To be provisioned through SDDC Manager, the VI workload domains require file-backed (NFS or vSAN) primary storage. Secondary storage can be NFS or block storage, but it is not managed through SDDC Manager. In this section, we configure the Unity XT x80 NFS services, which SDDC Manager uses during the VI workload domain bring-up process. We also describe how to configure vSAN, which may be used if you are deploying Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes as VI workload domain hosts. The following figure details the storage configuration that is used in this guide, along with an optional second workload domain:
Figure 11. VMware Cloud Foundation storage configuration
In SDDC Manager, create an IP resource pool for NFS or vSAN:
- In a browser, enter one of the following URLs:
- https://<FQDN >, where <FQDN> is the hostname of SDDC Manager
- https://<IP_address>, where <IP_address> is the IP address of SDDC Manager
- Log in as user vcf, using the password that you provided on the deployment parameter spreadsheet before beginning the bring-up process.
- From the SDDC Manager Dashboard, in the left pane, expand Administration, and then select Network Settings.
- In the upper right, click Create Network Pool.
- Create the network pool:
- At Network Pool Name, specify a pool name.
- At Network Type, select NFS or vSAN.
- Under NFS Network Information or vSAN Network Information, enter the IP storage network information.
- Click Save.
- If configuring NFS, record the Included IP Address Ranges, as shown in the following figure.
You will need this information when you assign host access permissions on the Unity XT x80 NFS share.
Figure 12. SDDC Manager NFS network pool
- If configuring vSAN, skip to Deploying the VI workload domain.