To track your progress in activating and configuring NSX Intelligence, and to quickly guide you on getting started in using its features, use the following checklist.

Perform these procedures in the order they are listed.

  1. Install NSX-T Data Center 3.2 or later.

    See the installation workflow details in the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide documentation for version 3.2 or later documentation set at

  2. Ensure you have met all the NSX Intelligence system requirements and reviewed all the resource limits listed in Preparing to Activate NSX Intelligence.

  3. (Optional) If you are upgrading from NSX Intelligence 1.2.x or earlier, see Upgrading NSX Intelligence for details.

  4. If activating NSX Intelligence for the first time, use the NSX Manager 3.2 or later user interface to deploy the NSX Application Platform with the Advanced form factor (for production environment) or Evaluation form factor (for non-production environment).

    NSX Intelligence is an application hosted on NSX Application Platform. For details, see the Deploying and Managing the VMware NSX Application Platform document delivered with the NSX-T Data Center 3.2 or later documentation set at

  5. Activate NSX Intelligence on the NSX Application Platform. See Activate NSX Intelligence for more information.

  6. (Optional) Configure NSX Intelligence settings to define for which standalone hosts or clusters of hosts NSX Intelligence needs to collect network traffic data.

    By default, after NSX Intelligence is activated, it starts collecting network traffic data on all standalone hosts and cluster of hosts in your NSX-T environment. You can optionally configure NSX Intelligence to deactivate traffic data collection for one or more standalone hosts or clusters of hosts. See Configure NSX Intelligence Settings.

  7. To start viewing the graphical visualization of your NSX-T workloads, click Go to NSX Intelligence on the NSX Intelligence feature card on the Systems > NSX Application Platform UI page.

    Alternatively, navigate to Plan & Troubleshoot > Discover & Take Action and refresh the web browser you are using for the NSX Manager session.

  8. Begin using the NSX Intelligence features, including the NSX recommendations for micro-segmentation feature and the NSX Suspicious Traffic feature.

    For information about getting started using NSX Intelligence, see the Using and Managing VMware NSX Intelligence document for version 3.2 or later.