To use NSX Federation, you must install the Global Manager.

Installing a Global Manager appliance is similar to installing an NSX Manager appliance. The only difference is that when you deploy the appliance, you select NSX Global Manager for the role.

Install a standby Global Manager appliance for high availability and disaster recovery. The standby Global Manager appliance must be installed in a different location with a latency of 150ms or less.


  • Verify that your environment meets the requirements for NSX Manager. See NSX Manager VM and Host Transport Node System Requirements.

  • Decide which locations will contain the active and standby Global Manager appliances.
  • Verify that you are installing the Global Manager appliance with NSX-T Data Center 3.1.0 or later.
    Important: All Global Manager and Local Manager appliances in an NSX Federation environment must have the same version of NSX-T Data Center installed.


  1. Install the first Global Manager appliance.
  2. Log in to the NSX Manager appliance.
  3. (Optional) If you are installing Global Manager on vSphere, configure a compute manager.
    See Add a Compute Manager.
    Note: If you are at this step while installing the standby Global Manager, you must configure a separate compute manager. Do not use the same compute manager that you configured for the active Global Manager.
  4. Create a Global Manager cluster. See Cluster Requirements for an Individual Site for design recommendations.
  5. Configure a VIP for the Global Manager cluster.
  6. In a different location, install a standby Global Manager appliance and form a cluster by repeating these steps.

What to do next

Select the designated Global Manager appliance as active and connect it with the standby Global Manager.