Тhe deployment of the SDDC is automated. You use VMware Cloud Builder to deploy the SDDC management domain, SDDC Manager to deploy workload domains for tenant workloads, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to deploy the vRealize Suite products in this design. You deploy SDDC management components manually only in a few cases according the instructions.

The workflow for SDDC deployment consists of the following stages:

Figure 1. SDDC Deployment Workflow with a VI Workload Domain


Figure 2. SDDC Deployment Workflow with a vSphere with Kubernetes Workload Domain


  1. Prepare the data center and fill in the environment specification.

    Work with the technology team of your organization on configuring the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the Planning and Preparation Workbook in Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet format (XLS).

  2. Deploy the management domain of the SDDC.

    See VMware Validated Design Deployment of the Management Domain.

    1. Prepare the deployment specification of the management domain.

      Download the deployment parameter workbook from My VMware and fill in the details for the management domain deployment. You can use the details from the Planning and Preparation Workbook.

    2. Prepare the environment for the management domain.

      Install and configure ESXi on the physical servers.

    3. Prepare VMware Cloud Builder.

      Download and deploy the VMware Cloud Builder appliance from My VMware.

    4. Run the automated deployment of the management domain.

      Upload the deployment parameter workbook to VMware Cloud Builder, perform an audit of the target environment, and bring up the SDDC management domain.

      After the automated deployment is complete, in addition to the virtual infrastructure component, your environment contains SDDC Manager.

    5. Complete the initial configuration of the management domain.

      Configure SDDC Manager for managing the SDDC and enable secure access within and to the management domain. Then, deploy manually the region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance and connect the management domain components to it.

  3. Deploy a virtual infrastructure workload domain or vSphere with Kubernetes workload domain.

    See VMware Validated Design Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain and VMware Validated Design Deployment of a vSphere with Kubernetes Workload Domain.

    1. Prepare the environment for the workload domain.

      Install and configure ESXi on the physical servers. Create a network pool for the workload domain, and upload product license keys.

    2. Run the automated deployment of the workload domain.

      In SDDC Manager, provide the specification of the workload domain and initiate deployment. SDDC Manager validates the virtual infrastructure and provisions the requested virtual infrastructure. Then, deploy an NSX-T Edge cluster to the shared edge and workload cluster again by using SDDC Manager.

    3. Complete the initial configuration of the workload domain.

      Enable secure access within and to the workload domain. Then, connect the workload domain components to the region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance.

    4. For a vSphere with Kubernetes workload domain, enable vSphere with Kubernetes.

      Validate the domain configuration by using SDDC Manager and enable vSphere with Kubernetes by using the vSphere Client. Then, you can deploy applications or provision Tanzu Kubernetes clusters on the initial Supervisor Cluster.

  4. Deploy the solutions for cloud operations and automation.

    See VMware Validated Design Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation .

    1. Deploy VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

      By using SDDC Manager, download the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager install bundle and deploy vRealize Lifecycle Manager.

    2. Deploy the solutions.

      Import the product binaries in vRealize Lifecycle Manager and deploy the solutions.

    3. Connect the solutions to the management and workload domains.

      After you deploy each solution, integrate it with the virtual infrastructure of the SDDC and with the other solutions for cloud operations and automation.

For more details on the deployment steps, see VMware Validated Design documentation page.