NSX-T has specific requirements regarding hardware resources and software versions.

Hypervisor

Table 1. Hypervisor Requirements

Hypervisor

Version

CPU Cores

Memory

ESXi

6.5

4

16 GB

RHEL KVM

7.3

4

16 GB

Ubuntu KVM

16.04.x

4

16 GB

For ESXi, NSX-T does not support the Host Profiles and Auto Deploy features.

Caution:

On RHEL, the yum update command might update the kernel version and break the compatibility with NSX-T. Be sure to disable the automatic kernel update when you run yum update. Also, after running yum install, verify that the kernel version is supported by NSX-T.

NSX Manager

Table 2. NSX Manager Resource Requirements

Appliance

Memory

vCPU

NSX Manager Small VM

8 GB

2

NSX Manager Medium VM

16 GB

4

NSX Manager Large VM

32 GB

8

NSX Controller

Table 3. NSX Controller Resource Requirements

Appliance

Memory

vCPU

Disk Space

NSX Controller

16 GB

4

120 GB

NSX Edge

Table 4. NSX Edge Resource Requirements

Deployment Size

Memory

vCPU

Disk Space

VM Hardware Version

Small

4 GB

2

120 GB

10 or later (vSphere 5.5 or later)

Medium

8 GB

4

120 GB

10 or later (vSphere 5.5 or later)

Large

16 GB

8

120 GB

10 or later (vSphere 5.5 or later)

Note:

For NSX Manager and NSX Edge, the small appliance is for proof-of-concept deployments. The medium appliance is suitable for a typical production environment and can support up to 64 hypervisors. The large appliance is for large scale deployments with more than 64 hypervisors.

Table 5. NSX Edge Physical Hardware Requirements

Hardware

Type

CPU

  • Xeon 56xx (Westmere-EP)

  • Xeon E7-xxxx (Westmere-EX)

  • Xeon E5-xxxx (Sandy Bridge)

NIC

  • Intel 82599

  • Intel X540

Bare-Metal NSX Edge System Requirements

Supported Network Adapter Product Codes

  • X520QDA1

  • E10G42BT (X520-T2)

  • E10G42BTDA (X520-DA2)

  • E10G42BTDABLK

  • X520DA1OCP

  • X520DA2OCP

  • E10G41BFSR (X520-SR1)

  • E10G41BFSRBLK

  • E10G42BFSR (X520-SR2)

  • E10G42BFSRBLK

  • E10G41BFLR (X520-LR1)

  • E10G41BFLRBL

NIC PCI Device ID

Description

0x10F7

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KX4

0x1514

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KX4_MEZZ

0x1517

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_KR

0x10F8

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_COMBO_BACKPLANE

0x000C

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_KX4_KR_MEZZ

0x10F9

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_CX4

0x10FB

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP

0x11A9

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_SFP

0x1F72

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_RNDC

0x17D0

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_560FLR

0x0470

IXGBE_SUBDEV_ID_82599_ECNA_DP

0x152A

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_BACKPLANE_FCOE

0x1529

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_FCOE

0x1507

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_EM

0x154D

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_SF2

0x154A

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_SFP_SF_QP

0x1558

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_QSFP_SF_QP

0x1557

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599EN_SFP

0x10FC

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_XAUI_LOM

0x151C

IXGBE_DEV_ID_82599_T3_LOM

0x1528

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X540T

0x1560

IXGBE_DEV_ID_X540T1

NSX Manager Browser Support

Table 6. NSX Manager Browser Support

Browser

Windows 10

Windows 8.1

Ubuntu 14.04

Mac OSX 10.11. 10.12

Internet Explorer 11

Yes

Yes

Firefox 55

Yes

Yes

Chrome 60

Yes

Yes

Yes

Safari 10

Yes

Microsoft Edge 40

Yes

Note:

Internet Explorer compatibility mode is not supported.

Distributed Network Encryption (DNE)

Table 7. DNE Key Manager Resource Requirements

Appliance

Memory

vCPU

Disk Space

DNE Key Manager

8 GB

2

20 GB

Additional requirements include:

  • DNE is supported only on vSphere 6.5.

  • For KVM, the integrity only option is supported only on >4.2 kernels.

  • It is recommended to deploy the NSX Edge node on a separate L3 subnet.

  • It is recommended to deploy DNE on vSphere HA.