After you create a private cloud, you can view detailed information about it, manage its resources and activity, and access its VMware management appliances. Google provides the flexibility to expand or shrink a private cloud. For example, you can create a private cloud based on current needs and then expand the private cloud by adding nodes as consumption grows.
To manage a private cloud, start by accessing its resource summary page:
- Access the Google Cloud VMware Engine portal
- From the main navigation, go to Resources.
- Select the private cloud you want to manage from the list of private clouds.
Viewing a private cloud summary
The summary provides information about your private cloud including its name, number of vSphere clusters, number of nodes, location, operational state, and more. The summary page also includes the DNS servers deployed on the private cloud.
From the private cloud summary page, you can perform the following actions:
- Launch vSphere client. Access the vCenter for this private cloud.
- Add nodes. Add nodes to this private cloud.
- Remove nodes. Remove nodes from this private cloud.
- Delete the private cloud. Delete a private cloud, including all of the VMs, vCenter configuration, and data. Before deleting, back up all systems and data.
- Change vSphere privileges. Elevate your privileges to perform a particular task on this private cloud.
- Copy IP addresses of DNS servers. Get a list of DNS servers on your private cloud. You can set up DNS forwarding from on-premises DNS servers to your private cloud DNS servers. For more information about DNS forwarding, see Configuring DNS for name resolution for private cloud vCenter access from on-premises workstations.
Adding nodes to a private cloud
A private cloud consists of one or more vSphere clusters, each with 3 to 16 nodes. When adding nodes to a private cloud, you add nodes to the existing cluster or create a new cluster. A private cloud can be expanded multiple times, provided that you stay within the overall node limits. Each time you expand a private cloud, you add to the existing cluster or create a new one.
As part of the new cluster configuration, Google configures the VMware infrastructure. The settings include storage settings for vSAN disk groups, VMware High Availability, and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).
To add nodes to a private cloud, do the following:
- On the private cloud summary page, click Add Nodes.
- Choose whether to add nodes to one of your existing clusters or create a new
vSphere cluster. As you make changes, the summary information on the page
- To add nodes to one of your existing clusters, select Add nodes to existing. Select the cluster you want to expand and enter the number of nodes to add. Each cluster can have a maximum of 16 nodes.
- To add a new cluster, select Create new. Enter a name for the cluster. Select an existing vSphere data center or enter a name to create a new data center. Select the number of nodes. Each new cluster must have at least three nodes.
- Click Submit.
Removing nodes from a private cloud
A private cloud consists of one or more vSphere clusters, each with 3 to 16 nodes. When removing nodes from a private cloud, you remove nodes from the existing cluster or delete the entire cluster.
To remove nodes from a private cloud, do the following:
- On the private cloud summary page, click Remove nodes.
- Select the cluster that you want to shrink or delete.
- Select Remove one node or Delete the whole cluster.
- Verify the cluster capacity.
- Click Submit to begin the process of removing nodes.
To monitor the progress, select Activity > Tasks. This process requires resynchronization in vSAN and can take a few hours, depending on the data.
The process of removing nodes from your private cloud has the following restrictions:
- The vSphere client must have at least three nodes. You can't remove nodes from a cluster when it only has three nodes.
- The total storage consumed can't exceed the total capacity after removing nodes from a cluster.
- You can't delete the first cluster that was created when the private cloud was created.
To view the list of defined management subnets for your private cloud, select the Subnets tab. The list includes the HCX subnets created when the private cloud was created. The list of subnets also includes the attached firewall table for each subnet.
Viewing activity information
To view the activity information for your private cloud, select the Activity tab. The displayed information is a filtered list of all activities for your private cloud. This page shows up to 25 recent activities. For a full list of activities and associated actions, see Monitoring VMware Engine activity.
Viewing vSphere management network
To view the list of VMware management resources and virtual machines that are currently configured on your private cloud, select the vSphere Management Network tab. Information includes the software version, fully qualified domain name (FQDN), and IP address of the resources.