After you deploy the Compute vCenter Server, you must create and configure the shared edge and compute cluster for high availability of and resource usage policy for virtual machines, and for central user management using Active Directory.

To create and configure the shared edge and compute cluster, you perform the following tasks:

  • Create the cluster.

  • Configure vSphere HA and vSphere DRS.

  • Add the ESXi hosts to the cluster.

  • Add the ESXi hosts to the Active Directory domain.

  • Create resource pools for the NSX-T edge devices and for the tenant workloads.

  • Create folders for the virtual appliances of the NSX-T Edge devices for inbound and outbound network traffic in the workload domain.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. Create a data center object.
    1. From the Home menu, select Hosts and Clusters.
    2. In the inventory tree, right-click the sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local vCenter Server instance and select New Datacenter.
    3. In the New Datacenter dialog box, enter sfo01-w02dc and click OK.
  3. Create the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. In the inventory tree, right-click the sfo01-w02dc data center and select New Cluster.
    2. In the New Cluster wizard, enter the following values and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      sfo01-w02-shared01

      DRS

      Turn ON

      Selected

      Other DRS options

      Default values

      vSphere HA

      Turn ON

      Deselected

      EVC

      Set the EVC mode to the highest available baseline that is supported for the lowest CPU architecture on the hosts in the cluster

      vSAN

      Turn ON

      Deselected

  4. Add the ESXi hosts to the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. Right-click the sfo01-w02-shared01 cluster, and select Add Hosts.
    2. On the Add hosts page, select Use same credentials for all hosts, enter the following information, and click Next.

      IP Address or FQDN

      Username

      Password

      sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      root

      esxi_root_user_password

      sfo01w02esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

      -

      -

      sfo01w02esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

      -

      -

      sfo01w02esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

      -

      -

    3. In the Security Alert dialog box, select all ESXi hosts, and, to confirm the validity of the host certificates, click OK .
      A trusted connection between vCenter Server and the ESXi hosts is established using the host certificates for SSL handshake.
    4. On the Host summary page, review the host information and click Next.
    5. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration and click Finish.
    6. On the Hosts tab for the cluster, select all ESXi hosts, right-click, and select Maintenance Mode > Exit Maintenance Mode.
    7. Select all ESXi hosts, right-click, select Assign License, select the ESXi license from the inventory of the License Service, and click OK.
  5. Add an ESXi host to the Active Directory domain
    1. In the inventory tree, expand the entire sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Select the sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local host.
    3. On the Configure tab, under System, select Authentication Services.
    4. On the Authentication Services page, click the Join Domain button.
    5. In the Join Domain dialog box, enter the following settings and click OK.
      Setting Value
      Domain

      sfo01.rainpole.local

      User name

      svc-domain-join@rainpole.local

      Password

      svc-domain-join_password

  6. Set the Active Directory service to start and stop with host.
    1. On the Configure tab for the host, under System, select Services.
    2. Select the Active Directory service, click Edit Startup Policy, select Start and stop with host, and click OK.
  7. Create the resource pools for the shared edge and compute cluster.
    You create resource pools for the following components:
    • NSX-T Edge devices that control the network traffic in and out of the workload domain
    • Tenant workloads in the workload domain
    • NSX-T Edge devices that provide networking services to the tenant workloads in the workload domain
    1. Right-click the sfo01-w02-shared01 cluster and select New Resource Pool.
    2. In the New Resource Pool dialog box, enter the values for the sfo01-w02rp-sddc-edge resource pool and click OK.

      Setting

      Resource Pool 1

      Resource Pool 2

      Resource Pool 3

      Name

      sfo01-w02rp-sddc-edge

      sfo01-w02rp-user-edge

      sfo01-w02rp-user-vm

      CPU-Shares

      High

      Normal

      Normal

      CPU-Reservation

      0

      0

      0

      CPU-Reservation Type

      Expandable selected

      Expandable selected

      Expandable selected

      CPU-Limit

      Unlimited

      Unlimited

      Unlimited

      Memory-Shares

      Normal

      Normal

      Normal

      Memory-Reservation

      32 GB

      0

      0

      Memory-Reservation type

      Expandable selected

      Expandable selected

      Expandable selected

      Memory-Limit

      Unlimited

      Unlimited

      Unlimited

    3. Repeat the step to add the remaining resource pools.
  8. Create a folder for the virtual machines of the NSX-T Edge devices for the inbound and outbound traffic in the workload domain.
    1. From the Home menu, select VMs and Templates.
    2. In the inventory tree, expand the sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    3. Right-click the sfo01-w02dc data center and select New Folder > New VM and Template Folder.
    4. In the New Folder dialog box, enter sfo01-w02fd-nsx and click OK.