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, then you configure the management network, DNS, NTP, and SSH services.
Prerequisites for Installation of ESXi Hosts in Region A You prepare for the installation and configuration of all VMware ESXi™ hosts in the management cluster and in 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 A Install ESXi on all hosts in the management and the shared edge and compute clusters interactively.
Configure the Network on All Hosts in Region A 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 A You perform the network configuration for each ESXi host by using the VMware Host Client.
Configure SSH and NTP on All Hosts in Region A Complete the initial configuration of all ESXi hosts by enabling the TSM-SSH service. You also configure the NTP service to avoid time synchronization issues in the SDDC.
Mount NFS Storage on All ESXi Hosts in Region A This VMware Validated Design uses NFS storage as secondary storage for the SDDC management components. You mount the NFS storage to provide storage capacity for archiving log data, backup, and application templates.
Configure DNS Settings for the Platform Services Controller Load Balancer in Region A This validated design deploys two VMware Platform Services Controller™ instances behind a load balancer implemented through NSX Data Center for vSphere. When you prepare your environment for automated deployment with Cloud Builder, NSX Data Center for vSphere is not yet available. To emulate an existing load balancer IP address, you perform a DNS configuration.