You can use the vSphere Client to deploy NSX Manager or the Cloud Service Manager as a virtual appliance.

Cloud Service Manager is a virtual appliance that uses NSX-T Data Center components and integrates them with your public cloud.


  • Verify that the system requirements are met. See System Requirements.
  • Verify that the required ports are open. See Ports and Protocols.
  • Verify that a datastore is configured and accessible on the ESXi host.
  • Verify that you have the IP address and gateway, DNS server IP addresses, domain search list, and the NTP server IP address for the NSX Manager to use.
  • If you do not already have one, create the target VM port group network. Place the NSX-T Data Center appliances on a management VM network.

    If you have multiple management networks, you can add static routes to the other networks from the NSX-T Data Center appliance.

  • Plan your NSX Manager IPv4 or IPv6 IP addressing scheme.


  1. Locate the NSX-T Data Center OVA file on the VMware download portal.

    Either copy the download URL or download the OVA file.

  2. In the vSphere Client, select the host on which to install NSX-T Data Center.
  3. Right-click and select Deploy OVF template to start the installation wizard.
  4. Enter the download OVA URL or navigate to the OVA file.
  5. Enter a name for the NSX Manager VM.

    The name you enter appears in the vSphere inventory.

  6. Select a compute resource for the NSX Manager appliance.
    • To install on a ESXi host managed by vCenter, select a host on which to deploy the NSX Manager appliance.
    • To install on a standalone ESXi host, select the host on which to deploy the NSX Manager appliance.
  7. Verify the OVF template details.
  8. For an optimal performance, reserve memory for the NSX Manager appliance.

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

  9. Select a datastore to store the NSX Manager appliance files.
  10. Select a destination network for each source network.
  11. Select the port group or destination network for the NSX Manager.
  12. Enter the NSX Manager system root, CLI admin, and audit passwords.
    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
  13. Enter the hostname of the NSX Manager.
    Note: The host name must be a valid domain name. Ensure that each part of the host name (domain/subdomain) that is separated by dot must start with an alphabet character.
  14. Accept the default NSX Manager role for VM.
    Select the nsx-cloud-service-manager role from the drop-down menu to install the NSX Cloud appliance.
  15. Enter the default gateway, management network IPv4, management network netmask, DNS, and NTP IP address.
  16. Enable SSH and allow root SSH login to the NSX Manager command line.
    By default, these options are disabled for security reasons.
  17. Verify that all your custom OVF template specification is accurate and click Finish to initiate the installation.
    The installation might take 7-8 minutes.
  18. From the vSphere Client, open NSX Manager VM console to track the boot process.
  19. After the NSX Manager boots, log in to the CLI as admin and run the get interface eth0 command to verify that the IP address was applied as expected.
  20. Enter the get services command to verify that all the services are running.
    If the services are not running, wait for all the services to start running.
    Note: The following services are not running by default: liagent, migration-coordinator, and snmp. You can start them as follows:
    • start service liagent
    • start service migration-coordinator
    • For SNMP:
      set snmp community <community-string>
      start service snmp
  21. Verify that your NSX Manager has the required connectivity.
    Make sure that you can perform the following tasks.
    • Ping your NSX Manager from another machine.
    • The NSX Manager can ping its default gateway.
    • The NSX Manager can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Manager using the management interface.
    • The NSX Manager can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.
    • If you enabled SSH, make sure that you can SSH to your NSX Manager.

    If connectivity is not established, make sure that the network adapter of the virtual appliance is in the proper network or VLAN.

What to do next

Log in to the NSX Manager from a supported web browser. See Log In to the Newly Created NSX Manager.