To prepare the virtual infrastructure layer of the SDDC, you first install ESXi on all hosts for the management cluster and for the shared edge and compute cluster, configure the management network, DNS, NTP, and SSH services.
Prerequisites for Installation of ESXi Hosts in Region B 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.
Install ESXi Interactively on All Hosts in Region B Install ESXi on all hosts in the management and the shared edge and compute clusters interactively.
Configure the Network on All Hosts in Region B After the initial boot, use the ESXi Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) for initial host network configuration and administrative access.
Configure the Virtual Machine Network Port Group on All Hosts in Region B You perform a network configuration for each ESXi host using the VMware Host Client.
Configure SSH and NTP on All Hosts in Region B Complete the initial configuration of all ESXi hosts by enabling the TSM-SSH service. You then configure the NTP service to avoid time synchronization issues in the SDDC.
Mount NFS Storage on all ESXi Hosts in Region B This VMware Validated Design uses NFS storage as the secondary storage for the SDDC management components. You mount the NFS storage to provide the storage capacity for archiving log data, backup, and application templates.
Configure DNS Settings for the Platform Services Controller Load Balancer in Region B This VMware Validated Design deploys two Platform Services Controllers behind a load balancer implemented through NSX for vSphere. When you prepare your environment for automated deployment using Cloud Builder, NSX for vSphere is not yet available. You perform a DNS configuration to emulate an existing load balancer IP address.