Create a new NSX-T environment on a separate hardware with a topology of your choice. This new NSX-T environment coexists while you are still using the existing NSX-V environment.

NSX-T environment must use its own dedicated Compute cluster. It can either use separate Edge and Management clusters or share them with the existing NSX-V environment.

The following procedure outlines the high-level workflow to prepare a new NSX-T environment. For detailed steps about deploying the NSX-T infrastructure, see the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.


  1. Deploy NSX Manager appliances.

    In a production environment, add an NSX Manager cluster with three appliances. However, for migrating workloads using a bridge and vSphere vMotion, a single NSX Manager appliance is adequate.

  2. Deploy a vCenter Server appliance.

    The vCenter Server must be added as a compute manager in NSX-T. You can share the vCenter Server that is used in NSX-V or deploy another one in NSX-T.

  3. Deploy an appropriate number and size of NSX Edge nodes for north-south routing based on the requirements of your topology.
  4. Join the NSX Edge nodes to the management network.
  5. Configure NSX-T on the NSX Edge nodes.
  6. Set up one or more Compute clusters based on your requirements.
  7. Install NSX-T on the Compute clusters. The hosts in the cluster now become host transport nodes.