Start up the virtual machines of the SDDC management stack by following a strict order to guarantee the faultless operation of and the integration between the components.

Before you begin:

  • Verify that external dependencies for the SDDC, such as, Active Directory, DNS, NTP, SMTP, and FTP/SFTP are available.

Starting up the ESXi hosts in the vSAN clusters:

  • If the vSAN clusters have been shut down, refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 2142676 for information on starting up hosts and exiting maintenance mode.

Starting up the management virtual machines:

  • Start up the virtual machines by following the startup order provides in the following table.

  • Ensure that the console of the virtual machine and its services are all up before proceeding with the next virtual machine.

  • Refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 2142676 for information on checking the health of the vSAN clusters before starting up tenant workloads.

  • If a data protection solution is deployed on the management cluster, ensure that the solution is properly started and operational, following the vendor guidance.

Virtual Machine in Region A

Virtual Machine in Region B

Startup Order

Core Stack Total

Number of VMs (26)

Core Stack Total

Number of VMs (16)

1

sfo01m01psc01

lax01m01psc01

1

sfo01w01psc01

lax01w01psc01

1

sfo01psc01 (0,1)

lax01psc01 (0,1)

2

sfo01m01vc01

lax01m01vc01

3

sfo01w01vc01

lax01w01vc01

3

sfo01m01nsx01

lax01m01nsx01

4

sfo01w01nsx01

lax01w01nsx01

4

sfo01m01nsxc01

-

5

sfo01m01nsxc02

-

5

sfo01m01nsxc03

-

5

sfo01w01nsxc01

-

5

sfo01w01nsxc02

-

5

sfo01w01nsxc03

-

5

sfo01m01lb01 (0,1)

lax01m01lb01 (0,1)

6

sfo01m01udlr01 (0,1)

-

6

sfo01m01esg01

lax01m01esg01

6

sfo01m01esg02

lax01m01esg02

6

sfo01w01udlr01 (0,1)

-

6

sfo01w01dlr01 (0,1)

lax01w01dlr01(0,1)

6

sfo01w01esg01

lax01w01esg01

6

sfo01w01esg02

lax01w01esg02

6

Update Manager Download Service (UMDS)

Total Number of VMs (1)

Update Manager Download Service (UMDS)

Total Number of VMs (1)

2

sfo01umds01

lax01umds01

1

Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication

Total Number of VMs (2)

Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication

Total Number of VMs (2)

2

sfo01m01vrms01

lax01m01vrms01

1

sfo01m01srm01

lax01m01srm01

1

vRealize Automation

Total Number of VMs (11)

vRealize Automation

Total Number of VMs (2)

3

vra01mssql01

-

1

vra01svr01a

-

2

vra01svr01b

-

2

vra01iws01a

-

3

vra01iws01b

-

4

vra01ims01a

-

5

vra01ims01b

-

6

sfo01ias01a

lax01ias01a

7

sfo01ias01b

lax01ias01b

7

vra01dem01a

-

7

vra01dem01b

-

7

vRealize Business for Cloud

Total Number of VMs (2)

vRealize Business for Cloud

Total Number of VMs (1)

4

vrb01svr01

-

1

sfo01vrbc01

lax01vrbc01

2

vRealize Operations 

Manager Total Number of VMs (5)

vRealize Operations Manager

Total Number of VMs (2)

5

vrops01svr01a

-

1

vrops01svr01b

-

2

vrops01svr01c

-

3

sfo01vropsc01a

lax01vropsc01a

4

sfo01vropsc01b

lax01vropsc01b

4

vRealize Log Insight

Total Number of VMs (3)

vRealize Log Insight

Total Number of VMs (3)

5

sfo01vrli01a

lax01vrli01a

1

sfo01vrli01b

lax01vrli01b

2

sfo01vrli01c

lax01vrli01c

2