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VxRail satellite nodes are an option to support workload requirements at remote, or ‘edge’ locations. The server hardware and components for VxRail satelllite nodes is the same product family as used for VxRail nodes to build clusters. The major difference is that the software installed at the factory into satellite nodes is not the same image as the software installed on nodes used for cluster formation. Therefore, satellite nodes can only be deployed as single instances, and cannot be used to form VxRail clusters.
The planning and preparation steps for VxRail satellite nodes differentiate from VxRail clusters in several areas:
- VxRail satellite nodes are dependent on an operational VxRail cluster for management and monitoring purposes. A VxRail satellite node that is not under the management of a VxRail Manager instance can be viewed as a stranded ESXi instance.
- vSAN networks are not supported on VxRail satellite nodes. VxRail satellite nodes depend on local disk drives and a local PERC controller for primary storage resources for virtual machines.
- vMotion networks for virtual machine mobility purposes are not supported on VxRail satellite nodes.
- VxRail Manager cannot discover VxRail satellite nodes using the internal management network. A management IP address must be assigned to a VxRail satellite node in order for it to be discovered by VxRail Manager.