Configure the Controller VM for your vSphere with Tanzu environment.

The Controller requires several post-deployment configuration parameters for the load balancer control plane.



  1. Using a browser, navigate to the IP address that you specified when deploying the Controller.
  2. Create an Administrator Account.
    Option Description
    Username Enter an administrator user name for the Controller VM.
    Password Enter an administrator password for the Controller VM.
    Email Address (optional) Enter an administrator email address.
  3. Configure System Settings.
    Option Description
    Passphrase Enter a passphrase for the Controller backup. The Controller configuration is automatically backed up to the local disk on a periodic basis. For more information, see Backup and Restore.
    DNS Resolver Enter an IP address for the DNS server you are using in the vSphere with Tanzu environment. For example,
    DNS Search Domain Enter a domain string. The string can be any value and is required but not relevant for layer 4 load balancing.
  4. (Optional) Configure Email/SMTP
    Option Description
    SMTP Source None, Local Host, SMTP Server, or Anonymous Server
    From Address Email address
  5. Configure the tenant settings.
    1. Retain the default tenant access.
    2. Select Setup Cloud After and set up Default-Cloud.
    3. Select VMware vCenter/vSphere ESX as the infrastructure type.
    4. Provide the vCenter/vSphere Login information.
      Option Description

      Enter the vCenter administrator user name, such as administrator@vsphere.local.

      To use lesser permissions, create a dedicated role. See VMware User Role for details.

      Password Enter the user password.
      vCenter Address Enter the vCenter Server IP address for the vSphere with Tanzu environment.
      Access Permissions

      Read: You create and manage the service engine VMs.

      Write: Controller creates and manages the service engine VMs.

      You must select Write.

      SDN Integration

      None is the supported option.

      VMware NSX

  6. Configure the Data Center settings.
    1. Select the vSphere Data Center where you want to enable Workload Management.
    2. Select the Default Network IP Address Management mode.
      • Select DHCP to connect to the Management network.
      • Leave the option unselected if any network requires static IP addresses. You can configure them individually for each network.

        For more information, see Configure a Virtual IP Network.

    3. Configure the Virtual Service Placement Settings.
      Option Description
      Prefer Static Routes vs Directly Connected Network for Virtual Service Placement Check this option to force the Service Engine VM to access the server network, which is the Management network, by layer 3 and configure a static route for the server IP address.

      By default, the Controller directly connects a NIC to the server network and you must force the Service Engine to connect only to the Data network and route to the Workload network.

      Use Static for Network Resolution of VIP for Virtual Service Placement Leave this option unselected.
  7. Configure the Network. settings and click Save.
    Option Description
    Management Network Select the Management network. This network interface is used by the Service Engines to connect with the Controller. For example, MGMT-VLAN1009.
    Management Network IP Address Management Select DHCP.
    IP Subnet Enter the IP subnet for the Management network. For example,
    Add Static IP Address Pool Enter one or more IP addresses or IP address range. For example,
    Default Gateway Enter the default gateway for the Management network, such as
  8. (Optional) Configure NTP settings if you want to use an internal NTP server.
    1. Select Administration > Settings > DNS/NTP.
    2. Delete existing NTP servers if any and enter the IP address for the DNS server you are using. For example.


Once you complete the configuration, you see the Controller Dashboard. Select the Networks tab and verify the IP address pool allocation.