VMware Cloud Foundation, Will it run on Oracle Ravello? Part 3: Deploying management cluster hardware

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Before we begin

If you have not checked out what this series is about then please take a look at the previous parts below.

Part 1: Planning

Part 2: Ancillary Services

Management Cluster “Hardware”.

Part way through writing this blog series, VMware released version 3.5 of VCF. From this point on, all documentation referenced will be for VCF 3.5. If we check out the release notes for VCF 3.5, we can see that a new installation is broken down into 3 phases. Phase 1 is planning and prep, which I have already covered, Phase 2 is building the ESXi servers, which this blog post will cover and Phase 3 is deploying the VMware Cloud Foundation.

Minimum requirements for VCF management cluster is 4 hosts in a standard architecture deployment. This guide will walk through creating the 4 ESXi management hosts I outlined in the planning blog post. We will end up with something that resembles the below in Ravello.


Each host specification will consist of 4 CPU’s, 105 GB RAM, 2 NICS, and 6 disks to make up 2 disk

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