Start the deployment of multiple availability zones by deploying the vSAN witness host as a virtual appliance in a third location, such as an instance of VMware Cloud Foundation in another region.

Procedure

  1. In a Web browser, log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    Settings Value
    URL https://lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local/ui
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the Hosts and clusters inventory, expand the lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree and expand the lax01-m01dc data center.
  3. Deploy the vSAN witness host virtual machine.
    1. Right-click the lax01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Deploy OVF template.
      The Deploy OVF template wizard opens.
    2. On the Select an OVF template page, select Local file and click Choose files.
    3. Select the vSAN witness host .ova file on your local file system, and click Next.
    4. On the Select name and folder page, configure the settings, and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Virtual machine name sfo03w01vsanw01
      Virtual machine location lax01-m01fd-mgmt
    5. On the Select a compute resource page, select lax01-m01-mgmt01, and click Next.
    6. On the Review details page, click Next.
    7. On the License agreements page, select I accept all license agreements and click Next.
    8. On the Configuration page, select Medium.
    9. On the Select storage page, configure the settings, and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Select virtual disk format Thin provision
      VM storage policy vSAN Default Storage Policy
      Datastore lax01-m01-vsan01
    10. On the Select networks page, configure the settings, and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Witness network lax01-m01-vds01-vsan
      Management network lax01-m01-vds01-management
    11. On the Customize template page, configure the settings, and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Root password vsan_witness_root_password
      Confirm root password vsan_witness_root_password
    12. On the Ready to Complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  4. In the Hosts and clusters inventory, expand the lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree and expand the lax01-m01dc data center.
  5. Right-click the sfo03w01vsanw01 virtual machine and select Power > Power on.