Build your own Cloud – Part 2b

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Assuming you have a Server with ESXi loaded from OVH. You should have received an email with an IP address and login info. Note that the IP you are assigned is only used for managing that host. Additional IPs will be added later for other purposes.

Here’s s the big picture view of the steps we’re going to go thru.

  • Login to host and configure it locally or add it to a vcenter you have created elsewhere (temporarily while we build a vCenter here)
  • Create a vSwitch and add the 2nd NIC to it
  • Copy or Deploy an OVA appliance Virtual Firewall to the host.
  • Copy ISO file for Windows VM of choice or copy up prebuilt Windows VM
  • Request a Failover IP address
  • Configure temp Virtual Firewall (must support modification of Virt MAC address) assign LAN Interface to VM Portgroup ,assign WAN Interface to VM Portgroup on vSwitch connected to NIC1.
  • Connect to VM running on host and download everything you think you might want to install.
  • Build Windows Domain with Local DNS
  • Deploy vCenter Appliance
  • Join Hosts to vCenter
  • Modify Host Networking so they get Internet through your Virtual Firewall.
  • Ensure VUM can read and deploy updates to the hosts.
  • Add additional hosts and configure vRack service
  • Deploy NSX Manager and License it
  • Manually Prep VIBs for NSX to hosts
  • Configure Distributed vSwitch
  • Deploy first NSX Controller
  • Deploy Edge Services Gateway
  • Configure ESG to take over edge roles from Temp Virtual Firewall
  • Configure DNAT and SNAT rules
  • Configure IPSEC Tunnel
  • Deploy Additional NSX Controllers
  • Configure VXLAN over vRack
  • Deploy Logical Dist Switch
  • Deploy Dist. Logical Router
  • Connect DLR to ESG
  • Setup Routing between DLR and ESG

There may be more than this, but this is a start. SOOO many more posts to come!


-Britton Johnson


vExpert 2017, VCIX-NV, VCP6-DCV, VCP6-NV, MCSA, MCTS