You can install NSX Edge devices in a manual fashion on bare metal using an ISO file. This includes configuring networking settings, such as IP address, gateway, network mask, NTP, and DNS.


  • Verify that the system BIOS mode is set to Legacy BIOS.
  • See NSX Edge network requirements in NSX Edge Installation.


  1. Locate the NSX Edge appliance ISO file under the nsx-edgenode > publish > xenial_amd64 folder.
    Download the ISO file onto your computer.
  2. Log in to the ILO of the bare metal.
  3. Click Launch in the virtual console preview.
  4. Select Virtual Media > Connect Virtual Media.
    Wait a few seconds for the virtual media to connect.
  5. Select Virtual Media > Map CD/DVD and browse to the ISO file.
  6. Select Next Boot > Virtual CD/DVD/ISO.
  7. Select Power > Reset System (warm boot).
    The installation duration depends on the bare metal environment.
  8. Choose Automated installation.
    There might be a pause of 10 seconds after you press Enter.
  9. Select the applicable primary network interface.

    During power-on, the installer requests a network configuration via DHCP. If DHCP is not available in your environment, the installer prompts you for IP settings.

    By default, the root login password is vmware, and the admin login password is default.

  10. Open the console of the NSX Edge to track the boot process.
    If the console window does not open, make sure that pop-ups are allowed.
  11. After the NSX Edge starts, log in to the CLI with admin credentials.
    Note: After NSX Edge starts, if you do not log in with admin credentials for the first time, the data plane service does not automatically start on NSX Edge.
  12. After the reboot, you can log in with either admin or root credentials. The default root password is vmware.
  13. There are three ways to configure a management interface.
    • Untagged interface. This interface type creates an out-of-band management interface.

      (DHCP) set interface eth0 dhcp plane mgmt

      (Static) set interface eth0 ip <CIDR> gateway <gateway-ip> plane mgmt

    • Tagged interface.

      set interface eth0 vlan <vlan_ID> plane mgmt

      (DHCP) set interface eth0.<vlan_ID> dhcp plane mgmt

      (Static) set interface eth0.<vlan_ID> ip <CIDR> gateway <gateway-ip> plane mgmt

    • In-band interface.

      set interface mac <mac_address> vlan <vlan_ID> in-band plane mgmt

      (DHCP) set interface eth0.<vlan_ID> dhcp plane mgmt

      (Static) set interface eth0.<vlan_ID> ip <CIDR> gateway <gateway-ip> plane mgmt

  14. Run the get interface eth0.<vlan_ID> command to verify that the IP address was applied as expected
    nsx-edge-1> get interface eth0.100 
    Interface: eth0.100
      MAC address: 00:50:56:86:62:4d
      MTU: 1500
      Default gateway:
      Broadcast address:
    Note: When bringing up NSX Edge VMs on non-NSX managed host, verify that the MTU setting is set to 1600 (instead of 1500) on the physical host switch for the data NIC.
  15. (Tagged interface and In-band interface) Any existing VLAN management interface must be cleared before creating a new one.

    clear interface eth0.<vlan_ID>

    To set a new interface, refer to step 13.

  16. Verify that the NSX Edge appliance has the required connectivity.

    If you enabled SSH, make sure that you can SSH to your NSX Edge.

    • You can ping your NSX Edge.
    • NSX Edge can ping its default gateway.
    • NSX Edge can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Edge.
    • NSX Edge can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.
  17. Troubleshoot connectivity problems.
    Note: If connectivity is not established, make sure the VM network adapter is in the proper network or VLAN.

    By default, the NSX Edge datapath claims all virtual machine NICs except the management NIC (the one that has an IP address and a default route). If you incorrectly assigned a NIC as the management interface, follow these steps to use DHCP to assign management IP address to the correct NIC.

    1. Log in CLI and type the stop service dataplane command.
    2. Type the set interface interface dhcp plane mgmt command.
    3. Place interface into the DHCP network and wait for an IP address to be assigned to that interface.
    4. Type the start service dataplane command.
      The datapath fp-ethX ports used for the VLAN uplink and the tunnel overlay are shown in the get interfaces and get physical-port commands on the NSX Edge.

What to do next

Join the NSX Edge with the management plane. See Join NSX Edge with the Management Plane.