Deploying the first NSX-T Manager Node
This article will show you how to deploy your first NSX-T Manager node.
The high-level steps
Below you will find the high-level steps on how to deploy your first NSX-T Manager node.
- STEP 1) Download the NSX-T Manager OVA installation file from the VMware website
- STEP 2) Deploy the NSX-T Manager OVA (either through the ESXi host or vCenter Server)
- STEP 3) Log in to the NSX-T Manager Node
The deployment of the second and third NSX-T Nodes (form an NSX-T Manager Cluster) is explained here.
STEP 1) Download the NSX-T Manager OVA installation file from the VMware website
First, you need to download the NSX-T Manager OVA installation file from the VMware website.
When the file is downloaded you need to verify if the file has the correct MD5 hash (and is not a corrupt download)
Below I have placed a snippet of the command Command window as you have seen on the picture above.
C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads>dir Volume in drive C has no label. Volume Serial Number is 36C0-686B Directory of C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads 09/05/2020 12:43 AM <DIR> . 09/05/2020 12:43 AM <DIR> .. 06/30/2020 04:03 AM 1,398,504,960 HCIBench_2.3.1.ova 07/03/2020 04:46 AM 221,816,968 jdk-8u251-windows-x64.exe 08/26/2020 11:06 AM 11,320,275 Network_Topology_8_26_20__11_05_AM.pdf 06/28/2020 12:26 AM 1,802,967,040 nsx-edge-184.108.40.206.0.15946012.ova 09/05/2020 12:43 AM 11,840,829,440 nsx-unified-appliance-220.127.116.11.0.16556500.ova 08/07/2020 11:09 AM 175,595,520 photon-hw11-3.0-0a85037c.ova 08/07/2020 10:58 AM 173,752,320 photon-hw13_uefi-3.0-074f0525.ova 08/26/2020 01:21 PM 2,785,017,856 ubuntu-20.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso 07/03/2020 04:32 AM 7,194,312 vcredist_x64.exe 08/26/2020 01:56 PM <DIR> VMware-VMRC-11.2.0-16492666 08/26/2020 01:55 PM 92,624,252 VMware-VMRC-11.2.0-16492666.zip 07/03/2020 04:27 AM 2,942,640 Win64OpenSSL_Light-1_0_2u.exe 11 File(s) 18,512,565,583 bytes 3 Dir(s) 41,572,163,584 bytes free C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads>CertUtil -hashfile nsx-unified-appliance-18.104.22.168.0.16556500.ova md5 MD5 hash of nsx-unified-appliance-22.214.171.124.0.16556500.ova: 9cf49e74d7d43c11768a04fb05f92d85 CertUtil: -hashfile command completed successfully. C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads>
STEP 2) Deploy the NSX-T Manager OVA (either through the ESXi host or vCenter Server)
I doing this deployment straight from an ESXi host, but the process on the vCenter Server will not be much different.
First right click Virtual Machines and select "Create/Register VM".
Select "Deploy a virtual machine from an OVA or OVF file".
Provide a name for the Virtual Machine.
Select a proper storage resource.
Configure the network interfaces as required.
Now it's time to specify some configuration details. I have specified the following details below:
|Root User Password||VMware1!VMware1!|
|Audit User Password||VMware1!VMware1!|
|Default IPv4 Gateway||10.203.100.1|
|Management Network IPv4 Address||10.203.100.6|
|Management Network Netmask||255.255.255.0|
|DNS Server List||10.203.0.5|
|Domain Search List||sddc.lab|
|NTP Server List||10.203.0.5|
|Allow root SSH Logins||Yes|
Type in the passwords.
Type in the NSX-T Network details.
Verify the details in the summary before you start the deploy.
Verify if the deployment has started or in progress.
Verify the deployment is finished.
Verify if the VM is powered on properly.
Open a console window to see if you can do console related tasks.
STEP 3) Log in to the NSX-T Manager Node
The first time you log in to the NSX-T Manager node you will be presented with an End User License Agreement.
Make sure you accept before you can continue and actually use NSX-T.
The second question is if you want to join the "Customer Experience Program". Check the box if you want to and uncheck it if you don't want to.
And now you are logged in!
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