In the event of a site failure, when Region B becomes unavailable, prepare the network layer in Region A for failback of management applications.

About this task

Change the role of the NSX Manager to primary, deploy universal controller cluster, and synchronize the universal controller cluster configuration.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Promote the NSX Manager for the management cluster in Region A to the primary role.

    You must first disconnect the NSX Manager for the management cluster in Region A from the Primary NSX Manager in Region B.

    1. From the Home menu of the vSphere Web Client, click Networking & Security.
    2. In the Navigator, click Installation.
    3. On the Management tab, select the 172.16.11.65 instance.
    4. Click the Actions menu and click Disconnect from Primary NSX Manager.
    5. In the Disconnect from Primary NSX Manager confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

      The NSX Manager gets the Transit role.

    6. On the Management tab, select the 172.16.11.65 instance again.
    7. Click Actions and select Assign Primary Role.
    8. In the Assign Primary Role confirmation dialog box, click Yes.
  3. Deploy the universal controller cluster in Region A.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking & Security, and click Installation.
    2. Under NSX Controller nodes, click the Add icon to deploy three NSX Controller nodes with the same configuration.
    3. In the Add Controller dialog box, enter the following settings and click OK.

      You configure a password only during the deployment of the first controller. The other controllers use the same password.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      nsx-controller-mgmt-01

      NSX Manager

      172.16.11.65

      Datacenter

      SFO01

      Cluster/Resource Pool

      SFO01-Mgmt01

      Datastore

      SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

      Connected To

      vDS-Mgmt-Management

      IP Pool

      Mgmt01-NSXC01

      Password

      mgmtnsx_controllers_password

      Confirm Password

      mgmtnsx_controllers_password

    4. After the status of the controller node changes to Connected, deploy the remaining two NSX Controller nodes.

      Wait until the current deployment is finished, before you start the next one.

  4. Configure DRS affinity rules for the deployed NSX Controller nodes.
    1. From the Home menu of the vSphere Web Client, select Hosts and Clusters and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree. .
    2. Select the SFO01-Mgmt01 cluster and click the Configure tab.
    3. Under Configuration, click VM/Host Rules and click Add under the VM/Host Rules section.
    4. In the SFO01-Mgmt01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, enter the following settings and click Add.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      Mgmt_NSX_Controllers

      Enable rule

      Selected

      Type

      Separate Virtual Machines

    5. In the Add Rule Member dialog box, select all three NSX Controller virtual machines, click OK, and click OK.
  5. Use the update controller state mechanism on the NSX Manager to synchronize the state of the newly deployed controllers.
    1. From the Home menu, select Networking & Security.
    2. In the Navigator, click Installation.
    3. On the Management tab, select the 172.16.11.65 instance.
    4. Click the Actions menu and select Update Controller State.
    5. In the Update Controller State confirmation dialog box, click Yes.