The document assumes that three nodes of the chassis Dell Poweredge C6420 are connected to an independent switch without external connectivity.
- It is necessary to connect four NICs to each node (SFP+)
- One Gigabit Ethernet NIC for out-of-band connection (iDrac), for each node.
- Each node must have a microSD Card for the operating system, some SSD and NVMe disks for the virtual machines.
For the network SFP+ and iDrac configuration, please follow this graph:
ATTENTION! You will need to connect four NICs to each node (SFP+) with interfaces UP before start the VMware vSAN Cluster Configuration and SWS deployment.
Users to access to iDrac:
- Create a customer profile user with administrator rights.
- Customer profile password: last eight server’s serial number digits.
- Create a partner profile user with administrator rights.
- Partner profile password: last eight server’s serial number digits.
- User: root, password: FlexxConsole25!
This appliance counts with four (4) SSD and one (1) SD Card for each node with:
- 1 NVMe SSD for vSan cache.
- 3 SSD for vSan capacity.
- 1 SD Card for OS system.
- BIOS Version 2.1.6.
- iDrac: iDrac 9 Firmware Version 18.104.22.168
- Dell HBA330 Mini Firmware Version 16.17.00.03
- Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710 Firmware 18.8.9
- Lifecycle Controller Firmware Version 22.214.171.124
The BIOS must have these settings configured:
- Set correct date & time
- SATA controller mode: EFI.
- Configure UEFI boot mode.
- Hyperthreading enabled.
- Set Fan to full speed.
- LOM NIC Disable for OS
- iDrac IP addresses:
- Node A: 192.168.50.54 / mask: 255.255.255.0 / Gateway: 192.168.50.1
- Node B: 192.168.50.55 / mask: 255.255.255.0 / Gateway: 192.168.50.1
- Node B: 192.168.50.56 / mask: 255.255.255.0 / Gateway: 192.168.50.1
Follow the next steps for the configuration:
- Press F2.
- Click on System Setup\Advanced Hardware Configuration\System BIOS
- Access to Boot Settings and confirm that UEFI is the Boot Mode.
- In Boot Settings, click to UEFI Boot Settings and make sure that Internal SD is enabled and at the first place.
- Access to Integrated Devices and set Embedded NIC1 as Disabled (OS).
- Access to System Profile Settings and set System Profile as Performance.
- Disable Secure Boot in System BIOS Settings\System Security
- System BIOS Settings\Sata Settings