Module 2 Task 9

Task 9: Create network profiles

HCX Network Profiles

A Network Profile is an abstraction of a Distributed Port Group, Standard Port Group, or NSX Logical Switch, and the Layer 3 properties of that network. A Network Profile is a sub-component of a complete Compute Profile.

Customer’s environments may vary and may not have separate networks.

In this Task you will create a Network Profile for each network intended to be used with HCX services. More information can be found in VMware’s Official Documentation, Creating a Network Profile.

  • Management Network - The HCX Interconnect Appliance uses this network to communicate with management systems like the HCX Manager, vCenter Server, ESXi Management, NSX Manager, DNS, NTP.
  • vMotion Network - The HCX Interconnect Appliance uses this network for the traffic exclusive to vMotion protocol operations.
  • vSphere Replication Network - The HCX Interconnect Appliance uses this network for the traffic exclusive to vSphere Replication.
  • Uplink Network - The HCX Interconnect appliance uses this network for WAN communications, like TX/RX of transport packets.

These networks have been defined for you, please see below section.

In a real customer environment, these will have been planned and identified previously, see here for the planning phase.

Exercise 1: Create Network Profiles

Step 1: Create 4 Network Profiles

  1. Click Interconnect.
  2. Click Network Profiles.
  3. Click CREATE NETWORK PROFILE. Create a network profile, use IP addresses allocated during the planning phase. In this lab, these are in the Getting Started section. We will create 4 separate network profiles:
    • Management
    • vMotion
    • Replication
    • Uplink

Step 2: Enter information for each Network Profile

  1. Select Distributed Port Groups.
  2. Select Management Network.
  3. Enter the Management Network IP range from the table below. Remeber to replace X with your group number and Y with your participant number. Repeat the same steps for Replication, vMotion and Uplink Network profiles.
  4. Ensure the select the appropriate checkboxes depending on type of Network Profile you’re creating.

You should create a total of 4 Network Profiles.

Network Profile Information

Management Network Profile

PropertyValue
Management Network IP10.X.Y.10-10.X.Y.16
Prefix Length27
Management Network Gateway10.X.Y.1
PropertyValue
Uplink Network IP10.X.Y.34-10.X.Y.40
Prefix Length28
Uplink Network Gateway10.X.Y.33
DNS1.1.1.1

vMotion Network Profile

PropertyValue
vMotion Network IP10.X.Y.74-10.X.Y.77
Prefix Length27
vMotion Network Gateway10.X.Y.65
DNS1.1.1.1

Replication Network Profile

PropertyValue
Replication IP10.X.Y.106-10.X.Y.109
Prefix Length27
Replication Network Gateway10.X.Y.97
DNS1.1.1.1

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