Administrators familiar with vSphere will benefit from being able to visualize the placement of the deployed virtual machines.

This section provides some examples of various basic configurations.

Management Domain

This example illustrates the environment after the initial deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation. The configuration shown depicts four hosts, which are contained in a cluster. These four hosts make up the management domain. No other workload domains have been deployed.

Management domain VMs
Within this cluster are a series of virtual machines that have been automatically deployed by Cloud Foundation. These include:
  • SDDC Manager
  • vCenter Server
  • Platform Services Controllers
  • NSX Manager
  • NSX Controllers
  • vRealize Log Insight

This example could provide the basis for either a consolidated or standard deployment architecture. If this was a consolidated deployment, the resource pools shown would be used to separate tenant workloads from the infrastructure workloads. If this was a standard deployment model, additional workload domains would be added and additional components would be automatically deployed.

Management Domain with vRealize Operations

This example illustrates a Cloud Foundation environment that consists of a management domain after an automated deployment of vRealize Operations Manager. No additional workload domains have been added in this example.

VMs in management domain with vROPs

The deployment of vRealize Operations Manager within the environment is optional. In this example, vRealize Operations Manager was deployed with two nodes. You can define the number of nodes to be deployed as part of vRealize Operations Manager. See the VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide for more information on deploying vRealize Operations Manager within Cloud Foundation.

In the example, you can see the vRealize Operations Manager components that were deployed, including the vRealize Life Cycle Management (VRLCM) appliance and the NSX edge devices. These components are shared with vRealize Automation and are only deployed once, even if you deploy both vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Automation.

Multiple Workload Domains with vRealize Automation

This example includes a management domain and a VI workload domain. In this scenario, there are multiple vCenter Servers and NSX managers deployed; one instance each for the management domain and the VI workload domain.

VM placement wth a VI workload domain and vRA
In addition, vRealize Automation has been deployed. Deploying vRealize Automation is optional. A vRealize Life Cycle Management (VRLCM) appliance and NSX edge devices are deployed for vRealize Automation. These components are shared with vRealize Operations and are only deployed once, even if you deploy both vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Automation.
Note: vRealize Automation requires a Microsoft SQL server. Although it can be installed within the management domain, it is an external component and can exist outside of the VMware Cloud Foundation environment, as long as it is reachable over the network. IN this example, the Microsoft SQL server is not installed in the management domain.