The Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region documentation provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring the virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domain based on VMware Validated Design.

The Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region documentation does not contain step-by-step instructions for performing all required post-configuration tasks because their nature often depends on the requirements of your organization.

Intended Audience

The Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region documentation is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy in a short time and manage a software-defined data center (SDDC) that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region is compatible with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1.

Required VMware Software

Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

The sequence of the documentation of this design follows the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC.

To deploy a virtual infrastructure workload domain by following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design, your environment must have a certain configuration. For information on the deployment workflow of the SDDC components, see Deployment of VMware Validated Design in Introducing VMware Validated Design.
Table 1. Required SDDC Components
Workload Domain Management Component Deployment Method
Management domain ESXi hosts Manual deployment
vCenter Server Automated deployment by using Cloud Builder
NSX-T Manager and NSX-T Edge nodes with a region-specific and cross-region virtual network segments Automated deployment by using Cloud Builder
vSAN as principal storage Automated deployment by using Cloud Builder
NFS as supplemental storage Manual deployment
SDDC Manager Automated deployment by using Cloud Builder
Region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance connected to NSX-T Manual deployment

To apply Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region, you must:

  • Complete the Planning and Preparation Workbook with your deployment options included.

  • Deploy a single-region SDDC management domain. See Deployment of the Management Domain in the First Region.

  • Optionally, read Architecture and Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain.

See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

The same requirement applies if you are following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation to deploy a virtual infrastructure workload domain. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

Using VMware Cloud Foundation for Deployment of the Workload Domain in the First Region

VMware Validated Design uses SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation for automated deployment and life cycle of the components for the workload domains.

VMware Validated Design follows an example naming convention. The naming provides uniqueness of the objects across the SDDC. You can identify managed objects directly if you use many components that are linked together, for example, multiple vCenter Server systems working in Enhanced Linking Mode. For information on the naming convention, see Planning and Preparation Workbook.

Table 2. Automated and Manual Deployment and Configuration for the Workload Domain
Operation Type By Using SDDC Manager Automation Manual Configuration
Preparation for deployment - Install and configure ESXi on the physical servers.
Deployment
  • Deploy the workload domain.
  • Create an NSX-T Edge cluster.
Create a network pool and commission ESXi hosts for the workload domain.
Post-deployment configuration Replace certificates for the SDDC components of the workload domain.
  • Join the management domain vCenter Server and ESXi hosts to Active Directory.
  • Configure Active Directory as an identity management provider for the workload domain.
  • Configure the vSAN gateway as vSphere HA isolation address.
  • Group components of the workload domain in folders.
  • Integrate NSX-T Data Center instance for the workload domain with the region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance.
Implementation of Availability Zone 2 Configure vSAN stretched cluster for Availability Zone 2.
  • Deploy and configure the vSAN witness host.
  • Install and configure ESXi hosts for Availability Zone 2.
  • Create a network pool and commission ESXi hosts for Availability Zone 2.
  • Configure vSphere availability for the workload domain.
  • Add components of the workload domain to the primary availability zone VM group.
  • Reconfigure the NSX-T Data Center instance to provide failover of the components of the workload domain.

Update History

Change the Allocation of Host Network Adapters to the Distributed Uplink Port Groups for the Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in Region A

This Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region is updated with each release of the product or when necessary.

Revision Description
20 OCT 2020 Added a procedure to reconfigure the vSphere Distributed Switch. See Change the Allocation of Host Network Adapters to the Distributed Uplink Port Groups for the Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in Region A.
09 OCT 2020 BGP Autonomous System Number (ASN) allocation numbers updated to match the Planning and Preparation Workbook.
06 OCT 2020 Initial release.