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Step-by-step VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager Deployment Part 1

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Overview


The VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane (TCA-CP) and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager components work together to provide VMware Telco Cloud Automation services.


VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager provides orchestration and management services for Telco clouds. Through VMware Telco Cloud Automation, you connect the virtual infrastructure in the Telco edge, aggregation, and core sites using VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane.


VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane (TCA-CP) provides the infrastructure abstraction for placing workloads across clouds using Telco Cloud Automation. VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane supports the following virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) types: vCenter Server, vCloud Director, VMware Integrated Open Stack, and Kubernetes.


VMware Telco Cloud Automation consists of two components

  • VMware Telco Cloud Manager™ - Provides Telco's with NFV-MANO capabilities and enables the automation of deployment and configuration of Network Functions and Network Services.

  • VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane (TCA-CP) - Provides the infrastructure for placing workloads across clouds using VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

In this post We will first talk about Pre-requites and how to deploy the VMware Telco Cloud Manager on a Nested Cluster.


System Requirements


Before installing or deploying VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager and TCA-CP, consider the minimum required resources for each component appliance and the deployment scaling requirements.


Resource Requirements



Note: If you are creating a lab on fusion or workstation and having problems with resource, u can reduce the vCPU and Memory for the TCA to power on the VMs. This is only for Lab purpose; on production environment we should follow the VMware recommended requirements as per the guide of that particular version.


Software Version Support and Interoperability:

This interoperability information defines the qualified components and software versions you can use with VMware Telco Cloud Automation



Installing the System


This section describes how to install and activate VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager and TCA-CP components, in a vApp.

  • Sample Connectivity Diagram Of vAPP.

  • Create a vAPP from a given template.

  • Create DNS Records on vAPP.

  • Download the VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA File.

  • Deploying your VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA File on vSphere Client.


Sample Connectivity Diagram Of vAPP


This Section Describes you the Diagram of how my vAPP cluster is connected in my VCD.



Create a vAPP from a given template


This Section describes you to how deploy a vAPP using a existing Template from VCD Libraries

  • Login to the VCD Environment

  • Go to Libraries and choose your desired vAPP template, select it via radio button and click CREATE VAPP.

Create DNS Records on vAPP


This Section describes you how to create a DNS Record on your vAPP VM

  • Open a browser Enter the IP Address of your DNS machine in my case it with Port 8080 like below 10.105.27.20

  • It will prompt for Credentials login with Admin as user and Password : VMware1!

  • We are going to Add two DNS Records here for TCA Manager and TCA-CP.



  • Make sure those IP are not used any where else by doing ping in the listed records to avoid duplicate IP issues.

  • Once you enter the DNS records click on save and restart the services.


Download the VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA File


To deploy the component software in the vCenter Server, download the VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA file


The VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA is a single file with two components for deployment – VMware Telco Cloud Automation Control Plane (TCA-CP) and VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager. Deploy the TCA-CP component on each managed infrastructure and deploy VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager once. The VMware Telco Cloud Automation Manager acts as a central control manager.


To download the OVA file, perform the following steps:


Procedure


1 Navigate to https://downloads.vmware.com.

2 Scroll down to VMware Telco Cloud Automation under Infrastructure & Operations Management.

3 Click Download Product against VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

4 In the Download VMware Telco Cloud Automation page, click Go to Downloads against VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

5 Against VMware Telco Cloud Automation, click Download Now.


Deploying your VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA File on vSphere Client


To Deploy the VMware Telco Cloud Automation OVA file, perform a standard OVF template deployment through the vSphere Client


Prerequisites


Ensure that you have Telco Cloud Automation OVA URL copied from above step.


Procedure

  1. Right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select Deploy OVF Template

  2. Select Local File and Click Next

3. Enter the Name of the VM and click Next

4. Select the ESXI Host and Click Next

5. Click Next

6. Check the License Box and Click Next


7. Select the Storage and Click Next

8. Select the Network as management-pg and click Next


9. Enter the Password as VMware1! And scroll down


10. Enter the hostname as given in the DNS record i.e. lab-tcamanager , IP Address : 192.168.xx.xx , Range : 16 , Gateway : 192.168.0.xx and scroll down

11. Leave the Static Route Section Empty, we are not using this in our Lab.


12. Under DNS enter the IP : 192.168.0.xx and domain : corp.local

13.Under NTP Enter IP : 192.168.0.x

14. Under Configuration Appliance Role select -> Manager ->enable SSH and Click Next

15. Review the Details and Click Finish

What to do next


Power on the VM and Allow up to 5 minutes for initialization, then browse to the appliance management interface for the initial activation using https:// 192.168.xx.xx:9443


Next Steps for Activating the TCA Manager will be coming in Part 2

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mohammed irfanuddin
mohammed irfanuddin
Apr 19, 2022

Very good presentation and very well explained. 😍

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