This topic provides general guidance on the minimum requirements for a management domain and a virtual infrastructure workload domain in a Cloud Foundation system. For more details about sizing a Cloud Foundation system for your environment, see Capacity Planning for Management and Workload Domains.
The management domain contains infrastructure workloads. The management domain requires a minimum of four servers. The management domain can be expanded to provide more resources for additional workloads or increased availability.
In the standard architecture deployment model, the infrastructure workloads contained within the management domain are kept isolated from tenant workloads through the creation of additional workload domains. In the consolidated architecture model, both infrastructure and tenant workloads are contained within the management domain. Workloads are kept separated in this model through the implementation of resource pools. Regardless of the deployment model used, ensure that the servers provide ample resources to support the deployed workloads. This includes being able to support availability and maintenance actions where the workloads on a server must be transferred to the other servers in the workload domain.
Cloud Foundation supports the use of vSAN ReadyNodes that are certified with supported versions of ESXi in the management domain. Refer to https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52084 for guidance on what components can be modified in a vSAN ReadyNode. See the VMware Cloud Foundation Release Notes for information about supported versions of ESXi.
The management domain contains a management cluster which must meet or exceed the following minimum hardware requirements.
For information on compatible vSAN ReadyNodes, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.
|CPU per server||Aligns with minimum requirements for vSAN ReadyNodes. For more information, refer to the VMware vSAN Documentation.|
|Memory per server||
|Storage per server||Aligns with minimum requirements for vSAN ReadyNodes. For more information, refer to the VMware vSAN Documentation.|
|NICs per server||
Note: Servers cannot have more than two NICs for primary communication, plus one BMC NIC for out-of-band host management.
Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domains
A virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domain is used in the standard architecture deployment model to contain the tenant workloads. A VI workload domain consists of a minimum of one cluster consisting of three or more servers. Additional clusters can be added to a VI workload domain as required. A Cloud Foundation solution can include a maximum of 15 workload domains, in accordance with vCenter maximums.
- All servers in Cluster 1 must be homogeneous.
- All servers in Cluster 2 must be homogeneous.
- Servers in Cluster 1 do not need to have the same model and type as servers in Cluster 2.
Cloud Foundation supports the use of most vSAN ReadyNodes for vSAN backed VI workload domains. Refer to https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52084 for guidance on what components can be modified in a vSAN ReadyNode. For NFS backed workload domains, you can use vSAN ReadyNodes or servers compatible with the vSphere version included with the Cloud Foundation Bill of Materials (BOM).
The servers used for a VI workload domain must meet or exceed the following minimum requirements.
Servers within a cluster must be of the same model and type.
|CPU, memory, and storage per server||
|NICs per server||
Note: Servers can have a maximum of two NICs for primary communication, plus one BMC NIC for out-of-band host management.
VMware Cloud Foundation uses and is validated against vSAN and NFSv3. The management domain uses vSAN for storage. You can use vSAN or NFSv3 for VI workload domains. The type of storage used by a VI workload domain is defined when the VI workload domain is created. After the VI workload domain is created and the storage type has been selected, you cannot change to another storage type. The storage type selected during the VI workload domain creation applies to all clusters that are created within the VI workload domain.
You must configure a network pool for the desired storage type before you create the VI workload domain.
If using vSAN storage, familiarize yourself with the vSAN documentation on docs.vmware.com, if you have not done so already. With any vSAN deployment, it is imperative that you maintain the firmware and drivers across the entire storage path, including the storage controller, any SSD drives, and ESXi. Use the vSAN HCL, https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=vsan, to validate driver and firmware versions for associated components. Ensure that the hardware is updated to supported levels before starting the deployment.
Networking Platform Options
The management domain includes NSX for vSphere. For VI workload domains, you can select either NSX for vSphere or NSX-T.