Follow the steps mentioned below for deploying the Controller through the Prism Image Service:


  1. Upload the NSX Advanced Load Balancer Controller image to the Prism image service:
    1. Click the Settings button and go to Image Configuration to upload the files.
    2. In theCreate Image screen, select the IMAGE TYPE as Disk and select the CONTAINER.
    3. Create a virtual machine (VM) instance for the Controller from Prism with the following details:
    • NAME: Desired name

    • vCPUs: 1

    • Number of Cores per vCPU: 8 (or more)

    • Memory: 24 GB

    • Disks:

      • Remove CD-ROM

      • Add new Disk

      • Operation: Clone from Image Service

      • Image: Select the name of the image created in the previous steps

      • Size: Default to 64 GB

    • NIC: vLAN. Select a network that will be used for management. This network is used for accessing the Controller and for Controller-to-Service Engine communication. For production environments this is a static address.


    For configuring networks and IP addresses for the Controller and SEs, usually networks should be created beforehand. For more details, follow the instructions in Nutanix Acropolis 101: Creating VMs.

    Select that network when adding a vNIC to a Controller or SE. Based on how the network was originally set up, the IP address will be static or picked up via DHCP and assigned to the vNIC.

  2. Power on the Controller VM. During the initial boot-up, the Controller initializes databases and runs through internal setup tasks (may take several minutes).
  3. Connect to the NSX Advanced Load Balancer UI via https://[IP Address].
  4. Set up the the Controller. From the NSX Advanced Load Balancer UI setup wizard, perform the initial configuration of the Controller. Provide a password, DNS, and set the Infrastructure Type to No-Orchestrator.