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vCenter Integration for Contrail Release 5.0.1

Starting in Contrail Release 5.0.1, the only supported mode of vCenter integration with Contrail is the vCenter-as-orchestrator mode. From Release 5.0.1, Contrail no longer supports the vCenter-as-compute mode, where the orchestrator is Openstack, and the vCenter cluster acts as a nova-compute node to the Openstack controller.

These topics provide instructions for integrating Contrail Release 5.0.1 and microservices with VMware vCenter.

Set Up the Controller Server

The controller server or host server is installed with CentOS 7.5.

Before starting the integration, prepare your system by performing the following steps:

Download the Ansible Deployer with Contrail Playbooks

  1. Download the Contrail Ansible Deployer (contrail-ansible-deployer-5.0.1-0.214.tgz) onto your provisioning host. You can download the deployer from
  2. Untar the tgz.
  3. Prepare a vcenter_vars.yml file populated with vCenter server and ESXI hosts parameters. You can download the CentOS 7.5 and ESXi VM Host from
  4. Run the Contrail vCenter playbook.

Configure Contrail Parameters and Install Contrail

  1. Populate the config/instances.yaml file with Contrail roles.
  2. Install Contrail by running the Contrail playbooks.