After all ESXi hosts have been added to the clusters, create a vSphere Distributed Switch to handle the traffic of the management applications in the SDDC. You must also create port groups to prepare your environment to migrate the Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server instances to the distributed switch.

1

Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.

a

Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.

b

Log in using the following credentials.

Setting

Value

User name

administrator@vsphere.local

Password

vsphere_admin_password

2

Create vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch.

a

In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.

b

Right-click the SFO01 datacenter, and select Distributed Switch > New Distributed Switch to start the New Distributed Switch wizard .

c

On the Name and location page, enter vDS-Mgmt as the name and click Next.

d

On the Select version page, ensure the Distributed switch: 6.5.0 radio button is selected and click Next.

e

On the Edit settings page, enter the following values and click Next.

Setting

Value

Number of uplinks

2

Network I/O Control

Enabled

Create a default port group

Deselected

f

On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.

3

Edit the settings of the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch.

a

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch, and select Settings > Edit Settings.

b

Click the Advanced tab.

c

Enter 9000 as MTU (Bytes) value, and click OK.

4

Create port groups in the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch for the management traffic types.

a

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch, and select  Distributed Port Group > New Distributed Port Group

b

Create port groups with the following settings and click Next.

Port Group Name

Port Binding

VLAN Type

VLAN ID

vDS-Mgmt-Management

Ephemeral - no binding

VLAN

1611

vDS-Mgmt-vMotion

Static binding

VLAN

1612

vDS-Mgmt-VSAN

Static binding

VLAN

1613

vDS-Mgmt-NFS

Static binding

VLAN

1615

vDS-Mgmt-VR

Static binding

VLAN

1616

vDS-Mgmt-Ext-Management

Static binding

VLAN

130

vDS-Mgmt-Uplink01

Static binding

VLAN

2711

vDS-Mgmt-Uplink02

Static binding

VLAN

2712

Note

The port group for VXLAN traffic is automatically created later during the configuration of the NSX Manager for the management cluster.


c

On the Ready to complete page, review your entries, and click Finish.

d

Repeat this step for each port group.

5

Change the port groups to use the Route Based on Physical NIC Load teaming algorithm.

a

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch and select Distributed Port Group > Manage Distributed Port Groups.

b

On the Select port group policies page, select Teaming and failover and click Next.

c

Click the Select distributed port groups button, add all port groups and click Next.

d

On the Teaming and failover page, select Route based on physical NIC load from the Load balancing drop-down menu and click Next.

e

Click Finish.

6

Connect the ESXi host, mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local, to the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch by migrating their VMkernel and virtual machine network adapters.

a

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch,and click Add and Manage Hosts.

b

On the Select task page, select Add hosts and click Next

c

On the Select hosts page, click New hosts.

d

In the Select new hosts dialog box, select mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local and click OK.

e

On the Select hosts page, click Next.

f

On the Select network adapter tasks page, ensure that Manage physical adapters and Manage VMkernel adapters check boxes are selected, and click Next.

g

On the Manage physical network adapters page, click vmnic1 and click Assign uplink.

h

In the Select an Uplink for vmnic1 dialog box, select Uplink 1 and click OK.

i

On the Manage physical network adapters page, click Next.

7

Configure the VMkernel network adapters, edit the existing, and add new adapters as needed.

a

On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click vmk0 and click Assign port group.

b

Select vDS-Mgmt-Management and click OK.

c

On the Manage VMkernel network adapters page, click On this switch and click New adapter

d

On the Add Networking page, select Select an existing network, browse to select the vDS-Mgmt-vSAN port group, click OK, and click Next.

e

On the Port properties page, select the Virtual SAN check box and click Next.

f

On the IPv4 settings page, select Use static IPv4 settings, enter IP address 172.16.13.101, enter subnet 255.255.255.0, and click Next.

g

Click Finish.

h

Repeat steps 7c. - 7f. to create the remaining VMkernel network adapters.

