You can add an NSX Edge to the NSX-T Data Center fabric and proceed to configure the NSX Edge as a transport node.

A transport node is a node that is capable of participating in an NSX-T Data Center overlay or NSX-T Data Center VLAN networking. Any node can serve as a transport node if it contains an N-VDS. Such nodes include but are not limited to NSX Edges.
An NSX Edge can belong to one overlay transport zone and multiple VLAN transport zones. If a VM requires access to the outside world, the NSX Edge must belong to the same transport zone that the VM's logical switch belongs to. Generally, the NSX Edge belongs to at least one VLAN transport zone to provide the uplink access.
Note: If you plan to create transport nodes from a template VM, make sure that there are no certificates on the host in /etc/vmware/nsx/. The netcpa agent does not create a certificate if a certificate already exists.

Prerequisites

  • Transport zones must be configured.
  • Verify that compute manager is configured. See Add a Compute Manager.
  • An uplink profile must be configured or you can use the default uplink profile for bare-metal NSX Edge nodes.
  • An IP pool must be configured or must be available in the network deployment.
  • At least one unused physical NIC must be available on the host or NSX Edge node.

Procedure

  1. From a browser, log in with admin privileges to an NSX Manager at https://<nsx-manager-ip-address>.
  2. Select System > Fabric > Nodes > Edge Transport Nodes > Add Edge VM.
  3. Type a name for the NSX Edge.
  4. Type the Host name or FQDN from vCenter Server.
  5. For an optimal performance, reserve memory for the NSX Edge appliance.

    Set the reservation to ensure that NSX Edge has sufficient memory to run efficiently. See NSX Edge VM System Requirements.

  6. Specify the CLI and the root passwords for the NSX Edge.
    Your passwords must comply with the password strength restrictions.
    • At least 12 characters
    • At least one lower-case letter
    • At least one upper-case letter
    • At least one digit
    • At least one special character
    • At least five different characters
    • No dictionary words
    • No palindromes
    • More than four monotonic character sequence is not allowed
  7. Enter the NSX Edge details.
    Option Description
    Compute Manager Select the compute manager from the drop-down menu.

    The compute manager is the vCenter Server registered in the Management Plane.

    Cluster Designate the cluster the NSX Edge is going to join from the drop-down menu.
    Resource Pool or Host Assign either a resource pool or a specific host for the NSX Edge from the drop-down menu.
    Datastore Select a datastore for the NSX Edge files from the drop-down menu.
  8. Enter the NSX Edge interface details.
    Option Description
    IP Assignment Select DHCP or Static IP.

    If you select Static, you must specify a list of comma-separated IP addresses, a gateway, and a subnet mask.

    Management Interface Select the VM Network interface from the drop-down menu.
  9. Select the transport zones that this transport node belongs to.
    An NSX Edge transport node belongs to at least two transport zones, an overlay for NSX-T Data Center connectivity and a VLAN for uplink connectivity.
    Note: Multiple VTEPs in a transport zone must be configured to the same network segment. If VTEPs in a transport zone are configured to different network segments, BFD sessions cannot be established between the VTEPs.
  10. Enter the N-VDS information.
    Option Description
    Edge Switch Name Select the overlay switch from the drop-down menu.
    Uplink Profile Select the uplink profile from the drop-down menu.

    The available uplinks depend on the configuration in the selected uplink profile.

    IP Assignment Select Use IP Pool or Use Static IP List for the overlay N-VDS.

    If you select Use Static IP List, you must specify a list of comma-separated IP addresses, a gateway, and a subnet mask.

    IP Pool If you selected Use IP Pool for IP assignment, specify the IP pool name.
    Datapath Interfaces Select the data path interface name for the uplink interface.
    Note: LLDP profile is not supported on an NSX Edge VM appliance.
  11. View the connection status on the Transport Nodes page.
    After adding the NSX Edge as a transport node, the connection status changes to Up in 10-12 minutes.
  12. (Optional) View the transport node with the GET https://<nsx-manager>/api/v1/transport-nodes/<transport-node-id> API call.
  13. (Optional) For status information, use the GET https://<nsx-mgr>/api/v1/transport-nodes/<transport-node-id>/status API call.

What to do next

Add the NSX Edge node to an NSX Edge cluster. See Create an NSX Edge Cluster.