This section lists pre-requisites for a VI workload domain.

NSX-T VI workload domains have additional pre-requisites. See Additional Prerequisites for an NSX-T Based Workload Domain.

  • A DHCP server must be configured on the VXLAN VLAN of the management domain. When NSX creates VXLAN VTEPs for the VI workload domain, they are assigned IP addresses from the DHCP server.
  • A minimum of three hosts marked with the appropriate storage must be available in your Cloud Foundation inventory. To create a VI workload domain with NFS storage, the hosts must be commissioned with NFS as the storage type and must be associated with an NFS network pool. To create a VI workload domain with vSAN storage, the hosts must be commissioned with vSAN as the storage type and must be associated with an vSAN network pool. For information on adding hosts to your inventory, see Adding Hosts to Cloud Foundation.
  • There must be a free uplink on each host to be used for the workload domain.
  • Decide on a name for your VI workload domain. Each VI workload domain must have a unique name. It is good practice to include region and site information in the name since resource object names (such as host and vCenter names) are generated on the basis of the VI workload domain name. The name can be three to twenty characters long and can contain any combination of the following:
    • Lowercase alphabetic characters
    • Uppercase alphabetic characters
    • Numbers
    Note: Spaces are not allowed in any of the names you specify when creating a VI workload domain.
  • Decide on the following passwords - refer to the appropriate table for the Cloud Foundation version in your environment.
    • vCenter root password
    • NSX Manager admin password
    • NSX Manager enable password to enable administrator privileges for NSX Manager (only for NSX-V)
    Table 1. Passwords for Cloud Foundation
    Account Password Requirements
    vCenter root
    1. Length 8-20 characters
    2. Must include:
      • mix of upper-case and lower-case letters
      • a number
      • a special character
    NSX-V Manager admin and enable
    1. Length 8-12 characters
    2. Must include:
      • mix of upper-case and lower-case letters
      • a number
      • a special character
      • exclude_char such as { } [ ] ( ) / \ ' " ` ~ , ; : . < >
    NSX-T Manager
    1. Minimum length 12 characters
    2. Must include:
      • at least one lower case and one upper case letter
      • a number
      • a special character
      • exclude_char such as { } [ ] ( ) / \ ' " ` ~ , ; : . < >
      • at least five different characters
    3. Must not include:
      • a dictionary word
      • a palindrome
      • more than four monotonic character sequences
  • Based on the Cloud Foundation version in your environment, gather the information that you will need during the workload domain creation workflow.
    Table 2. Information Required
    vCenter IP address, DNS name, subnet mask, and default gateway
    Three NSX Managers IP address, DNS name, subnet mask, and default gateway
    NSX Manager Virtual IP (VIP) address
  • The IP addresses and Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN) for the vCenter and NSX Manager instances to be deployed for the VI Workload domain must be resolvable by DNS.
  • If you are using NFS storage for the workload domain, you need the following information:
    • Datastore name
    • Path to the NFS share
    • IP address of the NFS server
    The NFS share and server must be accessible from the Cloud Foundation network. You must have read/write permission to the NFS share since NSX controllers will be deployed there.
  • You must have specified valid license keys for the following products:
    • vCenter Server
    • NSX for vSphere or NSX-T
    • vSAN (No license required for NFS)
    • vSphere

      Since vSphere and vSAN licenses are per CPU, ensure that you have sufficient licenses for the ESXi hosts to be used for the workload domain. See License Management.

  • (Optional) Enable vRealize Log Insight logging for workload domains. See Enable vRealize Log Insight Logging for Workload Domains.
  • If you have upgraded the management domain in your environment to a later release, download the VI workload domain install bundle to deploy later versions of the software components instead of the versions in your original Cloud Foundation installation. See Download Bundles.