Cloud Lab-34: vCloud Director Foundation- ”Configuring Network Pools and External Networks”

 In previous post, i have configured baseline for vCloud Director External network and network pools on my vSphere Resource Group (RG) Cluster. today, i am moving forward and use these settings to configure the vCloud Networks.

LAB-34 TASKS

In this Lab we perform following tasks

  1. Configuration layout/logical design for vCloud Director External Networks.
  2. Configuring vCloud External Networks
  3. Configuration layout/logical design for vCloud Director Network Pools.
  4. Configuring vCloud Network Pools

1-Configuration layout/logical design for vCloud Director External Networks.

To configure vCloud External network. you should follow the below table logical design guidelines to create an External networks for each vCloud Organization which we will create later.

if you don’t know,What is the purpose of external networks in vCloud Director. you should read my post “Cloud Resources and Logical Design”.

External Net Name VSphere Network IP Pool Description Gateway/DNS
External-Public ProductionExt2 10.0.150.201 – 225/24 External Network for SkyNet corporation 10.0.150.1
External-Public2 ProductionExt3 10.0.150.226 – 250/24 External Network for HITECH Corporation 10.0.150.1

NOTE: You should have different VLAN id for each port group.

2-Configuring vCloud External Networks

Let start to create first External Network for our “SkyNet Organization”  as per our logical design.On Quick Start Section of “vCloud Director home screen”. Click on option 3 “Create an External Network”

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Select your vSphere port group “ProductionExt2”, according to above table guidewhich map against your external network-> Click “Next”

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Click “Add”

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Enter “IP range” which will be used for “external network” -> Click “OK”

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Verify the added information -> Click “Next”

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Enter the External Network Name “External-Public”  as mentioned in the table guidelines-> Click “Next”

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On ready to complete page,see the configuration summary -> Click “Finish”

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Repeat the same process to create the second external network “External-Public2” for our Second vCloud Organization “HITECH”

You can see your list of external networks from “Manage & Monitor” -> Cloud Resources -> “External Networks”

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Now verify third option turn into “green arrow” check sign. Its mean it has configured.

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3-Configuration layout/logical design for vCloud Director Network Pools.

There are three types of Network pools available in vCloud Director networking. each has its own use case.lets create all of three vCloud Network pools. 

if you don’t know,What is the purpose of Network pool in vCloud Director. you should read my post “Cloud Resources and Logical Design”.

you should follow the below table logical design guidelines to create Netwrok Pools for vCloud Organizations which we will create later.

Pool Name Pool Type VSphere Switch VLAN Description
Org-Network-Pool1 VLAN-Backed dvs-VLAN-Pool 10-80  Network Pool for Private vApp Networks and for External Organization networks
Org-Network-Pool2-VCD-NI Network Isolation-Backed dvs-VCD-NI-Pool 90 Network Pool for Private vApp Networks and for External Organization networks Build on VCD-NI Networks
Org-Network-Pool3-PortGroup VSphere Portgroup-Backed Std-PortGroup-Pool   Network Pool for Private vApp Networks and for External Organization networks Build on Standard Switch Portgroup  Networks

4-Configuring vCloud Network Pools

Lets start creating our Network Pools according to our Logical design,On Quick Start Section of “vCloud Director home screen”. Click on option 4th “Create Network Pools”

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Our first pool in the guideline is “VLAN Backed” Pool . You select “VLAN-Backed” option from below screen. Click “Next”

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Enter your “VLAN range” which will be used by vCloud director for VLAN Pool. Select Port group which we created for this purpose. Click “Next”.

NOTE: VLAN Range should be configured on physical switches as well.

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Enter the Network Pool Name “Org-Network-Pool1-VLANBacked” according to table guidelines. Click “Next”

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Review the setting summary. Click “Finish”

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Now first network pool has created, lets create our second network pool according to the table guideline, On Quick Start Section of “vCloud Director home screen”. Click on option 4th “Create Network Pools”

This time select “Network Isolation-Backed” Pool option-> Click “Next”

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Enter number of “VCD Network” which may provision. Select “distributed switch” we have created earlier for this network pool as defined in table guideline. Also enter VLAN ID associated to VCD network pool -> click ”Next”.

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Enter network pool name “Org-Network-Pool2-VCD-NI” -> Click “Next”

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Review the settings summary. Click “Finish”

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Now repeat the same steps to create the “third and last pool” of vCloud director as describe in table guidelines.On Quick Start Section of “vCloud Director home screen”. Click on option 4th “Create Network Pools”

But this time select third option “VSphere port group-backed”-> Click “Next”

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Select VCenter -> Click “Next”

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Add the Port group which we have created earlier for this purpose. Click “Next”

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Enter Network Pool Name “Org-Network-Pool3-PortGroup” -> Click “Next”

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Review the configuration settings summary -> Click “Finish”

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Now all of our vCloud network pool has been created. You may verify you pools from “Manage & Monitor”-> Cloud Resources -> Network Pools”.

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NOTE: Ignore the last three VXLAN pool. Because these are not in scope of this lab

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