VMware Cloud Foundation supports specific networking configuration for traffic separation in the management domain and workload domains. Consider also the options that are available to you in the public API compared to the user interface of SDDC Manager.
Cloud Foundation Automation
You interact with VMware Cloud Foundation by using the Web user interface for Day-0 (imaging), Day-1 (deployment of the management domain and workload domains), and Day-2 (workload domain expansion and upgrade) operations. In the cases where the user interface lacks the functionality that you need, you can use the public API of VMware Cloud Foundation.
The user interface of VMware Cloud Foundation does not currently support dedicating a specific physical NIC to a system traffic type. For Day-1 or Day-2 operations that require assigning system traffic to physical NICs, you use the public REST API of VMware Cloud Foundation.
Deployment of hardware in VMware Cloud Foundation follows the high-level process of host discovery, validation, and installation. This high-level process is used for both initial bring-up and expansion of workload domains.
Deployments based on Dell EMC VxRail have a different bring-up workflow because of the automation in VxRail Manager. The process described in this technical note is not applicable to VxRail-based deployments.
Management Domain Workflow
During the initial bring-up of the management domain, you configure the bring-up process with a list of hosts which are pre-imaged and configured according to the requirements of VMware Cloud Foundation. By using the Cloud Builder, you establish the first domain in VMware Cloud Foundation, that is, the management domain.
Workload Domain Workflow
During the initial bring-up of the workload domain, you configure the bring-up process with a list of hosts which are pre-imaged and configured according to the requirements of VMware Cloud Foundation.