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:
- NSX-T Installation: Step 1 – Deploy NSX-T Manager
- NSX-T Installation: Step 2 – Add a Compute Manage
- NSX-T Installation: Step 3 – Deploy Additional NSX-T Managers
- NSX-T Installation: Step 4 – Configure NSX-T Cluster Virtual IP
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.