VRA – Network Profile and Reservations

So before we go ahead with the resource reservations, I want to just quickly go through the Network profiles. This is for managing IPs for example if you do not have something InfoBlox or other IPAM scheme. Then VRA can handle theis through the Network Profile.

To go to the Network profile you log onto the sub tenant. Then go to Infrastructure –> Reservations –> Network Profiles.

01-NP-list

Click on the plus to create a new Network Profile.

02-NP-types

Here you have 4 types, you should select the first one, external. This is used with the vSphere switches. NAT Routed and Private are if you have NSX installed, which is on my list but there is only so many hours in the day :). “Private” is in NSX-V only.

Anyway select external and lets get started.

Enter a descriptive name and select IPAM endpoint. In our case we leave it as default as we will use VRA for this.

03-np-general

For subnet mask, I use a /25 so select hat and then enter the gateway.

Click on DNS and enter the DNS info. Hopefully you do not have WINS but it can be entered.

04-NP-DNS

Go to Network Ranges. Enter a name, description and start and end IP.

05-IP-Range

On the IP addresses Tab you can see what IPs are in use and you can reclaim/delete them We do not see something since nothing is deployed.

06-IP-Management

Click OK to finish and create the Network Profile. Note that you can also import the list via CSV if you have many VLANs.

07-NP-List-with-info


 

So we need to add some infrastructure to vRA in order to utilize the environment for deployment. If you log on to your subtenant with the vraadmin account you should be able to go to Infrastructure –> reservations.

This should be an empty list for now, but lets change that. Click the New button with the green plus.

1_reservation_list

Select the vSphere (vCenter) from the list as we are creating a reservation in the site 1 management cluster.

1a_Create_reservation_vcenter

Select the subtenant, site1mgmt in my case.

Add the Business group we created earlier.

Since there is no reservation policy so far, then we skip this step.

For Priority, the lower the higher. Id’ suggest going with a higher number here in case you want to make a priority resource later. Then click OK.

2_select_tenant

You get taken to the resources screen.

Here you can select the resource and assign how much memory you can use and also add storage in GB. The Machine quota is how many machines you can power on. For now leave that unlimited.

3_resources

We put that the mx usage is 32 GB ram and that we can use from the shared storage, and here we have a priority of 10 and we have assigned 256 GB of disk space.

For the vSAN partition, it is set to 15, so lower priority than the shared storage and we can use 128 GB.

The resource pool is only if you use Resource pools, for me I don’t have any currently. Click OK.

On the Networks tab you select the network to use. For my Site1 mgmt I currently only have one 1 network, so I selected that and I added the Network Profile we create above here on the right.

4-Networks

Now you can click ok and the Reservation will be created, however there are two more tabs to just briefly cover:

The Properties tab is for custom properties. I will add more on this at a later time.

5-Custom-Properties

The Alerts tab is for when creating alerts about usage. Maybe you want to send capacity alerts as consumption grows. This can be done for Storage, Memory or CPU and is calculated in percentages. So you set the limits and then add a recipient below and a reminder if desired.

6-Reservation-alerts

That is about it for this time.

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