You prepare for the installation and configuration of all ESXi hosts in the management cluster and the shared edge and compute cluster. You use the same process to install and configure the hosts for both clusters.

Before you start:

  • Make sure that you have a Windows host that has access to your data center. You use this host to connect to the data center and perform configuration steps.

You must also prepare the installation files.

  • Download the ESXi ISO installer.

  • Create a bootable USB drive that contains the ESXi Installation. See "Format a USB Flash Drive to Boot the ESXi Installation or Upgrade" in vSphere Installation and Setup.

IP Addresses, Hostnames, and Network Configuration

The following values are required to configure your hosts.

Table 1. Management Cluster Hosts

FQDN

IP

VLAN ID

 Default Gateway

NTP Server

sfo01m01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.101

1611

172.16.11.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01m01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.102

1611

172.16.11.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01m01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.103

1611

172.16.11.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01m01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.104

1611

172.16.11.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

Table 2. Shared Edge and Compute Cluster Hosts

FQDN

IP

VLAN ID

Default Gateway 

NTP Server

sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.31.101

1631

172.16.31.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.31.102

1631

172.16.31.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.31.103

1631

172.16.31.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.31.104

1631

172.16.31.253

  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local