NSX-T has been decoupled from vCenter and is availabe for multiple platforms and since lots of things are happening around SDN, their integration with Micro Services running on containers and kubernetes , so it is right to start getting familiar with NSX-T before customer start adopting it.
So first step towards learning NSX-T is to read through official documentation and parallelly start deploying NSX-T 2.0 components…here is the deployment flow that i will follow:
- Install NSX Manager.
- Install NSX Controllers.
- Join NSX Controllers with the management plane.
- Initialize the control cluster to create a master controller.
- Join NSX Controllers into a control cluster. NSX Manager installs NSX-T modules after the hypervisor hosts are added.
- Join hypervisor hosts with the management plane. This causes the host to send its host certificate to the management plane.
- Install NSX Edges.
- Join NSX Edges with the management plane.
- Create transport zones and transport nodes.
So let’s move towards our first step, deploy NSX Manager….
Here is the System Requirements for NSX-T Manager :
NSX-T has specific requirements regarding hardware resources and software versions.
for My Lab I am going to use Nested ESXi6.5.
1 – First login to ESXi using HTML5 Client and run the New Virtual Machine wizard and select “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file”
Enter the name for the NSX-T Manager appliance (nsxtm.avnlab.com) and choose NSX-T Manager appliance OVA (nsx-unified-appliance-126.96.36.199.0.6522097)
Select your storage
Choose your network , Disk type
Enter various password for “Root User” , “admin User” and “audit User” , we need to setup a complex password , else it will ask to enter new password post deployment.
NOTE – NSX-T core services on the appliance will not start until a password with sufficient complexity is set.
Password complexity requirement:
At least eight characters
At least one lower-case letter
At least one upper-case letter
At least one digit
At least one special character
At least five different characters
No dictionary words
in the same window Enter the “Hostname” , Rolename will be “nsx-manager” don’t change it.
Enter DNS and NTP server details , enable SSH and root SSH login ( if you required)
and click finish
it will take some time and once ova import completes , you are done.
Login with IP address that we specified in the installation and Here is your first NSX-T login screen…login with user name “admin” and password that we specified in above steps.
Accept “End User License Agreement” and click on “Continue”
and here is your first successful NSX-T installation 🙂 Finally, the NSX Manager is deployed.
Happy Learning 🙂