If you want to use NSX-T Data Center as the networking solution for VMware Integrated OpenStack, deploy and configure NSX-T Data Center as described in the following procedure.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Log in to the NSX Manager as an administrator.
  2. Add your ESXi hosts to the NSX-T Data Center fabric.
    1. Select Fabric > Nodes.
    2. In the Hosts tab, click Add.
    3. Enter the name, management IP address, user name, and password of the host.
      You can also enter a host thumbprint. If you do not enter a thumbprint, NSX-T Data Center will prompt you to use the default thumbprint provided by the host.
    4. Click Add.
  3. Create an IP address pool for tunnel endpoints.
    1. Select Inventory > Groups.
    2. In the IP Pools tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name and description for the IP address pool.
    4. Under Subnets, click Add.
    5. Click the first entry under each column and specify the IP address range, gateway, and network address.
      You can also specify DNS servers (separated by commas) and a DNS suffix.
    6. Click Add.
  4. Create an overlay transport zone.
    1. Select Fabric > Transport Zones and click Add.
    2. Enter a name, description, and N-VDS name for the overlay transport zone.
      The N-VDS name will be used for the N-VDS that is installed on transport nodes added to this transport zone.
    3. Select Standard or Enhanced Datapath for the N-VDS mode.
    4. Select Overlay for the traffic type.
    5. Click Add.
  5. Create a VLAN transport zone.
    1. Select Fabric > Transport Zones and click Add.
    2. Enter a name, description, and N-VDS name for the overlay transport zone.
      The N-VDS name will be used for the N-VDS that is installed on transport nodes added to this transport zone.
    3. Select Standard or Enhanced Datapath for the N-VDS mode.
    4. Select VLAN for the traffic type.
    5. Click Add.
  6. Create an uplink profile.
    1. Select Fabric > Profiles.
    2. In the Uplink Profiles tab, click Add.
      Note: If you are using a physical link on an ESXi host, you can modify the default policy instead of creating a new one.
    3. Enter a name and description for the profile.
    4. (Optional) Under LAGs, add and configure one or more link aggregation groups (LAGs).
    5. Under Teamings, add a new teaming policy or configure the default policy.
    6. In the Active Uplinks column, specify a physical link on your ESXi host or NSX Edge node.

      The link must be up and available.

      If you are using a physical link on an ESXi host, you can also specify a standby uplink if desired.

    7. In the Transport VLAN text box, enter the VLAN ID of the physical network.
    8. Retain the default MTU value of 1600.
    9. Click Add.
  7. If you want to use N-VDS in standard mode, create a Network I/O Control (NIOC) profile.
    1. Select Fabric > Profiles.
    2. In the NIOC Profiles tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name and description for the profile.
    4. Set Status to Enabled.
    5. Under Host Infra Traffic Resource, specify the desired traffic types and bandwidth allocations.
    6. Retain the default MTU value of 1600.
    7. Click Add.
  8. Add the ESXi hosts in your compute cluster to the overlay transport zone.
    1. Select Fabric > Nodes.
    2. In the Transport Nodes tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name for the transport node.
    4. From the Node drop-down list, select the desired ESXi host.
    5. Under Transport Zones, select the overlay transport zone in the Available column and click the left arrow to move it to the Selected column.
    6. Open the N-VDS tab.
    7. Select the N-VDS for the overlay transport zone and the uplink profile that you created in this procedure.
      If you are using a standard N-VDS, select the NIOC profile also.
    8. From the IP Assignment drop-down list, select Use IP Pool.
    9. From the IP Pool drop-down list, select the tunnel endpoint IP address pool that you created in this procedure.
    10. From the Physical NICs drop-down lists, select an unused NIC and uplink.
    11. Click Add.
  9. Add NSX Edge nodes to the overlay and VLAN transport zones.
    1. Select Fabric > Nodes.
    2. In the Transport Nodes tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name for the transport node.
    4. From the Node drop-down list, select the desired NSX Edge node.
    5. Under Transport Zones, select the overlay and VLAN transport zones in the Available column and click the left arrow to move them to the Selected column.
    6. Open the N-VDS tab.
    7. Select the N-VDS for the overlay transport zone and the uplink profile that you created in this procedure.
      If you are using a standard N-VDS, select the NIOC profile also.
    8. From the IP Assignment drop-down list, select Use IP Pool.
    9. From the IP Pool drop-down list, select the tunnel endpoint IP address pool that you created in this procedure.
    10. From the Virtual NICs drop-down lists, select an unused NIC and uplink.
    11. Click Add N-VDS.
    12. Select the N-VDS for the VLAN transport zone and the uplink profile that you created in this procedure.
      If you are using a standard N-VDS, select the NIOC profile also.
    13. From the IP Assignment drop-down list, select Use DHCP.
    14. From the Virtual NICs drop-down lists, select an unused NIC and uplink.
    15. Click Add.
  10. Create an edge cluster and add NSX Edge nodes to it.
    1. Select Fabric > Nodes.
    2. In the Edge Clusters tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name and description for the cluster.
    4. Select an edge cluster profile from the drop-down list.
    5. From the Member Type drop-down list, select Edge Node.
    6. Select the NSX Edge nodes in the Available column and click the left arrow to move them to the Selected column.
    7. Click OK and click Add.
  11. Create a logical switch.
    1. Select Networking > Switching.
    2. In the Switches tab, click Add.
    3. Enter a name and description for the switch.
    4. Select the VLAN transport zone.
    5. Specify the VLAN ID of the network.
    6. Click Add.
  12. Create a tier-0 router.
    1. Select Networking > Routers.
    2. In the Routers tab, click Add > Tier-0 Router.
    3. Enter a name and description for the router.
    4. Select the edge cluster that you created in this procedure.
    5. Select Active-Active or Active-Standby as the high availability mode.
    6. If you want to use Active-Standby mode, select Preemptive or Non-Preemptive as the failover mode and select a preferred member from the edge cluster.
    7. Click Add.
  13. Create a port on the tier-0 router to associate with the upstream physical router.
    1. Select Networking > Routers.
    2. In the Routers tab, click the name of your tier-0 router.
    3. Select Configuration > Router Ports and click Add.
    4. Enter a name and description for the port.
    5. In the Type field, select Uplink.
    6. From the Transport Node drop-down list, select a member of the edge cluster.
    7. From the Logical Switch drop-down list, select the switch that you created in this procedure.
    8. Select Attach to new switch port and enter a name for the switch port.
    9. Enter the IP address of the router port in CIDR format (for example, 192.0.2.20/24).
      Note: This IP address cannot be within the subnet of any OpenStack external network.
    10. Click Add.
  14. Enable BGP on the tier-0 router and add BGP neighbors.
    1. Select Networking > Routers.
    2. In the Routers tab, click the name of your tier-0 router.
    3. Select Routing > BGP and click Edit.
    4. Toggle Status to Enabled.
    5. Enter your AS number and click Save.
    6. Under Neighbors, click Add.
    7. Enter the IP address and a description of the BGP neighbor.
    8. Enter the remote AS number for the neighbor.
    9. Open the Local Address tab.
    10. From the Type drop-down list, select Uplink.
    11. Select the uplink ports in the Available column and click the left arrow to move them to the Selected column.
    12. Click Add.

What to do next

Prepare to Install VMware Integrated OpenStack with NSX-T Data Center

VMware Integrated OpenStack can generate a new DHCP profile and metadata proxy server for your deployment. You are no longer required to configure these items in advance.

If you want to manually configure a metadata proxy server in NSX-T Data Center before deployment, specify the first IP address in the VMware Integrated OpenStack management network IP range as the URL for the Nova server.