Join the three Global Manager nodes you deployed in the VMware Cloud Foundation management domain to form a cluster.


  1. SSH into the first NSX Global Manager node using the admin user account.
  2. Run the following command to retrieve the Global Manager cluster ID.
    get cluster config | find Id:
  3. Copy the output of the command and save it.
  4. Run the following command to retrieve the thumbprint of the Global Manager API certificate.
    get certificate api thumbprint
  5. Copy the output of the command and save it.
  6. Log in to the second Global Manager node and run the following command to join this node to the cluster:
    join first_node_IP cluster-id cluster_ID username admin password nsx_admin_password thumbprint api_thumbprint

    where cluster_ID is the value from step 3 and certificate_thumbprint is the value from step 5.

    A warning message displays: Data on this node will be lost. Are you sure? (yes/no).
  7. Enter yes to confirm.
    The joining and cluster stabilizing process might take from 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Run get cluster status to view the status.
    Verify that the status for every cluster service group is UP before making any other cluster changes.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 to join the third node to the cluster.
  10. Verify the cluster status on the web interface.
    1. Log in to the Global Manager web interface and select Configuration > Global Manager Appliances.
    2. Verify that the Cluster status is green that the cluster node is Available.