Before you configure the NSX Edge bare metal, make sure that your environment meets the supported requirements.

NSX Edge nodes are supported only on ESXi-based hosts with Intel-based chipsets. Otherwise, vSphere EVC mode may prevent Edge nodes from starting, showing an error message in the console.

NSX Edge Bare Metal Memory, CPU, and Disk Requirements

Memory CPU Cores Disk Space
32 GB 8 200 GB

NSX Edge Bare Metal DPDK CPU Requirements

For the DPDK support, the underlaying platform needs to meet the following requirements:

  • CPU must have AES-NI capability.
  • CPU must have 1 GB Huge Page support.
Hardware Type
CPU
  • Intel Xeon E7-xxxx (Westmere-EX and later CPU generation)
  • Intel Xeon 56xx (Westmere-EP)
  • Intel Xeon E5-xxxx (Sandy Bridge and later CPU generation)
  • Intel Xeon Platinum (all generations)
  • Intel Xeon Gold (all generations)
  • Intel Xeon Silver (all generations)
  • Intel Xeon Bronze (all generations)

NSX Edge Bare Metal Hardware Requirements

Verify that the bare metal NSX Edge hardware is listed in this URL https://certification.ubuntu.com/server/models/?release=18.04%20LTS&category=Server. If the hardware is not listed, the storage, video adapter, or motherboard components might not work on the NSX Edge appliance.

NSX Edge Bare Metal NIC Requirements

NIC Type Description PCI Device ID
Intel XXV710

I40E_DEV_ID_25G_B

I40E_DEV_ID_25G_SFP28

0x158A

0x158B

Intel X520/Intel 82599

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KX4

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KX4_MEZZ

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KR

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_COMBO_BACKPLANE

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_KX4_KR_MEZZ

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_CX4

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_SFP

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_RNDC

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_560FLR

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_ECNA_DP

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_EM

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_SF2

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_SF_QP

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_QSFP_SF_QP

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599EN_SFP

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_XAUI_LOM

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_T3_LOM

0x10F7

0x1514

0x1517

0x10F8

0x000C

0x10F9

0x10FB

0x11A9

0x1F72

0x17D0

0x0470

0x1507

0x154D

0x154A

0x1558

0x1557

0x10FC

0x151C

Intel X540

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X540T

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X540T1

0x1528

0x1560

Intel X550

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X550T

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X550T1

0x1563

0x15D1

Intel X710

I40E_DEV_ID_SFP_X710

I40E_DEV_ID_KX_C

I40E_DEV_ID_10G_BASE_T

0x1572

0x1581

0x1586

Intel XL710

I40E_DEV_ID_KX_B

I40E_DEV_ID_QSFP_A

I40E_DEV_ID_QSFP_B

I40E_DEV_ID_QSFP_C

0x1580

0x1583

0x1584

0x1585

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