Once the Network Pools are created and ESXi hosts are commissioned, the next logical step in the VCF 3.0 deployment is to create workload domain.
A workload domain is a policy-based resource container with specific availability and performance attributes and combining vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a single consumable entity for a specific purpose.
Before you begin, gather the following information for the new workload domain.
- New WLD name
- New Cluster name
- Organization name
- New vCenter IP address, FQDN, subnet mask, gateway, and root user password.
- New NSX manager IP address, FQDN, subnet mask, gateway, NSX Manager Admin password, enable password.
- NSX Controllers IP addresses, FQDN’s, subnet mask, gateway, and NSX Controllers password.
Note that the IP and FQDN must be resolvable (forward & reverse) for every component before you start the deployment. Double check it from the SDDC manager command line and one of the ESXi hosts.
Create Workload Domain
- With the SDDC Manager still open, navigate to Inventory – Workload Domains and click VI-Infrastructure option from the Workload Domain drop-down menu.
- Provide the information gathered above and once ready, click Next.
- Review the Object Names and click Next.
- On the Storage dialog box, specify the level of availability (FTT) you want configured for this virtual environment.
- Next, select the hosts that you want to use for the new VI workload domain.
- On the Licenses page, select the vCenter, vSphere, vSAN, and NSX licenses you want to apply to the VI workload domain. Click Next to continue.
- Review the settings and click Finish to start the Workload Domain deployment.
This process takes approximately 3 hours depending on the number of hosts you have selected. The result is a workload-ready SDDC environment!