A compute manager, for example, vCenter Server, is an application that manages resources such as hosts and VMs.

NSX-T Data Center polls compute managers to collect cluster information from vCenter Server.

When you add a vCenter Server compute manager, you must provide a vCenter Server user's credentials. You can provide the vCenter Server administrator's credentials, or create a role and a user specifically for NSX-T Data Center and provide this user's credentials. This role must have the following vCenter Server privileges:
Extension.Register extension
Extension.Unregister extension
Extension.Update extension
Sessions.Validate session
Sessions.View and stop sessions
Host.Local Operations.Create virtual machine
Host.Local Operations.Delete virtual machine
Host.Local Operations.Reconfigure virtual machine
Scheduled task
Global.Cancel task
Permissions.Reassign role permissions
Resource.Assign vApp to resource pool
Resource.Assign virtual machine to resource pool
Virtual Machine.Configuration
Virtual Machine.Guest Operations
Virtual Machine.Provisioning
Virtual Machine.Inventory
Network.Assign network

For more information about vCenter Server roles and privileges, see the vSphere Security document.


  • Verify that you use the supported vSphere version. See Supported vSphere version.
  • IPv6 and IPv4 communication with vCenter Server.
  • Verify that you use the recommended number of compute managers. See https://configmax.vmware.com/home.
    Note: NSX-T Data Center does not support the same vCenter Server to be registered with more than one NSX Manager.


  1. From your browser, log in with admin privileges to an NSX Manager at https://<nsx-manager-ip-address>.
  2. Select System > Fabric > Compute Managers > Add.
  3. Complete the compute manager details.
    Option Description
    Name and Description Type the name to identify the vCenter Server.

    You can optionally describe any special details such as, the number of clusters in the vCenter Server.

    Domain Name/IP Address Type the IP address of the vCenter Server.
    Type Keep the default option.
    Username and Password Type the vCenter Server login credentials.
    Thumbprint Type the vCenter Server SHA-256 thumbprint algorithm value.
    If you left the thumbprint value blank, you are prompted to accept the server provided thumbprint.

    After you accept the thumbprint, it takes a few seconds for NSX-T Data Center to discover and register the vCenter Server resources.

  4. If the progress icon changes from In progress to Not registered, perform the following steps to resolve the error.
    1. Select the error message and click Resolve. One possible error message is the following:
      Extension already registered at CM <vCenter Server name> with id <extension ID>
    2. Enter the vCenter Server credentials and click Resolve.
      If an existing registration exists, it will be replaced.


It takes some time to register the compute manager with vCenter Server and for the connection status to appear as UP.

You can click the compute manager's name to view the details, edit the compute manager, or to manage tags that apply to the compute manager.

After the vCenter Server is successfully registered, do not power off and delete the NSX Manager VM without deleting the compute manager first. Otherwise, when you deploy a new NSX Manager, you will not be able to register the same vCenter Server again. You will get the error that the vCenter Server is alredy registered with another NSX Manager.

Note: After a vCenter Server (VC) compute manager is successfully added, it cannot be removed if you successfully performed any of the following actions:
  • Service VMs deployed on a host or a cluster in the VC using NSX service insertion.
  • You use the NSX Manager UI to deploy NSX Edges, NSX Intelligence VM, or NSX Manager nodes on a host or a cluster in the VC.

If you try to perform any of these actions and you encounter an error (for example, installation failed), you can remove the VC if you have not successfully performed any of the actions listed above.

You can also remove the VC after:
  • All transport nodes are unprepared.
  • All service VMs, NSX Intelligence VM, all NSX Edge VMs and NSX Manager nodes are undeployed.

This restriction applies to a fresh installation of NSX-T Data Center 2.5.x as well as an upgrade.