In order to deploy Cloud Foundation, you first need to deploy the Cloud Foundation Builder VM.

The Cloud Foundation Builder VM takes your configuration inputs and provides the automated workflows that instantiate the management domain. The host for the Cloud Foundation Builder VM can be any supported system capable of running Cloud Foundation Builder. A dedicated ESXi host, workstation, or a laptop running VMware Fusion or Workstation are examples of supported systems. You can download the Cloud Foundation Builder VM through your MyVMware account.

The Cloud Foundation Builder VM requires the following resources.

Table 1. Cloud Foundation Builder VM Resource Requirements

Component

Requirement

CPU

4 vCPUs

Memory

4 GB

Storage

350 GB

The Cloud Foundation Builder VM requires network connectivity to the ESXi management network, so that it can communicate to all ESXi hosts added to the solution. The Cloud Foundation Builder VM also needs to be able to communicate to the DNS and NTP servers used in the VMware Cloud Foundation environment so that it can validate the deployment inputs provided. The DNS and NTP settings used when deploying the Cloud Foundation Builder VM must be the same as the settings configured on the hosts.

Once the management domain is created, you can delete the Cloud Foundation Builder VM and reclaim its resources.