You must now create and configure the management cluster.

About this task

This process consists of the following actions:

  • Create the cluster.

  • Configure DRS.

  • Enable vSAN for the cluster.

  • Add the hosts to the cluster.

  • Add a host to the active directory domain.

  • Reset the vSAN Storage Policy to default for the ESXi host that is used for Bootstrap.

  • Create vSAN disk groups.

  • Mount the NFS volume for vSphere Data Protection Backups.

  • Change the default ESX Admin group.

  • Enable and configure vSphere HA

  • Create and apply a host profile.

  • Set the Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server appliances to the default vSAN storage policy.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Create a Datacenter object.
    1. In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters.
    2. Right-click mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local and click New Datacenter.
    3. In the New Datacenter dialog box, enter LAX01 as Datacenter name, and click OK.
  3. Create the management cluster.
    1. Right-click the LAX01 datacenter and click New Cluster.
    2. In the New Cluster wizard, enter the following values and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      LAX01-Mgmt01

      DRS

      Turn ON

      Selected

      Other DRS options

      Default values

      vSphere HA

      Turn ON

      Deselected

      EVC

      Set EVC mode to the lowest available setting supported for the hosts in the cluster

      vSAN

      Turn ON

      Add disks to storage

      Selected

      Manual

  4. Add a management host to the management cluster.
    1. Right-click the LAX01-Mgmt01 cluster, and click Add Host.
    2. On the Name and location page, enter mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local in the Host name or IP address text box and click Next.
    3. On the Connection settings page, enter the following credentials and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      root

      Password

      esxi_root_user_password

    4. In the Security Alert dialog box, click Yes.
    5. On the Host summary page, review the host information and click Next.
    6. On the Assign license page, select the ESXi license key that you entered during the vCenter Server deployment and click Next.
    7. On the Lockdown Mode page, click Next.
    8. On the Resource pool page, click Next.
    9. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  5. Repeat the previous step for the three remaining hosts to add them to the management cluster.

    Setting

    Value

    Host 2

    mgmt01esx52.lax01.rainpole.local

    Host 3

    mgmt01esx53.lax01.rainpole.local

    Host 4

    mgmt01esx54.lax01.rainpole.local

  6. Add an ESXi host to the active directory domain.
    1. In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters and expand the entire mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Select the mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local host.
    3. Click the Configure tab.
    4. Under System, select Authentication Services.
    5. In the Authentication Services panel, click the Join Domain button.
    6. In the Join Domain dialog box, enter the following settings and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Domain

      lax01.rainpole.local

      Using credentials

      Selected

      User name

      ad_admin_acct@lax01.rainpole.local

      Password

      ad_admin_lax_password





  7. Set the Active Directory Service to Start and stop with host.
    1. In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters and expand the entire mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Select the mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local host.
    3. Click the Configure tab.
    4. Under System, select Security Profile.
    5. Click the Edit button next to Services.
    6. Select the Active Directory service and change the Startup Policy to Start and stop with host and click OK.
  8. Rename the vSAN datastore.
    1. Select the LAX01-Mgmt01 cluster.
    2. Click the Datastores tab.
    3. Select vsanDatastore, and select Actions > Rename..
    4. In the Datastore - Rename dialog box, enter LAX01A-VSAN01-MGMT01 as the datastore name, and click OK.