vCenter HA: Add and Configure Hosts and Clusters

This post is part of a series on deploying Highly Available vCenter and Platform Services Controllers.

Part 1: vCenter HA: Deploy External Platform Services Controller

Part 2: vCenter HA: Configure NetScaler for External Platform Services Controllers

Part 3: vCenter HA: Replace Certificates for Platform Services Controllers

Part 4: vCenter HA: Connect Platform Services Controllers to Active Directory

Part 5: vCenter HA: Deploy vCenter

Part 6: vCenter HA: Replace Certificates for vCenter

Part 7: vCenter HA: License vCenter

Part 8: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Hosts and Clusters

Part 9: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Datastores and Datastore Clusters

Part 10: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Distributed Switches

Part 11: vCenter HA: Configure vCenter HA

Part 12+: Advanced Tasks (Coming soon)

 

Now that we have deployed and licensed vCenter, we want to go ahead and accomplish a couple of tasks.

  1. Create a new Data Center
  2. Add our hosts
  3. Create and Configure a basic cluster

Make sure that you have completed the forward and reverse lookup DNS entries for all of your hosts.

Open your browser to https://vcenterfqdn/ if it isn’t there already and log into the vSphere Web Client (Flash).

Click Hosts and Clusters.

In the getting started tab, click Create Datacenter.

Enter a name for the Datacenter.

Click OK.

Click Add a host.

Enter the fully qualified domain name for the host and click Next.

Enter the root username and password.

Click Next.

Click Next.

Click Next.

Use the radio button to set the security level for your environment.

Click Next.

Click Next.

Click Finish.

Now your host has been added. Go ahead and repeat this process for your other hosts.

Once you have added your hosts, click Create a cluster.

Enter a name for the cluster.

Check the box to turn on DRS.

Check the box to turn on vSphere HA.

Leave all other settings default for now.

Click OK.

Now your cluster has been created.

Click and drag one of your hosts into the cluster you just created.

Click OK.

Drag the rest of the hosts into the create.

Now your hosts are all clustered. We will talk about some advanced cluster information in later posts.

 

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