VMware recommends creating an empty EVC cluster and moving hosts into it later as the simplest way of creating an EVC cluster with minimal disruption to your existing infrastructure.

Open vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server.

Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a cluster object.

Verify that a Datacenter, or folder within a datacenter, exists in the inventory.

1

Select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.

2

Select a datacenter or folder within a datacenter.

3

Select File > New > Cluster.

4

Choose cluster features.

Option

Description

If you chose to use DRS with this cluster

a

Select an automation level and a migration level and click Next.

b

Select a default power management setting and a DPM threshold, and click Next.

If you chose to use HA with this cluster

a

Select whether to enable host monitoring and admission control.

b

If admission control is enabled, specify a policy.

c

Click Next.

d

Specify cluster default behavior and click Next.

e

Specify virtual machine monitoring settings and click Next.

5

Enable EVC in the cluster by selecting the supported CPU for the hosts you will be adding.

Option

Description

Enable EVC for AMD Hosts

The EVC feature is enabled for AMD hosts.

Enable EVC for Intel® Hosts

The EVC feature is enabled for Intel hosts.

6

From the VMware EVC Mode drop-down menu, select the baseline CPU feature set to enable for the cluster.

If the selected EVC Mode cannot be selected, the Compatibility pane displays the reasons why and the relevant hosts for each reason.

7

Select a swap file policy and click Next.

8

Review the options you selected for the cluster and click Finish.

The EVC cluster is added to the inventory.

Set up hosts and add them to the cluster.