In this chapter, the three VxRail nodes in Rack 1 are deployed as a three-node cluster.
- In a browser on the jump host, go to https://192.168.10.200 to connect to VxRail Manager. The Welcome to VxRail screen displays, as shown in the figure below. Note: If you are doing a remote deployment without a jump host, use the IP address you have configured on VxRail Manager as shown in the Remote Deployment of VxRail with SmartFabric Services Deployment Guide.
- From the Welcome screen, click GET STARTED.
- On the EULA page, review the terms provided, and if you agree, check the ACCEPT box and then click NEXT.
- On the Cluster Type page, select Standard Cluster (3 or more hosts) and Standard vSAN then click NEXT. Note: Other cluster types are not currently supported with SFS.
- On the Resources page, wait for all the VxRail hosts in the rack to be discovered. Note: Discovery may take about 5 minutes. If necessary, click the Refresh icon to refresh the Hosts section.
- Select the VxRail nodes to be included in the cluster by checking the box next to the service tag.
- Under Top-of-Rack (TOR) Switch, set Automated VxRail Switch Configuration to Disabled.
After the selections are made, the screen appears as shown in the following figure.Note: Be sure Automated Switch Configuration is set to Disabled before proceeding.
Note: If you do not see the option to disable Automated VxRail Switch Configuration outlined in red above, open the SFS UI and go to . The setting named VxRail Manager Integration in the SFS UI must be set to its default value, enable. If it is set to disable, click EDIT, change the setting to enable, and click . (This SFS UI setting will be renamed to mDNS in a future release). In the VxRail Deployment Wizard, under Top-of-Rack (TOR) Switch, click the refresh icon. Set Automated VxRail Switch Configuration to Disabled as shown in the figure above.
- Click NEXT.
- On the Network Confirmation page, check the two boxes. This confirms the network has been configured per the previous sections of this guide.
- Click NEXT.
- On the Configuration Method page, select your preferred configuration method, Step-by-step user input, or Upload a configuration file. Either configuration method may be used. Note: A JSON-formatted configuration file may be used if you have saved one from a previous installation using the same versions of VxRail and SmartFabric OS10, or if you have been provided one from your sales representative. If you do not have a configuration file, select Step-by-step user input.
- Click NEXT.
- The values entered for screens 7 through 12 (Global Settings through Virtual Network Settings) of the deployment wizard, are listed in VxRail deployment settings - first cluster in the Deployment Planning chapter. Note: Step-by-step VxRail configuration screens are not in this guide, but are provided in the VxRail Appliance Installation Procedures that are available on Dell Technologies SolVe Online (account required).
- On screen 13, the Validate Configuration screen displays.
- Click VALIDATE CONFIGURATION. Note: VxRail Manager must be able to reach the DNS server for validation to succeed. Expand Show Details to view the validation status. Validation may take 5 to 10 minutes for a 3-node cluster.When validation is complete, a message indicating whether the configuration has passed or failed displays, as shown in the figure below.
Note: If validation failed, address the items that failed and validate again.
Note: Once validation passes, Dell Technologies recommends clicking the DOWNLOAD CONFIGURATION FILE button to save a JSON file with your VxRail settings.
- Click NEXT.
- Click DEPLOY CONFIGURATION. The deployment begins.
- Expand the Show Details section to view the deployment details. Note: If you are doing a remote deployment without a jump host, skip to step 29.
- When the deployment is about 25 percent complete, the following message displays.
The VxRail manager will automatically move from its default IP address of 192.168.10.200, to its new IP address on the external management network, which is 172.18.11.72 in this example.
Move the jump host port from the Client Management VLAN, VLAN 4091, to the external management VLAN, 1811 in this example, as follows:
- Keep the VxRail deployment browser tab open. In a new browser tab, connect to the SFS UI.
- In the SFS UI, select the Switches tab.
- Under Fabric Switches, expand the leaf switch the jump host is connected to and expand Breakout Ports & Jump Port.
- Click X JUMP PORT.
- When prompted to delete the jump port, click DELETE.
- Click + JUMP PORT.
- In the Add Jump Port window:
- Enter a Name, such as Jump Host 1.
- Next to Interface Name, select the interface that the jump host is connected to.
- Next to Untagged Network, select the external management Network, VLAN 1811 in this example, as shown in the following figure:
- Click ADD. Note: Ensure the jump host NIC has an IP address on the external management network, 172.18.11.0/24 in this example, before proceeding with the next step. The jump host port on the leaf switch is untagged, so do not configure a VLAN ID on the jump host NIC.
- Return to the VxRail deployment browser tab.
You are redirected to the new VxRail Manager IP address in the browser.
- Continue the VxRail deployment as shown in the following figure. Note: You may need to refresh the browser window.
Deployment takes about one hour for a three-node cluster. When VxRail is successfully deployed, the VxRail Cluster Successfully Configured message displays, as shown.
- Click LAUNCH VCENTER to manage the cluster. Note: The jump host or workstation used must be able to reach the DNS server to resolve the hostname of the vCenter server for the connection to succeed.
Note: If prompted, click the LAUNCH VSPHERE CLIENT (HTML5) button.
- Log in using your vCenter credentials. In this example, the username is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Inventory page of the vSphere Client appears, as shown in the figure below..CAUTION: Review any warnings that may appear in the vSphere Client.