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VMware Cloud Foundation
Create a Virtual Infrastructure (VI) Workload Domain
Welcome to this demonstration on creating a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in VMware Cloud Foundation.
A workload domain is a logical construct that represents an allocation of compute (vSphere), storage (vSAN, NFS, or VMFS on FC) and networking (NSX-T) resources. Note that the NSX Manager instance may be shared with other workload domains; NSX-T can support multiple workload domains associated with a single NSX Manager.
Workload domains can be created, expanded, and deleted as part of the SDDC lifecycle operations. Each workload domain consists of one or more vSphere cluster(s) with a corresponding vCenter Server and NSX Manager instance.
For further information on workload domains please consult the VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Admin Guide
In this demonstration we will deploy a new Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain. This new domain will use VMware vSAN for storage, and VUM for life cycle management.
In this example, we begin in the vSphere web client where we see a single vCenter server configured with 4 hosts
Here we can see a Cloud Foundation Management Domain. Note there are 4 hosts configured and 4 resource pools
Here, we will initiate the process of creating a new VI Workload Domain.
We begin by giving the workload domain a name.
The new domain will be named wld01.
We set the organization name to Lab.
Next, we select the update manager that will be used for lifecycle management within the new workload domain. In this example, we select vSphere Update Manager (VUM).
Here, we will set the cluster name to wld01-clus01.
Next, we specify the settings for the default vSAN storage policy. Here we will accept the default Failures to Tolerate (FTT) value of 1.
With the vSAN FTT policy set to 1, a minimum of three hosts need be assigned to the domain. As this domain will be used to host production workloads, we will add a fourth host to facilitate host maintenance and provided an added level of protection against server failures.
Now we see that four hosts have been selected: esxi-5, esxi-6, esxi-7, and esxi-8.
Here we assign the license keys that will be used for the new domain. Note that we added the NSX-T license prior to creating the new domain.
We are presented with a summary of the object names that will be created in the vSphere web client. These values are derived from the input values we provided. We review the names to ensure they align with the required naming conventions. If we need to make changes, we can go back and make updates.
With the input parameters complete, we are ready to begin creating the new domain.
The SDDC Manager combines the separate tasks needed to create the new domain into a workflow that is executed to deploy the new domain.
Here we see the workflow “Creating Domain wld-01” is running. It will take approximately 90 minutes to create the new domain. During this time the SDDC Manager will deploy a new vCenter Server instance, create the vCenter inventory, add the four ESXi hosts and configure a 4-node vSAN cluster, deploy and configure NSX-T, and prepare the hosts for NSX.
We are able to view the subtasks that make up the workflow. Here, we have accelerated the demonstration so that all tasks are now complete.
At the Workload Domains page we now see the wld01 Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain.
The Summary tab shows the wld01 is configured for vSAN and the NSX-T Manager details as well as the CPU, Memory and storage allocation
Shortcuts to the wld01 vCenter server and NSX-T cluster are listed
Here you can see the configuration of the 4 hosts that have been configured as part of wld01
The vSphere web client now shows the new vCenter server and data center details
This completes our demonstration on creating a new Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain.
In this demonstration we saw how private cloud capacity is easily allocated for hosting compute workloads by creating workload domains. We saw how the advanced automation capabilities of the SDDC Manager made it easy to create a new domain comprised of a dedicated vCenter Server instance, a four-node vSAN cluster, and with VMware NSX-T to provide networking and security services.
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