Service Mesh Configuration

Login to vCenter

  1. Use the Chrome bookmark: RegionA - On-Prem > RegionA vSphere Client (HTML)
  2. Select the checkbox Use Windows session authentication to be logged as administrator@corp.local
  3. Click the Login button

Go to HCX

  1. Click the Menu
  2. Select HCX

If HCX Manager Web Service is not fully restarted, the HCX tab might not be available yet.
Wait and Refresh the browser until it appears.

Create Compute Profile

  1. Select Interconnect tab
  2. Select Compute Profiles tab
  3. Click the CREATE COMPUTE PROFILE button

Name the Compute Profile

  1. Enter a name for the Compute Profile: Lab-OnPrem
  2. Click the CONTINUE button

Select Services to be enabled

Keep all the Services checked

  1. Click the CONTINUE button

Select Service & Deployment Resources

  1. At the Service Resources selection, keep RegionA01 selected [not shown in the screenshot]
  2. Click the CONTINUE button
  3. At the Deployment Resources selection, configure the following:
    Deployment Resource: RegionA01-COMP01 (already selected)
    Deployment Datastore: RegionA01-ISCSI01-COMP01
  4. Click the CONTINUE button

Create Network Profile for Management

  1. Click Select Management Network Profile
  2. Click CREATE NETWORK PROFILE
  3. Enter the following information for the network profile
    Network: ESXi-RegionA01-vDS-COMP
    IP Ranges: 192.168.110.110-192.168.110.119
    Prefix Length: 24
    Gateway: 192.168.110.1
    Primary DNS: 192.168.110.10
  4. Click the CREATE button (scroll down if needed)
  5. Click the CONTINUE button

The network profiles are leveraged by HCX to deploy the Interconnect, WAN Optimizer and Network Extension appliances.
This allow HCX to be completely autonomous without requiring further information during a Service Mesh creation.

  1. Click Select Uplink Network Profile
  2. Check the existing network profile ESXi-RegionA01-vDS-COMP
  3. Click the CONTINUE button

Create Network Profile for vMotion

  1. Click Select vMotion Network Profile
  2. Click CREATE NETWORK PROFILE
  3. Enter the following information for the network profile
    Network: vMotion-RegionA01-vDS-COMP
    IP Ranges: 10.10.30.110-10.10.30.119
    Prefix Length: 24
  4. Click the CREATE button (scroll down if needed)
  5. Click the CONTINUE button

Usually the vMotion interface of an ESXi is connected to a non-routable network. HCX will deploy an appliance that will connect directly to the vMotion interface thus the Network Profile for this network.

Select vSphere Replication Network Profile

 

  1. Leave the ESXi-RegionA01-vDS-COMP selected
  2. Click the CONTINUE button

Select the dvSwitch for Network Extension

  1. Leave the Distributed Switch RegionA01-vDS-COMP selected
  2. Click the CONTINUE button

Observe Firewall rules

  1. Click the CONTINUE button

Finish

  1. Click the FINISH button

Connect to VMC

  1. Select Site Pairs tab
  2. Click the CONNECT TO REMOTE SITE button

Enter HCX Cloud info

  1. Enter the following information gathered at the prerequisite step :
    HCX URL: <HCX Cloud URL>
    Username: cloudadmin@vmc.local
    Password: <SDDC vCenter password>
  2. Click the CONNECT button

Create Service Mesh

  1. Select Service Mesh tab
  2. Click the CREATE SERVICE MESH button

Select Sites

  1. Leave the Sites automatically selected.
  2. Click the CONTINUE button

Overriding this selection is only necessary if you have multiple Site Paired.

Select Compute Profiles

  1. Select Lab-OnPrem as the Source Compute Profile
  2. Select ComputeProfile(vcenter) as the Remote Compute Profile
  3. Click the CONTINUE button

Select Services

  1. Remove WAN optimization
  2. Remove Disaster Recovery
  3. Click the CONTINUE button

Advanced configuration - Override Uplink Network profiles

No configuration is required, the default value from the Compute Profile is used

  1. Click the CONTINUE button

Override can be required if Direct Connect is used at the Destination Site or if the Source Site has multiple uplinks.

Advanced Configuration – Network Extension Appliance Scale Out

Network Extension Appliance can be scaled across multiple appliances to improve bandwidth. No action required here

  1. Click the CONTINUE button

Review Topology Preview

  1. Click the CONTINUE button

Name and Finish

  1. Enter a name for the Service Mesh: Lab-to-SDDC
  2. Click the FINISH button

The name of the Service Mesh is going to be used in the appliances name,

Observe Deployment

  1. Click the Tasks tab to observe the progress of the deployment
  2. The list of operations can be expanded to check their individual statuses.

Service Mesh deployment takes about 10min in this lab environment.

If the Service Mesh deployment fails with a timeout error, restart it by clicking the RE-SYNC button.