You must prepare the deployment environment so that it meets the minimum system requirements required for installing NSX Intelligence.

The following table details the NSX Intelligence deployment, platform, and installation requirements.
Requirements Description
NSX-T Data Center 2.5 or later, with a valid license, such as NSX Data Center Enterprise Plus license

NSX-T Data Center 2.5 or later that is installed on an ESXi-based host, such as VMware vSphere®. See "NSX-T Data Center Installation Workflows" in the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.

Important: Verify that your current version of NSX-T Data Center version is compatible with the NSX Intelligence version that you plan to install. See the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices at
Supported deployment method
  • OVA deployed when using NSX Manager 3.0 or later on the VMware vCenter Server™ that has been added as a compute manager.
  • OVF deployed when usingNSX Manager 2.5.x on the VMware vCenter Server™ that has been added as a compute manager.
Important: The NSX Intelligence appliance can only be installed using NSX Manager and is not supported when the OVA or OVF is installed independently.
Supported Platform ESXi hosts managed by vCenter Server.
  • If your NSX Manager uses CA-signed certificates with partial chain on the NSX Manager Unified Appliance cluster, you must replace the certificate with a full certificate chain. See VMware Knowledge Base article for more information.
  • Ensure that the certificates used for the NSX Manager Unified Appliance node or cluster are compatible with the following certificate types. The following message algorithms, key sizes, and signature algorithms are compatible with the NSX Intelligence appliance.
    • Message Algorithm: RSA

      Key Sizes: 2048, 3072, 4096

    • Signature algorithms: SHA256, SHA384, SHA512

    Using a message algorithm, such as DSA or EC, might cause failures during the NSX Intelligence appliance deployment. A host might be unable to report flows or configuration update from the NSX Manager Unified Appliance because it is unable to reach the NSX Intelligence appliance.

IP address An NSX Intelligence appliance must have a static IP address. You cannot change the IP address after installation.
NSX Intelligence Appliance Password
  • At least 12 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
  • No palindromes
  • More than four monotonic character sequences are not allowed.
VMware Tools™ The NSX Intelligence virtual machine running on an ESXi host has VMware Tools installed. Do not remove VMware Tools.
  • Verify that the system requirements are met. See NSX Intelligence System Requirements.
  • Verify that the required ports are open. See
  • Obtain the IP address information for the management subnet and gateway, DNS server IP address, and the NTP server IP address for the NSX Intelligence appliance to use.
  • Verify that an SSD-based datastore is configured and accessible to the NSX Intelligence appliance.