This VMware Validated Design uses NFS storage as secondary storage for the SDDC components. You mount the NFS storage to provide storage capacity for archiving log data, backup, and application templates.

Repeat this procedure for all hosts in the consolidated cluster. See Prerequisites for Installation of ESXi Hosts for Consolidated SDDC.


Verify that you have allocated static IP addresses for each ESXi VMkernel storage port.


  1. Log in to the vSphere host by using the VMware Host Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name root
      Password esxi_root_user_password
  2. Configure the Maximum Transmission Units (MTU) on the standard virtual switch.
    1. In the Navigator, select Networking > Virtual switches > vSwitch0 > Edit.
    2. In the Edit standard virtual switch dialog box, enter the following values, and click Save.
      Setting Value
      MTU 9000
      Uplink1 vmnic0
  3. Configure a VMkernel storage port on all ESXi hosts.
    1. In the Navigator, select Networking.
    2. Select the VMkernel NICs tab and click Add VMkernel NIC.
    3. In the Add VMkernel NIC dialog box, enter the following values, and click Create.
      Setting Value

      Port Group

      New port group

      New Port Group


      Virtual Switch


      VLAN ID




      IP version

      IPv4 only

      IPv4 settings



      Subnet mask

      TCP/IP stack

      Default TCP/IP stack



  4. Mount the NFS datastore on the ESXi host.
    1. In the Navigator, click Storage.
    2. Click the Datastores tab and click the New datastore button.
      The New Datastore dialog box appears.
    3. On the Select creation type dialog box, select Mount NFS datastore and click Next.
    4. On the Provide NFS mount details dialog box, enter the following values, and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Name sfo01-w01-bkp01
      NFS Server
      NFS Share /VVD_backup01_nfs01_Consolidated_6TB
      NFS Version NFS 3
    5. On the Ready to complete dialogue box, click Finish.