After the reference host is associated with the custom image profile and configured with a VSS switch, set up the reference host as a transport node in NSX-T.


  1. From a browser, log in to NSX-T at https://<NSXManager_IPaddress>.
  2. To locate the reference host, navigate to System -> Nodes -> Host Transport Node.
  3. Create a VLAN transport zone to define the span of the virtual network. The span is defined by attaching N-VDS switches to the transport zone. Based on this attachment, N-VDS can access segments defined within the transport zone. See Create a Transport Zone.
  4. Create a VLAN segment on the transport zone. The created segment is displayed as a logical switch.
    1. Navigate to Networking -> Segments.
    2. Select the transport zone to attach the segment.
    3. Enter VLAN ID.
    4. Click Save.
  5. Create an uplink profile for the reference host that defines how an N-VDS connects to the physical network. See, Create an Uplink Profile.
  6. Configure the reference host as a transport node. See Configure a Managed Host Transport Node.
    1. In the Host Transport Node page, select the reference host.
    2. Click Configure NSX and select the previously created transport zone, N-VDS, uplink profile.
  7. In the Network Mappings to Install section, click Add Mapping to add the VMkernel to Segment/Logical switch mapping.
  8. Click Finish to begin installation of NSX-T on the reference host.

    During installation, VMkernel adapters and physical NICs are migrated from a VSS or DVS switch to an N-VDS switch. After installation, configuration status of the reference host is displayed as Success.

    Note: The reference host is listed under Other Hosts.
  9. In vCenter Server, verify that the PNICs and VMkernels adapters on the VSS switch are migrated and connected to the N-VDS switch.

What to do next

Extract and Verify the Host Profile. See Extract and Verify the Host Profile.