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Cleanup ESXi host in VCF

In one of my previous blogs about commissioning and decommissioning ESXi hosts in VMware Cloud Foundation, I’ve included a procedure how to cleanup ESXI host that has been decommissioned so it can be used again in another workload domain. There has been some changes that make this process much easier in VCF 3.5 and later so it is time for an update. Note: the old procedure using the DCUI is still supported. Cleanup ESXi Host […]

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Deploy vRealize Operations Manager from SDDC Manager in VCF

In my previous post, I’ve deployed vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in a VCF environment. From there, you can automatically deploy vRealize Operations Manager from the SDDC Manager dashboard and connect it to your workload domains for monitoring and analysis. Add vRealize Operations Manager license Before you begin the deployment, add a valid vRealize Operations Manager license key into the SDDC Manager license inventory. From the SDDC Manager dashboard, navigate to Administration -> Licensing and click […]

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Offline vRealize Lifecycle Manager deployment in VCF

If you want to deploy vRealize Lifecycle Manager from the SDDC Manager in a situation where internet connectivity is not available to your VMware Cloud Foundation system, VCF offers an offline Bundle Transfer utility to manually download the bundles from VMware depot website to a local machine and then upload them to the SDDC Manager. Before you begin make sure you have a machine (Windows/Linux) with internet access and Java 8 or later installed. In […]

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VCF 3.0 Automatically Replace SSL Certificates

One of the coolest features in the VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x release is in my opinion the ability to automatically replace SSL certificates for vSphere and vRealize components. SDDC Manager supports both Microsoft and non-Microsoft certificate authorities but in current release only Microsoft Certificate Authority is supported for automatic replacement of the certificates. I am not going to explain how to set up a MSCA but in case you need one, there are configuration steps […]

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VCF 3.0 Stretch Workload Domain Cluster

In the previous post, we’ve created a workload domain with a cluster. In your VMware Cloud Foundation environment, you can stretch workload domain clusters in the management domain or in the VI workload domain across two availability zones. More on availability zones can be found in the documentation. As always, before you begin, check the requirements for a stretched workload domain cluster in the documentation. Note – Once a cluster is stretched, you cannot un-stretch […]

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VCF 3.0 Create Workload Domain

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 […]

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VCF 3.0 Commission and Decommission hosts

After a successful bing-up you can now start to add ESXi hosts to the SDDC manager inventory in order to create workload domains. This process is called commissioning within the SDDC Manager. However, before you can add the hosts, you must configure network pools first. ESXi host can also be removed or decommissioned from the SDDC Manager but needs to be cleaned up before they can be used again. Adding an ESXi host to the […]

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VCF 3.0 Bring-up

The VCF 3.0 bring-up process will deploy and configure the management workload domain using the Cloud Builder appliance and the process is quite straightforward. Make sure that all prerequisites and preparation steps from the previous blog post are completed before you begin. VCF 3.0 Bring-up Cloud Builder Deployment Parameter Guide (Excel sheet) As already mentioned in the previous blog post, you can obtain the deployment parameter guide (Excel sheet) from the Cloud Builder itself once […]