VM Groups allow you to define the startup order of virtual machines. Startup orders are used during vSphere HA events such that vSphere HA powers on virtual machines in the correct order.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the Navigator select Hosts and Clusters and expand the lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
  3. Create a VM Group for the Platform Services Controllers.
    1. Select the lax01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Configure.
    2. On the Configure page, click VM/Host Groups.
    3. On the VM/Host Groups page, click the Add button.
    4. In the Create VM/Host Group dialog box, enter Platform Services Controllers in the Name text box, select VM Group from the Type drop-down menu, and click the Add button.
    5. In the Add VM/Host Group Member dialog box, select lax01m01psc01 and lax01w01psc01 and click OK.
    6. On the Create VM/Host Group dialog box, click OK.
  4. Create a VM Group for the vCenter Server virtual machine.
    1. Select the lax01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Configure.
    2. On the Configure page, click VM/Host Groups.
    3. On the VM/Host Groups page, click the Add button.
    4. In the Create VM/Host Group dialog box, enter vCenter Servers in the Name text box, select VM Group from the Type drop-down, and click the Add button.
    5. In the Add VM/Host Group Member dialog box, select lax01m01vc01 and click OK.
    6. On the Create VM/Host Group dialog box, click OK.
  5. Create a Rule to power on the Platform Services Controllers followed by vCenter Servers.
    1. Select the lax01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Configure.
    2. On the Configure page, click VM/Host Rules.
    3. On the VM/Host Rules page, click the Add button.
    4. In the Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, enter SDDC Management Virtual Machines in the Name text box, ensure that the Enable rule check box is selected, and select Virtual Machines to Virtual Machines from the Type drop-down.
    5. Select Platform Services Controllers from the First restart VMs in VM group drop-down.
    6. Select vCenter Servers from the Then restart VMs in VM group and click OK.