Discover & Add DellEMC VxRail Host into Existing 4.7 Cluster via Plug-in in vCenter

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If you have worked with VxRail as long as I have then you know it is inevitable to relocate a host from one cluster to another to support other projects.  Also, it is likely you’ve had a couple hosts laying around in the datacenter awaiting install.  I thought I would put together this quick how to configure the VxRail host to be discovered via VxRail Manager and add the host via vCenter.

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In case you need to also know how to remove a host from a cluster please see my other blog article:

The How To Process

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Click OK

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Launch Virtual Console

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IPv4 Address : 
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IPv6 Addresses : 
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To view or nod ifu this host's nanagenent network sett ings in 
detail, press 
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First go to Configure Mangement Network

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vnnic2 (NIC3) 
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connect ion to and fron this host . When two or more adapters 
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traff ic will be load-balanced. 
<Enter> Change 
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IPv4 Configuration

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( ) Set stat ic IPv4 address and network conf igurat ion: 
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network segment, VLAN conf igurat ion and part it ioning is 
often more flex ible, better isolated, and less expensive 
than flat networks based on tradit ional phys ical topology . 
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to leave this opt ion unset . 
<Enter> Change 
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Now select VLAN (optional)

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LAN ID (1-4034, or 4095 to access all VLANs): 
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<Esc> Cancel

Enter the VLAN for your ESXi Management Network

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<Up/Doun> Select 
IPv4 Conf igurat ion 
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IPv4 Address: Not set 
Subnet Mask: Not set 
Default Gateway: Not set 
This host can obtain an IPv4 address and other networking 
parameters autonat icallg if gour network includes a DHCP 
server. If not, ask gour network adm inistrator for the 
appropriate sett ings . 
<Enter> Change 
<Esc> Exit

Click <Esc> to Exit

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You have made changes to the host 's management network . 
Apply ing these changes nag result in a brief network outage , 
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machines. In case IPv6 has been enabled or disabled this will 
restart your host . 
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Click <Y> Yes

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Hostname : 
node-15613 
IPv4 Address : 
163.254.153.70 
IPv6 Addresses : 
fe80 : :250 :56ff :fe65 :243e/64 
To view or nod ifu this host's nanagenent network sett ings in 
detail, press (Enter). 
<Enter> More 
<Esc> Log Out

You should see now the host has a IPv4 IP randomly generated

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View Susten Logs 
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Reset Susten Conf igurat ion 
Troubleshoot ing Opt ions 
To view various troubleshoot ing node opt ions I ike Enable 
ESXi Shell, Enable SSH and Restart Agents . 
<Enter> More 
<Esc> Log Out

Scroll down to Troubleshooting Options and enter

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<Up/Doun> Select 
ESXi Shell 
ESXi Shell is Disabled 
Change current state of the ESXi Shel I 
<Enter> Change 
<Esc> Exit

Enable ESXi Shell and Enable SSH then Esx to exit

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Return to the main screen and Alt-F1 to open a virtual console window to the host

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Enter the date command to get the current date & time of the host and compare it against the VxRail Manager date & time to confirm they are close in time.

****If not then please see my blog on changing the time on a ESXI host

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Double check the Management VLAN that your other VxRail Hosts are located on.

#esxcli network vswitch standard portgroup list
#esxcli network vswitch standard portgroup set -p “Management Network” -v <Your_VLAN_ID>
#esxcli network vswitch standard portgroup set -p “VM Network” -v <Your_VLAN_ID>
#/etc/init.d/loudmouth restart

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Alarm Definitions 
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Disk Management 
Fault Domains 
VxRail 
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Certificate 
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VMS 
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Add VxRail Hosts 
The following VxRaiI hosts have been discovered within your environment. 
Cluster and new hosts must have compatible software and firmware versions 
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Cluster Name: PROD 
Cluster Size: 3 hosts 
Service Tag 
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Appliance ID 
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Model 
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Finally, log into vCenter and go to Host & Clusters > Cluster > Configure > VxRail > Add VxRail Hosts > ADD HOST
**be patient – can take up to 5 minutes for VxRail Manager to discover the new host

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Click Add host

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Discovered Hosts 
Select the VxRail host(s) to add to the cluster 
In an external vCenter, it needs to flush the DNS cache prior to reusing a hostname ot the removed host. 
Refer to KB52S600 for more details. 
Hosts 
Cluster Name: PROD 
Service Tag 
4WD4 2 
4WD3FW2 
4WDZDW2 
Cluster Size :3 hosts 
Appliance ID 
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0800192005547 
DE300192005541 
Model 
VxRail P570F 
VxRail P570F 
VxRail P570F 
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Select the host you want to add.  

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VxRail Hosts 
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2 User Credentials 
3 Host IP Address 
4 ESXi Credentials 
5 Maintenance Mode 
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User Credentials 
To add the hosts, enter the vSphere username and password. 
username: 
Password: * 
field is required 
CANCEL 
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Now enter your username/password

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2 User Credentials 
3 Host IP Address 
4 ESXi Credentials 
5 Maintenance Mode 
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Host IP Address 
Assign IP Addresses to the hosts 
Verify new IP Addresses have been added to the DNS lookup records. 
ESXi Management IP Pools 
3 used / 3 Total 
Starting IP Address 
vSphere vMotion IP Pools 
3 used / 3 Total 
Starting IP Address 
Ending IP Address 
Ending IP Address 
Count 
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Action 
VLAN ID: 55 
subnet Mask: 255.255_255.0 
VLAN ID! 53 
subnet Mask: 255.255_255.0 
Action 
CANCEL 
BACK

Next you will need to put the next IP in your original reserved pool for ESXi Management, vMotion, and vSAN.

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VxRail Hosts 
ESXi Credentials 
1 Discovered Hosts 
Enter the ESXi root and management credentials. 
2 User Credentials 
Verify new IP Addresses have been added to the DNS lookup records. 
3 Host IP Address 
Root Account 
4 ESXi Credentials 
5 Maintenance Mode 
username 
6 Validate 
Password: * 
Password: * 
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CANCEL 
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Next comes entering your different credentials for your environment.

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VxRail Hosts 
1 Discovered Hosts 
2 User Credentials 
3 Host IP Address 
4 ESXi Credentials 
5 Maintenance Mode 
6 Validate 
Maintenance Mode 
Select whether hosts are to be in maintenance mode. 
Once done servicing hosts, make sure to exit maintenance mode. 
Put Hosts in Maintenance Mode? 
CANCEL 
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NEXT

You can choose whether or not to put host in maintenance mode

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VxRail Hosts 
1 Discovered Hosts 
2 User Credentials 
3 Host IP Address 
4 ESXi Credentials 
5 Maintenance Mode 
6 Validate 
Validate 
If the information is correct, click Validate to verify the configuration and network. 
VxRail Cluster 
Put Hosts in Maintenance Mode: Yes 
Appliance ID 
0&300192005541 
Model 
VxRail 
PS70F 
Hostname 
dalprdvxr104_freemancocom 
1 hosts to be added. Displaying items 1 - 1 
ESXi IP 
Address 
10.17_55.164 
CANCEL 
vSphere 
vMotion IP 
BACK 
vSAN IP 
10.1757164 
VALIDATE

The good old summary and validate page.

Summary:
As you can see there are a lot of working parts here but it is well worth it.  I hope I made this easy to follow.  As always, I hope y’all found this helpful.

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