The consolidated architecture design targets smaller VMware Cloud Foundation deployments and special use cases. In this design, the management and user workload domains run together on a shared management domain. The environment is managed from a single vCenter Server and vSphere resource pools provide isolation between management and user workloads. In a consolidated architecture model, care must be taken to ensure that resource pools are properly configured as the domain is shared by the management and compute workloads.

As you add additional hosts to a VMware Cloud Foundation system deployed on a consolidated architecture, you can convert to the standard architecture by creating a VI workload domain and moving the user workload domain VMs from the compute resource pool to the newly created VI workload domain. After moving these VMs, you may need to update shares and reservations on the compute resource pool in the management domain.
Figure 1. Sample Consolidated Architecture