Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to create a Cluster object

We’ve shown you how to create a vSphere Datacenter object, next we are going to create a cluster object. Again, this is fairly straight forward:

  • Click on “Create a Cluster” in your “Getting Started” tab.
  • Provide a name for your cluster and tick “Turn On” for both “DRS” and “vSphere HA”.
  • Click “OK”.

We will not tweak any settings around HA and DRS, the defaults should work for most, although I would prefer to use the “Percentage Based” admission control policy. For more details I would like to recommend reading the vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive.Now that your cluster has been created we can add our hosts to the cluster and really start configuring them.

  • Right click your cluster object and select “Add a host”.
  • Enter the fully qualified domain name or the IP address, we recommend using the domain name, and click “Next”.
  • Enter the username and password that you configured for the host and click “Next”.
  • Accept the “Security Alert” by clicking “Yes”.
  • Click “Next” on the “Host summary” section.
  • Assign licenses if available and click “Next”.
  • Leave “Enable lockdown mode” un-ticked and click “Next”.
  • Click “Next” on the “Resource pool” section.
  • Click “Finish”

Repeat this procedure for the remaining hosts. Simple right!

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    1. tom says

      Please make a menu item or something similar called ‘Back 2 Basics’ and group all these nice blogs under it?? Very nice of you to make them!! :)
      Thank you, Tom