If you have successfully followed all the steps that are listed in this document, you are ready to move to the final phase: Connect the laptop or workstation to a switch port, and perform VxRail initialization. These steps are done by Dell Technologies service representatives and are included here to help you understand the complete process.
Step 1. Before coming on-site, the Dell Technologies service representative will have contacted you to capture and record the information that is described in the VxRail Network Configuration Table and walk through the VxRail Setup Checklist.
Step 2. If your planned VxRail deployment requires a Witness at a remote data center location, the Witness virtual appliance is deployed.
Step 3. If your planned deployment include the purchase of Dell Ethernet switches and professional services to install and configure the switches to support the VxRail cluster, that activity is performed before VxRail deployment activities commence.
Step 4. Install the VxRail nodes in a rack or multiple racks in the data center. If Dell professional services are not installing the switches, install the network switches supporting the VxRail cluster into the same racks for ease of management.
Step 5. Attach Ethernet cables between the ports on the VxRail nodes and switch ports that are configured to support VxRail network traffic.
Step 6. Power on three or four initial nodes to form the initial VxRail cluster. Do not turn on any other VxRail nodes until you have completed the formation of the VxRail cluster with the first three or four nodes.
Step 7. Connect a workstation/laptop configured for VxRail initialization to access the VxRail external management network on your selected VLAN. It must be either plugged into the switch or able to logically reach the VxRail external management VLAN from elsewhere on your network.
Step 8. Open a browser to the VxRail initial IP address to begin the VxRail initialization process.
Step 9. The Dell Technologies service representative will populate the input screens on the menu with the data collected and recorded in the VxRail Network Configuration Table.
Step 10. If you have enabled Dell EMC SmartFabric Services, VxRail will automatically configure the switches that are connected to VxRail nodes using the information populated on the input screens.
Step 11. VxRail performs the verification process, using the information input into the menus.
Step 12. After validation is successful, the initialization process will begin to build a new VxRail cluster.
Step 13. The new permanent IP address for VxRail Manager will be displayed.
- If you configured the workstation/laptop to enable connectivity to both the temporary VxRail IP address and the new permanent IP address, the browser session will make the switch automatically. If not, you must manually change the IP settings on your workstation/laptop to be on the same subnet as the new VxRail IP address.
- If your workstation/laptop cannot connect to the new IP address that you configured, you will get a message to fix your network and try again. If you are unable to connect to the new IP address after 20 minutes, VxRail will revert to its un-configured state and you will need to re-enter your configuration at the temporary VxRail IP address.
- After the build process starts, if you close your browser, you will need to browse to the new, permanent VxRail IP address.
Step 14. Progress is shown as the VxRail cluster is built.
Step 15. When you see the Hooray! page, VxRail initialization is complete and a new VxRail cluster is built. Click the Manage VxRail button to continue to VxRail management. You should also bookmark this IP address in your browser for future use.
Step 16. Connect to VxRail Manager using either the VxRail Manager IP address (Row 26) or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) (Row 25) that you configured on your DNS server.
Step 17. If the Dell EMC SmartFabric services were enabled on the switch infrastructure, the Dell EMC OMNI plug-in is deployed on the vCenter instance.