Use the checklist to track your installation progress on a vSphere host.

Follow the recommended order of procedures.

  1. Review the NSX Manager installation requirements. See NSX Manager Installation.
  2. Configure the necessary ports and protocols. See Ports and Protocols.
  3. Install the NSX Manager. See Install NSX Manager and Available Appliances.
  4. Log in to the newly created NSX Manager. See Log In to the Newly Created NSX Manager.
  5. Configure a compute manger. See Add a Compute Manager.
  6. Deploy additional NSX Manager nodes to form a cluster. See Deploy NSX Manager Nodes to Form a Cluster from UI.
  7. Review the NSX Edge installation requirements. See NSX Edge Installation.
  8. Install NSX Edges. See Install an NSX Edge on ESXi Using a vSphere GUI.
  9. Create an NSX Edge cluster. See Create an NSX Edge Cluster.
  10. Create transport zones. See Create Transport Zones.
  11. Create host transport nodes. See Create a Standalone Host or Bare Metal Server Transport Node or Configure a Managed Host Transport Node.

    A virtual switch is created on each host. The management plane sends the host certificates to the control plane, and the management plane pushes control plane information to the hosts. Each host connects to the control plane over SSL presenting its certificate. The control plane validates the certificate against the host certificate provided by the management plane. The controllers accept the connection upon successful validation.


When the hosts are transport nodes, you can create transport zones, logical switches, logical routers, and other network components through the NSX Manager UI or API at any time. When NSX Edges and hosts join the management plane, the NSX-T Data Center logical entities and configuration state are pushed to the NSX Edges and hosts automatically.

For more information, see the NSX-T Data Center Administration Guide.