After the reference host is associated with the custom image profile and configured with a VSS or DVS switch, deploy the reference host as a NSX-T transport node with NSX-T enabled DVS switch.

Procedure

  1. From a browser, log in to NSX-T at https://<NSXManager_IPaddress>.
  2. To locate the reference host, navigate to System -> Nodes -> Host Transport Node.
  3. Create a VLAN transport zone to define the span of the virtual network. The span is defined by attaching N-VDS switches to the transport zone. Based on this attachment, N-VDS can access segments defined within the transport zone. See Create a Transport Zone.
  4. Create a VLAN segment on the transport zone. The created segment is displayed as a logical switch.
    1. Navigate to Networking -> Segments.
    2. Select the transport zone to attach the segment.
    3. Enter VLAN ID.
    4. Click Save.
  5. Create an uplink profile for the reference host that defines how an N-VDS or VDS switch connects to the physical network. See, Create an Uplink Profile.
  6. Configure the reference host as a transport node. See Configure a Managed Host Transport Node.
    1. In the Host Transport Node page, select the reference host.
    2. (On a N-VDS switch) Click Configure NSX and select the previously created transport zone, N-VDS, uplink profile.
    3. (On a VDS switch) Click Configure NSX and select the previously created transport zone, VDS, uplink profile.
  7. In the Network Mappings to Install section, click Add Mapping to add the VMkernel to Segment/Logical switch mapping.
    Note: On a VDS switch, VMkernel adapter migration is not supported.
  8. Click Finish to begin installation of NSX-T on the reference host.

    (On a VDS switch) After installation, configuration status of the reference host is displayed as Success. In the vCenter Server, the VDS switch is displayed as NSX switch.

    (On an N-VDS switch) During installation, VMkernel adapters and physical NICs are migrated from a VSS or DVS switch to an N-VDS switch. After installation, configuration status of the reference host is displayed as Success.

    Note: The reference host is listed under Other Hosts.
  9. In vCenter Server, verify that the PNICs and VMkernels adapters on the VSS switch are migrated and connected to the N-VDS switch.
    Note: On a VDS switch, VMkernel adapter and physical NIC migration is not supported. Attaching a VMkernel adapter to an NSX Distributed Virtual port group is not supported.

What to do next

Extract and Verify the Host Profile. See Extract and Verify the Host Profile.