Learn NSX – Part-04 (Configure NSX Manager)

Friends , this get a bit delayed as i was busy with other commitments , here comes the next part…

You must log in to the NSX Manager virtual appliance to register vCenter Server and review the settings specified during installation.

Prerequisites to Configure –

  • The NSX management service must be running.
  • You must have a vCenter Server user account with administrative access to synchronize NSX Manager with the vCenter Server.
  • If your vCenter password has non-ASCII characters, you must change it before synchronizing the NSX Manager with the vCenter Server.
  • FTPS (or FTP) server available.
  • To use the VMware vCenter Single Sign-On™ service on NSX Manager, you must have vCenter Server 5.5 or later and the vCenter Single Sign-On service must be installed on vCenter Server. Note that this is for embedded single sign-on (SSO). Your deployment might use an external centralized SSO server based on Active Directory.

1 – Connect to the NSX Manager using DNS/IP address of NSX manager appliance.

The default user name is admin. The password was set during the deployment of the             NSX Manager OVA.

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2 – In the NSX Manager main screen, select View Summary and verify that the following              services are running:

  • VMware vFabric® Postgres
  • Pivotal RabbitMQ
  • NSX Management Service

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3 – From the NSX Manager main screen, select Manage Appliance Settings > Settings >                General. In the Time Settings section, verify that the NTP server entries are correct.

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4 – In the Syslog Server section, click Edit, enter the appropriate Syslog server settings and        click OK.

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5 – In Components > NSX Management Service, in the vCenter Server section, click Edit to connect NSX Manager to vCenter Server.

In the vCenter Server dialog box:

  1. Enter the vCenter Server FQDN in the vCenter Server text box.
  2. Enter the vCenter user name in the vCenter User Name text box.
  3. Enter the password for the vCenter user in the Password text box.
  4. Click OK.

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6 – In the Trust Certificate dialog box:

  1. Click Yes to proceed with the SSL certificate.
  2. After a short period, verify that the vCenter Server status displays Connected.

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7 – In Components > NSX Management Service, in the Lookup Service section, click Edit to        connect to the SSO Server.

In the Lookup Service dialog box, enter the appropriate values:

  1. Enter the IP address of the SSO server in the Lookup Service IP text box.
  2. Enter 7444 in the Lookup Service Port text box
    1. NOTE – use port 443 for vSphere 6 VMware Platform Services Controller™.
  3. Enter the user name for the SSO Administrator in the SSO Administrator User Name text box.
  4. Enter the password for the SSO Administrator in the Password text box.
  5. Click OK.

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8 – In the Trust Certificate? dialog box:

  1. Click Yes to proceed with the SSL Certificate.

After a short period, verify that the Lookup Service status displays Connected.

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Now with all above steps , NSX Manager is integrated  with vCenter. now lets move ahead with deployment of Controllers , Happy Learning 🙂

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