The NSX Edge provides routing services and connectivity to networks that are external to the NSX-T deployment. An NSX Edge is required if you want to deploy a tier-0 router or a tier-1 router with network address translation (NAT).

Table 1. NSX Edge Deployment, Platforms, and Installation Requirements

Requirements

Description

Supported deployment methods

  • OVA/OVF

  • ISO with PXE

  • ISO without PXE

Supported platforms

NSX Edge is supported only on ESXi or on bare metal.

NSX Edge is not supported on KVM.

PXE installation

The Password string must be encrypted with sha-512 algorithm for the root and admin user password.

NSX-T appliance password

  • At least eight characters

  • At least one lower-case letter

  • At least one upper-case letter

  • At least one digit

  • At least one special character

  • At least five different characters

  • No dictionary words

  • No palindromes

Hostname

When installing NSX Edge, specify a hostname that does not contain invalid characters such as an underscore. If the hostname contains any invalid character, after deployment the hostname will be set to localhost. For more information about hostname restrictions, see https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc952 and https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1123.

VMware Tools

The NSX Edge VM running on ESXi has VMTools installed. Do not remove or upgrade VMTools.

NSX Edge Installation Scenarios

Important:

When you install NSX Edge from an OVA or OVF file, either from vSphere Web Client or the command line, OVA/OVF property values such as user names, passwords, or IP addresses are not validated before the VM is powered on.

  • If you specify a user name for the admin or audit user, the name must be unique. If you specify the same name, it is ignored and the default names (admin and audit) is used.

  • If the password for the admin user does not meet the complexity requirements, you must log in to NSX Edge through SSH or at the console as the admin user. You are prompted to change the password.

  • If the password for the audit user does not meet the complexity requirements, the user account is disabled. To enable the account, log in to NSX Edge through SSH or at the console as the admin user and run the command set user audit to set the audit user's password (the current password is an empty string).

  • If the password for the root user does not meet the complexity requirements, you must log in to NSX Edge through SSH or at the console as root with the password vmware. You are prompted to change the password.

Note:

The core services on the appliance do not start until a password with sufficient complexity has been set.

After you deploy NSX Edge from an OVA file, you cannot change the VM's IP settings by powering off the VM and modifying the OVA settings from vCenter Server.