Deploying a vSAN cluster with the VX Deployer

The ThinkAgile VX Deployer is a GUI-based wizard that guides you through the deployment of ThinkAgile VX systems within vSAN clusters. It installs ESXi on one or more target hosts and deploys the hosts to a vSAN cluster.

The VX Deployer installs and configures the following software:
  • VMware ESXi. Installed on each of the hosts in the vSAN cluster.

    Release 1.2 of the VX Deployer installs and configures VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 Build 19193900.

  • VMware vCenter. Manages the vSAN cluster.

    Release 1.2 of the VX Deployer installs and configures VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3c (7.0.3.00300) Build 19234570.

  • Lenovo XClarity Integrator (LXCI). Used with VMware Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) to manage firmware and software updates for ThinkAgile VX systems.

    Release 1.2 of the VX Deployer installs and configures LXCI 7.6.

    Note: LXCI 7.6 is not available for expanding an existing cluster.

The ThinkAgile VX Deployer is pre-loaded on the following ThinkAgile VX systems.

  • VX2320

  • VX3320

  • VX3520-G

  • VX5520

  • VX7320-N

  • VX7520

  • VX5575 IS

  • VX7575 IS

  • VX3575-G IS

Note:

For assistance in the deployment of a vSAN cluster on these or other ThinkAgile VX systems, contact Lenovo Support.

Complete the following steps to deploy a ThinkAgile VX Series vSAN cluster using the VX Deployer.

Task Description For more information
Prepare for the deployment
  1. Review disk configuration considerations.

  2. Fill out the deployment worksheet.

  3. Install the hardware in a rack.

  4. Cable the network.

  5. Configure DNS entries for the cluster.

Preparing for the deployment
Deploy the cluster
To deploy a new cluster:
  1. Set up the VX Deployer.

  2. Run the VX Deployer to deploy the vSAN cluster.

  3. Validate the cluster deployment.

Deploying the vSAN cluster
To add a node to an existing cluster:
  1. Run the VX Deployer to deploy the vSAN cluster.

Adding a node to an existing cluster
Update the vSAN cluster
  1. Update LXCI.

  2. Update firmware, device drivers, and ESXi.

Updating a vSAN cluster

Upgrading LXCI for VMware vCenter

ThinkAgile VX Best Recipe

Note: On the Best Recipe page, click the appropriate Best Recipe release. Then, click Solution Stack Guidelines. From that page, click the Cluster remediation nodes using vLCM document for instructions about updating firmware, device drivers, and ESXi.

If you need to open a Support ticket with Lenovo, see Getting help.