Use a desktop with an operating system such as Windows to reach the VxRail external management network for initialization. The desktop must include a supported web browser that can access the VxRail management interface.
You can either use a workstation or laptop to plug into an open Ethernet port on one of the ToR switches or a jump host (jump server description) in your data center that can reach the VxRail external management network.
If you plug a workstation or laptop into an open Ethernet port on a switch, and you choose a VLAN other than the default native VLAN for the VxRail external management network, first configure the port to enable connectivity to the VxRail management interface. When the VxRail initialization process is complete, the switch port or jump host is no longer required to manage VxRail.
Do not try to plug your workstation/laptop directly into a VxRail server node to connect to the VxRail management interface for initialization. It must be plugged into your network switch, and the workstation/laptop must be logically configured to reach the necessary networks.
A supported web browser is required to access the VxRail management interface. The latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer10+ are all supported. If you are using Internet Explorer 10+ and an administrator has set your browser to "compatibility mode" for all internal websites (local web addresses), you will get a warning message from VxRail. To access the VxRail management interface to perform initialization, you must use either the temporary, pre-configured VxRail initial IP address: 192.168.10.200/24, or have Dell services apply the permanent IP address to VxRail Manager. This temporary IP address changes during VxRail initialization to your desired permanent address, and assigned to VxRail Manager during cluster formation.
Your workstation or laptop must be able to reach both the temporary VxRail initial IP address and the permanent VxRail Manager IP address (Row 15 from Appendix A: VxRail Network Configuration Table). VxRail initialization reminds you that you might need to reconfigure your workstation or laptop network settings to access the new IP address. It is best practice to give your workstation/laptop or your jump server two IP addresses on the same network port, which allows for a smoother experience. Depending on your workstation/laptop, this can be implemented in several ways (such as dual-homing or multi-homing). Otherwise, change the IP address on your workstation/laptop when instructed to and then return to VxRail Manager to continue with the initialization process. If you cannot reach the VxRail initial IP address, the Dell support team can configure a custom IP address, subnet mask, and gateway on VxRail Manager before initialization.
The following table is an example of how to set the IP addresses on the Ethernet port. The IP address settings on the jump host or laptop should be in the same subnet range as the temporary IP address and permanent IP address planned for VxRail Manager.
|Example configuration||VxRail IP address/netmask||Jump host/Laptop|
|IP address||Subnet mask||Gateway|