The Deployment of a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain in the First Region documentation provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring a workload domain that can run vSphere with Tanzu, formerly known as vSphere with Kubernetes, workloads, based on VMware Validated Design.

The Deployment of a vSphere with Tanzu 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 vSphere with Tanzu 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 4.2.

Required VMware Software

The Deployment of a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain in the First Region documentation is compliant and validated with certain product versions. For more information about supported 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 vSphere with Tanzu 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 vSphere with Tanzu 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 vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain.

  • Optionally, read vSphere with Tanzu Configuration and Management. See the vSphere with Tanzu product documentation on the vSphere documentation page.

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 of the workload domain
  • 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 of the workload domain 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.
Deployment of vSphere with Tanzu Deploy vSphere with Tanzu.
  • Create a dedicated storage policy.
  • Add network segments and configure IP prefixes and route maps.
  • Deploy a Supervisor Namespace.
  • Enable the registry service.
  • Provision a Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster.