Learning HCX-Part 2-HCX Enterprise Deployment & Configuration

In first post of this series, we learnt about basics of HCX and we discussed that HCX is available in 2 versions i.e HCX Enterprise (for On-Prem) and HCX Cloud (for cloud providers).

In this post we will learn how to deploy HCX Enterprise appliance in on-prem and we will touch down on basic configuration. 

Deployment of HCX Enterprise appliance is very much similar to a standard ovf deployment of any VMware product and nothing fancy is there. Below slide show walk-through steps of deploying the appliance. 

Note: Make sure to deploy appliance as ‘Thick provisioned lazy zeroed’

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By default, HCX ENT appliance is deployed with 12 GB RAM, 4 vCPU’s and 60 GB HDD.


Once the appliance boots up, login to appliance by typing https://hcx-fqdn:9443 and using admin as username and password set during deployment.


You need to have your HCX license key handy for activating the appliance. Your appliance should be able to connect to https://connect.hcx.vmware.com in order to get activated. 

You can choose to activate the appliance later as well.


Select the location where your datacenter is located and hit Continue.


Provide a system name for the appliance and hit continue. 


Hit continue to proceed further with configuration.


Next is to connect your on-premise vCenter server and NSX manager with HCX. Provide the info and hit continue.


Specify IP address/fqdn of the PSC appliance for configuring SSO.


Once you have connected HCX to vCenter server,NSX and PSC, you need to restart the service.


Post restarting service, verify that SSO,NSX and vCenter connections are showing green.


Verify all services are running fine.


Next is to do vSphere role mapping which is a very important step. Basically you are configuring user/groups who can manage the HCX appliance. By default it is set to vsphere.local/Administrators.

Click on edit to modify this configuration.


In my environment, I am not using the default vsphere.local SSO domain and I have created my own SSO domain named ‘vstellar.local’


And that’s it for this post. In next post of this series, we will deploy and configure HCX cloud appliance.

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