine Port Groups (VIA1 and VIA2). The VIA1 port group should be tagged to use VLAN101, and the VIA2 port group should be tagged to use VLAN102. vmnic1 should be connected to the private switch on a port with VLAN101 and VLAN102 visible.