Deploying VMware HCX for Telco Cloud (HCX-TEC) and VMware Telco Cloud Automation components requires information about your vCenter Server sites, networks, and configurations.

Collecting the required configuration details in advance can greatly reduce the time and resources to deploy. Use the checklists provided in this document for pre-installation planning.

Installation Checklist

This installation checklist applies to both HCX-TEC and VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

Note:

If you are installing HCX with vCloud Director, gather additional information as listed in "Installation Checklist for vCloud Director."

Checklist item

Details

Software versions

Verify that VMware software versions meet the minimum requirements. See Software Version Support and Interoperability.

Activation key

Obtain the key from your VMware account team.

Installer OVA downloaded

Download the installer OVA before the installation date.

Service account available on vCenter

Verify that a service account with administrator privileges exists in the vCenter.

NSX preparation and credentials

(Not required for Telco Cloud Automation installation)

  • Determine that all hosts in the cluster are NSX prepared and the transport zone is known.

  • Verify the NSX Manager credentials, which are needed to pair HCX with the NSX Manager.

Cluster or Resource Pool name

Confirm the location where the components will be deployed.

Network name

Identify the Distributed Virtual Port Group name to which the HCX connects.

IP address for component Manager

Confirm the IP address assigned to the HCX-TEC or VMware Telco Cloud Automation component on the Management VLAN.

Prefix length

Confirm the prefix length of the Management VLAN.

Gateway IP address

Confirm the IP address of the Management VLAN gateway.

Datastore

Identify the datastore where the HCX-TEC and VMware Telco Cloud Automation components will be deployed. Each requires a minimum of 60 GiB.

DNS Server

Verify the IP address and hostname of the DNS Server. Name resolution is required for activation and for the VMware Telco Cloud Automation components.

Network Time Protocol Server name

Verify the IP address and hostname of the NTP Server. Time synchronization is required for activation and for the VMware Telco Cloud Automation components.

Note:

All vSphere components must be synchronized using NTP.

Installation Checklist for vCloud Director Deployments

Gather these installation details when installing HCX-TEC in vCloud Director (vCD) environments.

Checklist Item

Details

Org quotas

Take note of Quotas present on the Org. For example, this can be a virtual machine limit. Determine how many vCenters and NSX servers are configured in vCD.

vCD credentials

Gather the system administrator credentials to use in configuring the HCX Manager with vCD.

vCenter and NSX credentials

Gather the administrative credentials for both the vCenter Server and NSX Manager

vRealize Orchestrator credentials

Gather the administrative credentials for vRealize Orchestrator.

vCD notifications

  • Determine if RabbitMQ (RMQ) is enabled in vCD.

  • Identify the RMQ type. Only non-SSL or SSL with credentials is supported.

  • Gather the RMQ Notifications username and password.

vCD public addresses

Determine if vCD public addresses are set:

  • API: vCloud Director secure public REST API base URL

  • API: vCloud Director secure public REST API certificate chain

  • Web Console: vCloud Director secure public URL

  • Web Console: vCloud Director secure certificate chain