To use NSX-T Data Center on a bare metal (BM) server, you must install supported third-party packages.
- Application - represents the actual application running on the bare metal server, such as a web server or a data base server.
- Application Interface - represents the network interface card (NIC) which the application uses for sending and receiving traffic. One application interface per bare metal server is supported.
- Management Interface - represents the NIC which manages the bare metal server.
- VIF - the peer of the application interface which is attached to the logical switch. This is similar to a VM vNIC.
NSX-T Data Center supports the bare metal server in two ways: as a host transport node and as a host for NSX Manager.
Make sure that you have the supported bare metal server versions. See Bare Metal Server System Requirements.