If you prefer an interactive NSX Edge installation, you can use a UI-based VM management tool, such as the vSphere Client connected to vCenter Server.

About this task

In this release of NSX-T, IPv6 is not supported.


  • Verify that the system requirements are met. See System Requirements.

  • Verify that the required ports are open. See Ports and Protocols.

  • If you don't already have one, create the target VM port group network. Most deployments place NSX appliances on a management VM network.

    If you have multiple management networks, you can add static routes to the other networks from the NSX appliance. Prepare management VM port group on which NSX appliances will communicate.

  • Plan your IPv4 IP address scheme. In this release of NSX-T, IPv6 is not supported.

  • Privileges to deploy an OVF template on the ESXi host.

  • Choose hostnames that do not include underscores. Otherwise, the hostname is set to localhost.

  • A management tool that can deploy OVF templates, such as vCenter Server or the vSphere Client.

    The OVF deployment tool must support configuration options to allow for manual configuration.

  • The Client Integration Plug-in must be installed.


  1. Locate the NSX Edge OVA or OVF file.

    Either copy the download URL or download the OVA file onto your computer.

  2. In the management tool, launch the Deploy OVF template wizard and navigate or link to the .ova file.
  3. Enter a name for the NSX Edge, and select a folder or datacenter.

    The name you type will appear in the inventory.

    The folder you select will be used to apply permissions to the NSX Edge.

  4. Select a configuration size: small, medium, or large.

    The system requirements vary depending on the configuration size. See the NSX-T Release Notes.

  5. Select a datastore to store the NSX Edge virtual appliance files.
  6. If you are installing in vCenter, select a host or cluster on which to deploy the NSX Edge appliance.

    Normally, you would place the NSX Edge in a cluster that provides network management utilities.

  7. Select the networks on which to place the NSX Edge interfaces.

    You can change the networks after the NSX Edge is deployed.

  8. Set the NSX Edge password and IP settings.

    For example, this screen shows the final review screen after all the options are configured.

  9. For optimal performance, reserve memory for the NSX component.

    A memory reservation is a guaranteed lower bound on the amount of physical memory that the host reserves for a virtual machine, even when memory is overcommitted. Set the reservation to a level that ensures the NSX component has sufficient memory to run efficiently. See System Requirements.


Open the console of the NSX Edge to track the boot process. If the window doesn’t open, make sure that pop-ups are allowed.

After the NSX Edge is completely booted, log in to the CLI and run the get interface eth0 command to verify that the IP address was applied as expected.

nsx-edge-1> get interface eth0 

Interface: eth0
  MAC address: 00:50:56:86:62:4d
  MTU: 1500
  Default gateway:
  Broadcast address:

If needed, run the set interface eth0 ip <CIDR> gateway <gateway-ip> plane mgmt command to update the management interface. Optionally, you can start the SSH service with the start service ssh command.

Ensure that your NSX Edge appliance has the required connectivity.

  • Make sure that you can ping your NSX Edge.

  • Make sure that the NSX Edge can ping its default gateway.

  • Make sure that your NSX Edge can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Edge.

  • Make sure that the NSX Edge can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.

  • If you enabled SSH, make sure that you can SSH to your NSX Edge.


If connectivity is not established, make sure the VM network adapter is in the proper network or VLAN.

By default, the NSX Edge datapath claims all virtual machine NICs except the management NIC (the one that has an IP address and a default route). If DHCP assigns the wrong NIC as management, you can correct this as follows:

  1. stop service dataplane

  2. set interface eth0 dhcp plane mgmt

  3. Place eth0 into the DHCP network and wait for an IP address to be assigned to eth0.

  4. start service dataplane

The datapath fp-ethX ports used for the VLAN uplink and the tunnel overlay are shown in the get interfaces and get physical-port commands on the NSX Edge.

What to do next

Join the NSX Edge with the management plane. See Join NSX Edge with the Management Plane.