This guide documents the steps to install and validate the basic functionalities of NSX-T Data Center (also known as NSX-T) in a vSphere environment. The vSphere feature VDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) will be used in the installation of NSX-T.
Note that this guide documents a very basic deployment. It is a foundation which you can modify and expand to include many features.
Detailed documentation of all the NSX-T features can be found in the NSX-T Data Center documentation set (https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center).
- vCenter Server (VC) - It provides NSX-T with access to the environment and objects it manages, such as virtual distributed switches and VMs. In NSX-T, a VC is called a compute manager. NSX-T supports multiple compute managers.
- ESXi hosts - After NSX-T modules are installed on an ESXi host, it is called a host transport node. Network services for VMs running on the host can be provided by NSX-T.
- NSX Edge nodes - VMs that provide network services to all the NSX-T components. Also known as edge transport nodes.
- NSX Managers - VMs that provide a browser-based GUI for administering the NSX-T environment.
- Segment - A logical switch that can connect VMs to gateways and a tier-0 gateway to a physical router.
- Tier-1 gateway - A logical router that routes traffic between segments.
- Tier-0 gateway - A logical router that connects tier-1 gateways to a physical router so that segments have external connectivity.
The procedures in this guide will create the following NSX-T environment. It is assumed that a physical router already exists in your data center.
- Deploy three NSX Manager VMs to form a manager cluster.
- Configure a vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS).
- Create an uplink profile and configure host transport nodes.
- Deploy two NSX Edge VMs to form an edge cluster.
- Create and configure one tier-0 gateway for north-south traffic.
- Create and configure two tier-1 gateways to route traffic from tenant VMs.
- Create and configure three segments (logical switches) for tenant VMs.
- Deploy three test VMs to test north-south and east-west connectivity.