Deploying the TCA-CP and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager appliances require information about your vCenter Server sites, networks, and configurations.

Note: To ensure high availability, deploy the TCA-CP and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager appliances on a vSphere HA-enabled cluster. When the primary ESXi host where the virtual machine is deployed becomes unavailable, vSphere HA migrates the virtual machine to a secondary ESXi host and the appliances are restored. Restoration time can vary according to the environment, but ideally, it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to restore the appliances and its services. For more information about vSphere HA, see https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/com.vmware.vsphere.avail.doc/GUID-33A65FF7-DA22-4DC5-8B18-5A7F97CCA536.html.

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 TCA-CP and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager.

Note:

If you are installing TCA-CP with VMware Cloud Director, gather additional information as listed in "Installation Checklist for VMware Cloud Director."

Checklist item

Details

Software versions

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

License 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 installing VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager)

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

  • Verify the NSX Manager credentials, which are required to pair TCA-CP with the NSX Manager.

Cluster or Resource Pool name

Confirm the location where the components are deployed.

Network name

Identify the Distributed Virtual Port Group name to which the TCA-CP connects.

IP address for component Manager

Confirm the IP address assigned to the TCA-CP or VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager 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 TCA-CP and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager components are 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.

vRealize Orchestrator credentials

Gather the administrative credentials for vRealize Orchestrator.

Installation Checklist for VMware Cloud Director Deployments

Gather these installation details when installing TCA-CP in VMware Cloud Director environments.

Checklist Item

Details

Org quotas

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

VMware Cloud Director credentials

Gather the system administrator credentials for configuring TCA-CP with VMware Cloud Director.

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.

VMware Cloud Director notifications

  • Determine if RabbitMQ (RMQ) is enabled in VMware Cloud Director.

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

  • Gather the RMQ Notifications user name and password.

VMware Cloud Director public addresses

Determine if VMware Cloud Director public addresses are set:

  • API: VMware Cloud Director secure public REST API base URL

  • API: VMware Cloud Director secure public REST API certificate chain

  • Web Console: VMware Cloud Director secure public URL

  • Web Console: VMware Cloud Director secure certificate chain