To perform the NSX Intelligence activation and use its features, your system environment must meet the license, system, and software requirements. You also must use the required NSX built-in user role.

License Requirements

  • To activate, configure, and use NSX Intelligence, you need one of the following base licenses, with add-on licenses where applicable.
    Base SKU License Add-on SKU License
    NSX Data Center Evaluation None required
    NSX-T Evaluation None required
    NSX-T Enterprise Plus None required
    NSX Data Center Enterprise Plus None required
    One of the following:
    • NSX Data Center Advanced
    • NSX Firewall
    • NSX-T Advanced
    NSX Advanced Threat Prevention
    NSX Distributed Firewall None required
    NSX Distributed Firewal with Threat Prevention None required
    NSX Distributed Firewall with Advanced Threat Prevention None required
    One of the following:
    • NSX Data Center Advanced
    • NSX-T Advanced
    NSX Threat Prevention Add On for Distributed Firewall
    One of the following:
    • NSX Data Center Advanced
    • NSX-T Advanced
    • NSX Distributed Firewall with Threat Prevention
    NSX Advanced Threat Prevention Add On for NSX Distributed Firewall
    NSX Advanced with Threat Prevention None required
    NSX Advanced with Advanced Threat Prevention None required
    NSX Enterprise Plus with Threat Prevention None required
    NSX Enterprise Plus with Advanced Threat Prevention None required
  • To use the NSX Suspicious Traffic and NSX Network Detection and Response features, one of the following licenses is required during your NSX Manager session.
    • NSX Distributed Firewall with Advanced Threat Prevention
    • NSX Advanced with Advanced Threat Prevention
    • NSX Enterprise Plus with Advanced Threat Prevention
  • See VMware Knowledge Base article 89137 for information on licensing editions required for specific NSX Intelligence features.

System Requirements

Because the VMware NSX® Application Platform hosts the NSX Intelligence feature beginning with version 3.2, you must meet the minimum NSX Application Platform system requirements needed to activate the NSX Intelligence feature. For more information, see the "NSX Application Platform System Requirements" topic in the Deploying and Managing the VMware NSX Application Platform documentation for version 3.2 or later. The document is delivered in the VMware NSX Documentation set.

For the NSX Application Platform form factors required for activating the NSX Intelligence feature, see the information in the following "Software Requirements" section.

Software Requirements

  • NSX 3.2 or later must be installed. See the NSX Installation Guide documentation that is included with the VMware NSX Documentation set. Select the folder for the specific NSX version that you plan to install and locate the NSX Installation Guide.
  • NSX Application Platform must be deployed using the NSX Manager 3.2 or later user interface.
    To be able to activate NSX Intelligence, you must select one of the following form factors during the NSX Application Platform deployment preparation.
    • Advanced form factor when deploying the NSX Application Platform for a production environment.
    • Evaluation form factor for a non-production environment for use in evaluations and demonstrations only.
    For more details, see the " NSX Application Platform System Requirements" topic in the Getting Started with the NSX Application Platform section of the Deploying and Managing the VMware NSX Application Platform documentation that is included in the VMware NSX Documentation set. Select the folder for the specific NSX version that you have installed or plan to install and locate the Deploying and Managing the VMware NSX Application Platform document.

User Role Requirement

To activate, back up, restore, and upgrade NSX Intelligence, you must use an account with the built-in NSX-T Enterprise Admin role when using the NSX Manager user interface to perform the administrative tasks.