The Cloud Foundation Builder VM is a VM which includes the VMware Imaging Appliance for installing ESXi on your servers.
After you image the servers, use the Cloud Builder VM to deploy and configure the management domain and transfer inventory and control to SDDC Manager.
During the deployment process, the Cloud Foundation Builder VM validates network information you provide in the deployment parameter spreadsheet such as DNS, network (VLANS, IPs, MTUs), and credentials.
You must deploy the Cloud Builder VM on a suitable platform. This can be on a laptop under VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion, or on an ESXi host. The Cloud Builder
VM must have network access to all hosts on the management network.
Deploy Cloud Builder on your Vsphere Environment
log in to the vSphere Host Client, In the navigator, select Host.
On the Select creation type dialog box, select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file and click Next.
Provide the VM name and Folder Location.
Provided the Location of Host when the cloud builder will be deployed.
Review the Summary Details and press Next.
with the License agreements dialog box, click I agree and then click Next.
Select Storage page, select the storage for the Cloud Builder VM.
Select networks dialog box, select the port group associated with the VLAN ID used by the ESXi hosts where Cloud Foundation will be deployed and then click Next.
On the Additional settings dialog box, expand Application and enter the following information for the Cloud Builder VM
Review the deployment details and click Finish
Power the Cloud Builder VM.
After 5-10 min start you will get the login screen of the cloud builder with the IP address you have deployed.
With the Cloud Builder VM is deployed, SSH in to the VM with the admin credentials provided. Ensure that you can ping the ESXi hosts.
Verify that the Cloud Builder VM has access to the required external services, such as DNS and NTP by performing forward and reverse DNS lookups for each host and the specified NTP servers.
try to login to the Cloud builder https://192.168.1.200
and there you go , you can start loading your VCF Configuration and start the Deployment.
Cloud Builder VM Log Files
The Cloud Builder VM contains various log files for different components of the system. The following table describes the important log files that can be used for troubleshooting.