vCloud Extender-Part 3: Tenant (On-Premise) Setup

In last post of this series we covered the deployment/configuration steps in the cloud provider side. In this post we will learn about how to configure the on-premise (tenant) environment.

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

1: Introduction to vCloud Extender

2: vCloud Extender-Cloud Provider Setup

To connect the Tenant environment with the cloud provider, we need to deploy an instance of vCloud Extender in the on-premise. Deployment is more or less same like service provider side, but with difference that we select deployment type as “cx-connector” a shown in below screenshot.

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Once appliance is deployed and boots up, it will give you URL for the further configuration of appliance.

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Connect to https://CX-Appliance-FQDN/ui/mgmt and login with user administrator and password set during deployment of appliance.

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On the home page click on Setup Wizard button to start configuring the appliance.

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Register the appliance with the on-prem vCenter server lookup service.

Hit Next to continue.

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Accept the SSL certificate presented by vCenter appliance.

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Hit Next once On-Prem vCenter returns successful registration message.

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Next is to register the vCloud Extender plugin with vCenter server. Hit next once it is done.

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Deploy the replicator appliance by filling up relevant details as shown below. A new VM will be deployed in On-Prem via ovftool.

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On Activate Replicator page punch in password for root user and register the Replicator appliance with lookup service.

Also set the public endpoint url for the replicator appliance.

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Once replicator is activated, hit finish to complete the configuration wizard.

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Navigate around tabs to verify the appliance registration with vCenter server and lookup service etc.

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We have not done any configuration yet for Layer 2 Extension so this tab shows no info. We will cover this configuration part in later post of this series.

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Logout and login from the vCenter Web-Client to verify presence of vCloud Extender plugin.

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And that’s it for this post.

Below is a video presentation of step by step deployment of Tenant side.

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