You must deploy Edge nodes of the appropriate number and size before you can complete the migration.

In a new NSX-T environment, there are many options for deploying NSX Edge. However, if you are migrating using migration coordinator, you must deploy NSX Edge as a virtual machine on ESXi. Deploy using an OVA or OVF file. Do not deploy on bare metal. Do not deploy from the NSX Manager interface.

You must deploy the NSX Edge nodes on ESXi hosts that are not part of the NSX for vSphere environment.

To learn more about Edge networking, see "NSX Edge Networking Setup" in the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.


  • You must have sufficient ESXi hosts with appropriate resources available to accommodate the NSX Edge appliances.


  1. Locate the NSX Edge appliance OVA file on the VMware download portal.
    Either copy the download URL or download the OVA file onto your computer.
  2. In the vSphere Client, select the host on which to install NSX Edge appliance.
  3. Right-click and select Deploy OVF template to start the installation wizard.
  4. Enter the download OVA URL or navigate to the saved OVA file.
  5. Enter a name for the NSX Edge VM.

    The name you type appears in the inventory.

  6. Select a compute resource for the NSX Edge appliance.
  7. 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" in the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.

  8. Verify the OVF template details.
  9. Select a deployment configuration, Small, Medium, or Large.
    The Messages dialog box on the Resolve Issues page provides information on what size appliances are required for migration.
  10. Select a datastore to store the NSX Edge appliance files.
  11. Accept the default source and destination network interface.
    You can accept the default network destination for the rest of the networks and change the network configuration after the NSX Edge is deployed.
  12. Select the IP allocation from the drop-down menu.
  13. Enter the NSX Edge system root, CLI admin, and audit passwords.
    Note: In the Customize Template window, ignore the message All properties have valid values that is displayed even before you have entered values in any of the fields. This message is displayed because all parameters are optional. The validation passes as you have not entered values in any of the fields.
    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
    • Default password complexity rules are enforced by the Linux PAM module
  14. Enter the hostname of the NSX Edge VM.
  15. Enter the default gateway, management network IPv4, management network netmask, DNS, and NTP IP address.
    Skip any VMC network settings.
  16. (Optional) If needed, enable SSH and allow root SSH login to the NSX Edge command line.
    By default, these options are disabled for security reasons.
  17. Verify that all your custom OVA template specification is accurate and click Finish to initiate the installation.
    The installation might take 7-8 minutes.
  18. Open the console of the NSX Edge to track the boot process.
    If the console window does not open, make sure that pop-ups are allowed.
  19. After the NSX Edge starts, log in to the CLI with admin credentials.
    Note: After NSX Edge starts, if you do not log in with admin credentials for the first time, the data plane service does not automatically start on NSX Edge.
  20. Run the get interface eth0 (without VLAN) or get interface eth0.<vlan_ID> (with a VLAN) command to verify that the IP address was applied as expected .
    nsx-edge-1> get interface eth0.100 
    Interface: eth0.100
      MAC address: 00:50:56:86:62:4d
      MTU: 1500
      Default gateway:
      Broadcast address:
  21. Verify that the NSX Edge appliance has the required connectivity.

    If you enabled SSH, make sure that you can SSH to your NSX Edge.

    • You can ping your NSX Edge.
    • NSX Edge can ping its default gateway.
    • NSX Edge can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Edge.
    • NSX Edge can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.
  22. Troubleshoot connectivity problems.
    Note: If connectivity is not established, make sure the VM network adapter is in the proper network or VLAN.

    By default, the NSX Edge datapath claims all virtual machine NICs except the management NIC (the one that has an IP address and a default route). If you incorrectly assigned a NIC as the management interface, follow these steps to use DHCP to assign management IP address to the correct NIC.

    1. Log in CLI and type the stop service dataplane command.
    2. Type the set interface interface dhcp plane mgmt command.
    3. Place interface into the DHCP network and wait for an IP address to be assigned to that interface.
    4. Type the start service dataplane command.
      The datapath fp-ethX ports used for the VLAN uplink and the tunnel overlay are shown in the get interfaces and get physical-port commands on the NSX Edge.