Installation Overview

Basic Workload Manager Installation

The basic Workload Manager installation is initiated through the Suite Admin and provides all of the functionality needed to configure your environment and let users model, deploy, and manage applications. However, the basic installation is sufficient only in certain environments as summarized in the Architecture section. Specifically, the following prerequisites must be met for the basic installation to be sufficient:

  1. All VM-based cloud regions can access the Cisco-hosted bundle store and package store.

  2. The CloudCenter Suite cluster can initiate communication with the cloud API endpoints for all target cloud regions.

  3. The Workload Manager agent running on VMs in all of the VM-based target cloud regions can initiate communications with the CloudCenter Suite cluster.

  4. All VM-based cloud regions support dynamic bootstrapping: the ability to inject a bootstrap script to a VM dynamically upon launch of that VM.

  5. All target Kubernetes clouds have access to the public Docker registry at

If any of these conditions is not true, you will need to perform the supplemental installations as explained below.

Supplemental Installations

Since complete functionality with the basic installation has several requirements, plan for the supplemental installations based on the table below. 

Condition motivating supplemental installationSupplemental componentWhere deployed or installedHow ObtainedInstall Instructions

The Cisco-hosted package store or bundle store are not accessible from your VM-based target cloud region


You want to reduce latency associated with downloading artifacts from the package store or bundle store

For AWS, AzureRM, and OpenStack: Local Repo Appliance


For Google: A Linux VM with the bundle store and package store manually installed by you

Deployed as a VM in the target VM-based cloud region.

Local Repo Appliance: Obtain the appliance image as explained in Conditional Component Appliance Images

Bundle store and package store installers: Download the appropriate installer script contained in the file at

For the Local Repo Appliance: Local Repo Appliance (Conditional)

For installing the bundle store manually: Local Bundle Store (Conditional)

For installing the package store manually: Local Package Store (Conditional)

The CloudCenter Suite cluster cannot initiate communications with a cloud region API endpoint


Workload Manager agents in your VM-based cloud region cannot initiate communications with the CloudCenter Suite cluster

Cloud Remote

For VM-based cloud regions: Deployed as one or more VMs in the target cloud.

For Kubernetes clouds: Deployed as one or more VMs accessible from the target Kubernetes cloud.

Obtain the appliance image as explained in Conditional Component Appliance ImagesSee Cloud Remote (Conditional)

Your VM-based cloud region does not support dynamic bootstrapping


You want to deploy a VM based on your own custom logical image

For CentOS 6: CentOS 6 Worker Image

For all other base OSes: A physical image created by you using the Linux or Windows agent installer script

Imported to or shared with your VM-based cloud region

For CentOS 6: Obtain the worker image as explained in Conditional Component Appliance Images

For all other base OSes: Download the appropriate installer script contained in the file at

For creating your own worker image: see Management Agent (Worker)
Your target Kubernetes cloud cannot initiate connections to the internetLocal Docker Registry containing the public Docker images used by your container-based application tiersInstalled on a VM accessible from the target Kubernetes cluster.

The registry is part of Docker.

The Docker images are available from Docker Hub

Module Update Considerations

When updating the Workload Manager module, be aware that the update occurs over the course of several minutes. During that time, there may be a loss of connectivity between the CloudCenter Suite and individual cloud regions even after the Suite Admin UI indicates that the update has completed. Therefore users are encouraged to keep this potential loss of connectivity in mind before applying Workload Manager updates. 

The design of Workload Manager is tightly coupled with the design of Cost Optimizer and Action Orchestrator, therefore it is recommended that you maintain all three modules at the same minor release level.

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