Deploy VMware vSAN – Part 1

Background

I’ll break this post in 2, first part (this) focused on whole Lab building, second part focused in vSAN creation and development. For a long time, I wanted to build a Cluster vSAN but never had the hardware to be able to do so. Enter Ravello by Oracle.

Step 1 – Join the VMware Community

Register for a VMware account, you will need this to be able to download the software:
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7
VMware vCenter Server 6.7

Step 2 – Upload the VMware image into Ravello

This step requires the Ravello upload tool, you can grab it now from here.

vm_import_tools

Step 3 – Create a new vSAN Lab

Create a new application and give it a name.

createAPP_1

For this setup, I am going to create a 3 node vSphere 6.7 with the following specifications and one VM with Windows server 2016. This VM installed the Active Direcoty, prefer to leave out vSAN cluster. In post2 I’m going to add another disk to vSAN.

  • 100GB capacity disk
  • Host IP addresses:
    • Host 1: 10.0.0.4
    • Host 2: 10.0.0.5
    • Host 3: 10.0.0.6

I named my 3 hosts ESXI-1, ESXI-2, and ESXI-3 respectively.

esxi1

Under Advanced Configuration, set the cpu-model tag to SandyBridge. Next, navigate to System tab. Set the Platform to Default, the Display to Standard VGA and check Allow Nested Virtualization.

Disk setting:

disk

Nic Settings

nic

Click Publish to deploy the application.

public

The VM start and click the console button.

You can begin ESXi installation, repeat the steps for the other hosts.

insatll

Post 2 under building.

Thats all for today!

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