Learning HCX-Part 5: Configuring Interconnect Networks

By | 04/07/2018

In last post of this series we paired HCX Enterprise with the HCX Cloud appliance. Now the next task is to deploy the fleet appliances, but before doing any deployment we have to configure the networks for interconnects i.e fleet configuration.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to HCX

2: HCX Enterprise Deployment & Configuration

3: HCX Cloud Deployment & Configuration

4: HCX Site Pairing

Basically we are defining a pool of IP’s which interconnect appliances will use when we start deploying them. High level steps of fleet config are summarized as below.

Login to hcx cloud using the public url (https://hcx-cloud-public-fqdn) and navigate to Administration > Deployment Containers.

Deployment containers dictates where your fleet appliances will be sitting post deployment. Click on Add button to specify a new container.

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Provide a name for the container and select the vCenter server with which your HCX-Cloud appliance is registered.

Edit Resource Pool, Datastore and Folder options to specify appropriate place for fleet appliances deployment. Hit Ok to continue.

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Go to Interconnect Configuration page and click on “create interconnect configuration”

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Select the compute resources and hit next. 

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You need to create at least 2 networks. One LAN facing and one WAN facing. 

First I created the management network which is on IP segment 192.168.109.0/24

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Next I added vMotion network (for vMotion to cloud)

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At last I added my WAN facing network.

In my lab my HCX-ENT and HCX-Cloud is on the same L2 domain, so while selecting WAN facing networks, I have not specified any Public IP and rather used private IP range. In production you will be using public IP’s here.

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I am not using any static route as my network setup is very simple and Site-A and Site-B are locally connected. 

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On Ready to complete page, review your settings and hit finish. 

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This is how my interconnect config looks like.

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And that’s it for this post. In next post of this series we will discuss about fleet appliances and will them in lab.

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