Running the VX Deployer

Use the VX Deployer to install the vSAN cluster. You can install a new vCenter instance as well, or you can use an existing vCenter instance to manage the cluster.

Before you begin

Before you begin to deploy the vSAN cluster, make sure that you have completed the following activities:
  1. Install all ThinkAgive VX appliances. See Install hardware into rack.

  2. Cable the networks. See Cabling network.

  3. Set up the VX Deployer. See Setting up the VX Deployer.


Step through the VX Deployer wizard:

Important: If you need to return to a previous page in the Deployer, make sure that you use the Back button within the Deployer. Do not use the Back button on the browser, which will return you to the first page of the Deployer (all data entered in the Deployer will be lost).
  1. Click Install new cluster and specify the name of your organization.

  2. Accept the license agreements.

  3. Choose the ThinkAgile VX appliances to be part of the vSAN cluster. The VX Deployer uses SLP discovery to find the ThinkAgile VX appliances that are in your network. Assuming that the nodes have been cabled to the network, all nodes should be discovered.

  4. Specify the network services, including DNS servers and NTP servers.

  5. Specify details about the vCenter instance to be used to manage the vSAN cluster, such as the domain name for the vCenter instance, SSO domain, and passwords for the vSphere administrator ID and the vCenter root ID.

  6. Optionally, install Lenovo XClarity Integrator (LXCI) and enable it as the hardware support manager for vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). If you choose to install LXCI, provide the host name, XCC IP address, and XCC VLAN ID. In addition, you will need to provide the LXCI credentials.

  7. Specify the location of your vSAN cluster (Region name, Site name, vCenter Datacenter, and vSAN Cluster).

  8. Choose the version of ESXi to be installed on the hosts and specify the root password.

  9. Provide the networking information (IP address, subnet, gateway) for the ESXi Management network and the XCC Management network. For the ESXi Management network, include the hostname prefix as well.

  10. Specify the IP details for each physical host in the cluster.

  11. Specify the credentials for the XCC module in each VX appliance.

    The VX Deployer requires a common password that can be used to log in to the XCC for each VX appliance. However, after the vSAN cluster has been deployed, you can change the XCC passwords to be unique for each appliance, if desired.

  12. Deploy the cluster.

    This process may take some time, depending on the network and the number of node being deployed in the cluster.