Environment Preparation

To manage a vCenter via ZStack, you need to prepare a ZStack Private Cloud environment and a vCenter environment in advance.

Prepare a ZStack Private Cloud Environment

You can either deploy a ZStack management node via an independent physical server, or deploy a ZStack management node via a VM instance of a vCenter cluster.

  1. Prepare software.
    • ZStack Custom ISO
      • File name: ZStack-x86_64-DVD-3.10.0-c76.iso or ZStack-x86_64-DVD-3.10.0-c74.iso
      • Download address: Click here.
    • ZStack Installation Package
      • File name: ZStack-installer-3.10.0.bin
      • Download address: Click here.
    Note: After you download the installation package, confirm the integrity of the file by using the MD5 checksum tool.
  2. Prepare hardware.
    Prepare a physical server, or a VM instance of a vCenter cluster. The configuration requirements are listed as follows.
    Physical Server/vCenter VM Parameter
    ZStack management node
    • 64-bit CPU with a minimum of 4 cores
    • A minimum of 8 GB memory
    • A minimum of one hard disk with a minimum of 500 GB capacity
    • A minimum of one Gigabit NIC
    Network Allocates network addresses and accesses vCenter servers smoothly
  3. Install ZStack.

    Within the physical server or vCenter VM instance, use ZStack Custom ISO to install the operating system, and select ZStack Enterprise Management Node. After you complete installing and rebooting the operating system successfully, ZStack will be automatically installed. For more information, see the Installation and Deployment topic in the User Guide.

    Note: For a vCenter VM instance, select the CentOS 5/6/7 (64-bit) operating system.
  4. Log in to ZStack.
    We recommend that you use Chrome or Firefox to log in to the ZStack management page via http://your_machine_ip:5000. The default user name is admin, and the default password is password.
    Figure 1. Login Page


    If you use a vCenter VM instance to install a ZStack management node, we recommend that you create a snapshot (excluding memories) at this time, and name this snapshot Initialization.

Prepare a vCenter Environment

To ensure that ZStack takes over virtualization resources of a vCenter, make sure that this vCenter meets the following requirements:
  • The vCenter has a resource structure of Data Center, Cluster, and Host.
  • The vCenter can display added local storages and shared storages such as vSAN, FC, iSCSI, and NFS storages.
    Note: Currently, Datastore Cluster is not supported.
  • The port group information is configured for a distributed switch (dvSwitch) or standard switch (vSwitch) of the vCenter.
    • dvSwitch scenario:

      Only resources of the hosts added to a dvSwitch can be imported to ZStack. If you do not add a host to a dvSwitch, the associated resources cannot be imported to ZStack.

    • vSwitch scenario:
      Only resources of the hosts in the same cluster, added to at least one same vSwitch, and have at least one same port group attribute (including the same network labels and the same VLAN ID) can be imported to ZStack.
      Note: ZStack can only take over VM networks rather than VMkernels or management networks.
  • The existing template VM in a vCenter must be converted to the Template type, as shown in Cluster and Host in vCenter, Distributed Switch in vCenter and Template in vCenter.
Figure 2. Cluster and Host in vCenter

Figure 3. Distributed Switch in vCenter

Figure 4. Template in vCenter


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