NSX-T Installation: Step 1 – Deploy NSX-T Manager

This blog series is going to be a step-by-step guide with every needed screenshot to get you started with NSX-T version 3.0 installation and configuration.

Here are the Steps included in this series to set-up your NSX-T environment:

We will start with deploying the first NSX-T Manager node which forms management & control plane setup keeping in mind that VMware always recommend deploying three NSX-T Managers for high availablity and a Virtual IP that will point to these NSX-T Managers.

Points to be considered before starting:

  • Refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices here to validate that your existing VMware setup versions are supported with the NSX-T version you are panning to deploy.
  • I would also highly recommend reading VMware’s official documentation to have a good understanding about NSX-T and it’s architecture.
  • You will need to install the NSX-T Manager OVA from VMware official Website here
  • You also have to create four “Host A” records in your DNS server for the three NSX-T Manager nodes we will be deploying and one for the virtual IP as below:

Note: Due to lack of resources in my Lab, I have deployed only two NSX Managers as below:

Let’s jump into it!

1. Log on to your vCenter Server -> Click “VMs and Templates” -> Right Click the folder where you would like to deploy the NSX-T Manager -> Click “Deploy OVF Template”

2. Choose the NSX-T Manager’s ova file from your local device, and click “Next”:

3. Specify the desired name of the NSX Manager virtual machine, click “Next”

4. Select the cluster/host, check compatibility has succeeded and then click “Next”:

5. Click “Next”:

6. Select the desired size of the deployed appliance as appropriate and click Next:
Note: “It is recommended to use medium and large size for production setups.”

7. Select the datastore and appropriate disk format. Click Next:

8. Select the destination network (Port Group) to be assigned for the Appliance, click Next:

9. Specify the credentials of root, admin and audit accounts

10. Specify the Hostname, role-name and networking details, Click Next:

11. Specify the DNS details, domain name & NTP.

(Optional) Enable SSH on the NSX-T Manager, click Next:

12. Review the details and click Finish:

13. Once the first NSX manager has been deployed and booted up, connect to the appliance by typing https://<nsx-t-fqdn>/.

There you go! You have your first NSX-T Manager successfully deployed.

The next step of this series is to add your compute managers by registering it to your NSX-T Manager as described in the next blog.

Published by Mohamed Atef Ibrahim

I have started my journey in the Information Technology field as a System Engineer in 2017 and instantly fell in love with virtualization. Currently, I am focusing on VMware Software Defined Datacenter Portfolio, Cloud & Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions.

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