Tutorial - Dell Sonic Enterprise and Dell servers in a spine-leaf configuration#
This tutorial walks you through the steps required to register and use a setup that uses the following physical configuration:
3 x Dell Enterprise SONiC 4.0.2
2 x Dell R250 servers
This tutorial also assumes you have completed the configuration part of MetalSoft. Follow the Deploying MetalSoft using OVAs for more details on how to configure deploy MetalSoft.
# management links ESXi server, port 01 <---> OOB switch, port 15 leaf01, port MGMT <---> OOB switch, port 01 leaf02, port MGMT <---> OOB switch, port02 spine01, port MGMT <---> OOB switch, port03 #spine-leaf links leaf01, port 11 <---> spine01, port 01 leaf02, port 11 <---> spine01, port 02 # server links leaf1 leaf01, port 01 <---> server01, port01 leaf01, port 02 <---> server01, port02 leaf01, port 03 <---> server02, port01 leaf01, port 04 <---> server02, port02 # server management ports server01, port iDRAC <---> OOB switch, port 11 server02, port iDRAC <---> OOB switch, port 12
Deploy Dell Enterprise Sonic 4.x on the switches
Configure a management IP reachable from the Agent OVA
RESTCONF is enabled on the switch
The BGP underlay configuration is done between the switches.
Note that MetalSoft can provision servers via ZTP but tht process is not covered in this tutorial.
To register the 3 switches, for each switch go to Switches > Add Switch
Switch roledropbox select
Leaffor leaf switches other for spine
Management protocoldropbox select
Management addresstextbox input the IP of the switch management port
Management usernametextbox input the username of the switch
Management passwordtextbox input the password of the switch
All other fields can stay the same.
At the end of the process the switches should all show as
Note that it is normal for them not to show any network connections as those will be populated as we add servers.
The servers have an IP on the iDRAC interface reachable from the agent VM.
To register the 2 servers go to Servers > Add Server
Select Vendor Dell
Select Type Server
IPMI Host -> input the ip of the server
IPMI username -> input the IPMI username
IPMI password -> input the IPMI password
Click Add Server
Note that the IPMI protocol should not necessarily be activated as this mechanism uses Redfish instead.
This process can take up to 30 min depending on the type of drives and NICs.
At the end of this process you should be able to use the servers in the infrastructure editor as usual.
For more information consult: Consult the following for more information: