Data Director supports DHCP and IP pool for network configuration. To plan your network, you must understand DNS Server requirements and know which firewall ports must be open for Data Director traffic.

The Data Director vApp requires the use of a DHCP or IP pool address allocation policy. Set up a DHCP server or IP pool for the Internal Network and the DB Access Network. See the vFabric Data Director Administrator and User Guide for information about IP pool setup. If you select a static IP address for the Web Console Network adapter on the Management Server, a DHCP server or IP pool on the Web Console Network is not required.

You can assign static IP addresses to the DB Name Service Network Adapter on the DB Name Server and the vCenter Network adapters on both the Management Server and the DB Name Server. IP pool or DHCP service is not required on their corresponding networks.

If you set up Data Director to use an FQDN for the Name Server Internal Network Adapter, ensure that the network environment and the DBVM network are configured so that DBVMs can resolve the FQDN using the name server (DNS) configured for the DBVMs.

Data Director network configuration depends upon your existing network configuration. Consult with your network or IT administrators and see the vFabric Data Director Worksheets to record the network settings, IP addressing methods, and IP addresses that must set up Data Director networks and network adapters.

The DNS server, netmask, and gateway are properties of a vSphere network. As part of network configuration, you might have to specify information about the DNS server, netmask, and gateway.

If your network uses DHCP IP address allocation, the DHCP server supplies IP addresses for these properties during DHCP configuration.

If your network uses IP pool address allocation, the IP pool supplies IP addresses for these properties during IP pool configuration.

If your network uses static IP address allocation, you must supply a subset of the IP addresses for the DNS server, netmask, and gateway.

During Data Director vApp deployment, you configure the Management Server - Web Console Network Adapter. This adapter is how users connect to the Data Director Web UI.

The Management Server Network gateway and DNS server information is configured with the Web Console Network Adapter's configuration.

The DB Name Service Server's network gateway and DNS server information is configured with the DB Name Service Network Adapter's configuration.

If a vSphere network is used by multiple Data Director networks, information that was specified and cannot be changed appears dimmed.

The use of DHCP-assigned addresses for certain adapters requires the use of Dynamic DNS so that FQDNs specified during configuration can be mapped to dynamically assigned IP addresses. See IP Address and DHCP or IP Pool Setup for details.

If you deploy Data Director with a static IP address for the Web Console Network, specify the central DNS server in Network Properties.