Port Group

Port Properties

IPv4 Address

Netmask

vDS-Mgmt-VR

vSphere Replication traffic

vSphere Replication NFC traffic

172.16.16.101

255.255.255.0

vDS-Mgmt-NFS

N/A

172.16.15.101

255.255.255.0

i

On the Analyze impact page, click Next.

j

On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.

8

Create the vMotion VMkernel adapter.

a

In the Navigator, click Host and Clusters and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.

b

Click on mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local.

c

Click the Configure tab then select VMkernel adapters.

d

Click the Add host networking icon and select VMkernel Netowrk Adapter and click Next.

e

On the Add Networking page, select Select an existing network, browse to select the vDS-Mgmt-vMotion port group, click OK, and click Next.

f

On the Port properties page, select vMotion from the TCP/IP Stack drop-down and click Next.

g

On the IPv4 settings select Use static IPv4 settings enter IP address 172.16.12.101, enter subnet 255.255.255.0, and click Next.

h

Click Finish.

9

Configure the MTU on the vMotion VMkernel adapter.

a

Select the vMotion VMkernel adapter created in the previous step, and click Edit Settings.

b

Click the NIC Settings page.

c

Enter 9000 for the MTU value and click OK.

10

Configure the vMotion TCP/IP stack.

a

Click TCP/IP configuration.

b

Select vMotion and click the edit icon.

c

Click on Routing and enter 172.16.12.253 for the default gateway and click OK.

11

Migrate the Management Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server instances from the standard switch to the distributed switch.

a

In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.

b

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch and click Migrate VM to Another Network.

c

On the Select source and destination networks page, browse the following networks and click Next.

Setting

Value

Source network

VM Network

Destination network

vDS-Mgmt-Management

d

On the Select VMs to migrate page, select mgmt01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local, comp01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local and mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local, and click Next.

e

On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.

12

Define Network I/O Control shares for the different traffic types on the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch.

a

Click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch, click the Configure tab, and click Resource Allocation > System traffic.

b

Under System Traffic, configure each of the following traffic types with the following values.

Traffic Type

Physical adapter Shares

Virtual SAN Traffic

High

NFS Traffic

Low

vMotion Traffic

Low

vSphere Replication (VR) Traffic

Low

Management Traffic

Normal

vSphere Data Protection Backup Traffic

Low

Virtual Machine Traffic

High

Fault Tolerance Traffic

Low

iSCSI Traffic

Low

13

Migrate the last physical adapter from the standard switch to the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch.

a

In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the SFO01 datacenter.

b

Right-click the vDS-Mgmt distributed switch and select Add and Manage Hosts.

c

On the Select task page, select Manage host networking, and click Next.

d

On the Select hosts page, click Attached hosts.

e

In the Select member hosts dialog box, select mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local, and click OK.

f

On the Select hosts page, click Next.

g

On the Select network adapter tasks page, select Manage physical adapters only, and click Next.

h

On the Manage physical network adapters page, select vmnic0, and click Assign uplink.

i

In the Select an Uplink for vmnic1 dialog box, select Uplink 2, and click OK, and click Next.

j

On the Analyze Impact page, click Next.

k

On the Ready to complete page, click Finish.

14

Enable vSphere Distributed Switch Health Check.

a

In the Navigator, click Networking and expand the SFO01 datacenter.

b

Select the vDS-MGMT distributed switch and click the Configure tab.

c

In the Navigator select Health check and click the Edit button.

d

Select Enabled for VLAN and MTU and Teaming and failover and click OK.

15

Delete the vSphere Standard Switch.

a

In the Navigator, click on Hosts and Clusters and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.

b

Click on mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local and then click the Configure tab.

c

On the Configure page, select Virtual switches, choose vSwitch0, and then click on the Remove selected switch icon.

d

In the Remove Standard Switch dialog box, click Yes to confirm the removal.