A compute cluster is a combination of sites managed by a regional or central site.


  1. Click Domains under Infrastructure Automation.
  2. Click the Compute Cluster icon.
  3. Click Add.
    The Add Site page appears.
  4. On the Add Site page, provide the required information.
  5. Click the button corresponsing to Enabled, to enable the provisioning of the site. If the site is not enabled, no operation can be performed on the site.
    Field Description
    Name The name of the site.
    Minimum number of hosts Minimum number of hosts required for the site. The number of hosts cannot be less than 4 or more than 64.
    Parent Site The management or workload domain that manages the cluster. Select from the drop-down menu.
    Location The location of the compute cluster.
    Search Type the keyword to search a location.
    Latitude Latitude of the compute cluster location. The details are automatically added when you select the location. You can also modify the latitude manually.
    Longitude Longitude of the compute cluster location. The details are automatically added when you select the location. You can also modify the longitude manually.
    Settings You can modify the service settings and the proxy settings for each site. These configurations override the global configuration available in Global Configuration tab on Configuration page. For more details on service and proxy parameters, see Configure Global Settings.
    Licenses Not applicable. The compute cluster uses the licenses of parent site.
    • For a compute cluster, you can enable the NSX services. For certain workloads, if you do not require these services, you can disable these services.
    • To use the network services of the parent site, click the Share Transport Zones With Parent button.
    • You can use the vSAN or localstore. Select the value from the drop-down menu.

    Click Enabled button to enable or disable the Networking or Storage services.

  6. Add the Switch Configuration information. Click plus icon to add more switches and uplinks.
    Field Description
    Switch The name of the switch.

    Select the network interface card (NIC) for the compute cluster under Uplinks.

    Note: A cell site requires minimum two NICs to communicate. This should match the actual configuration across all ESXi servers.
  7. Add the Networks information.
    • For vMotion and vSAN, the IP pool should be equal to the total number of ESXi hosts. If you do not provision the appliances, vSAN, nsxHostOverlay, nsxEdgeOverlay, uplinks are optional.
    • You can click + sign under Networks to create additional VLAN or Verlay network to connect with additional applications.
    Field Description
    Name The name of the network.
    Segment Type Segment type of the network. Select the value from the list.
    Network Type The type of the network.
    Switch The switch details which the sites use for network access.
    VLAN VLAN ID for the network.
    MTU MTU length (in bytes) for the network.
    Prefix Length Prefix length for each packet for the network.
    Gateway Address The gateway address for the network.
  8. (Optional) Add the Appliance Overrides information. Ensure that the appliance names match the actual names entered in DNS. If they do not match, you can change the name.
    Note: For NSX-Edge cluster configuration:
    • To override the Edge form factor, select the Size from the drop-down menu.
    • To override the HA, select the Tier0Mode from the drop-down menu.
    • You can override the values of vSAN NFS and NSX Edge Cluster for the compute cluster and disable the deployment of vSAN NFS and NSX Edge Cluster for the compute cluster.
    Field Description
    Override Whether to override the current values.
    Appliance Type The type of the appliance.
    Name The name of the appliance.
    Name Override The new name of the appliance to override the previous name of appliance.
    IP Index IP index of the appliance. The value is fourth octane of the IP address. The initial three octanes are populated from the network address provided in domain.
    Enabled Whether the appliance is enabled and available for operations.