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

Hypervisor Requirements

Hypervisor

Version

CPU Cores

Memory

vSphere

6.5 GA and 6.5 U1

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 NSX-T supports the kernel version.

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 Resource Requirements

Appliance

Memory

vCPU

Disk Space

NSX Controller

16 GB

4

120 GB

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 1. NSX Edge and Bare-Metal NSX Edge Physical Hardware Requirements

Hardware

Type

CPU

  • Xeon 56xx (Westmere-EP) and later

  • Xeon E7-xxxx (Westmere-EX) and later

  • Xeon E5-xxxx (Sandy Bridge) and later

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

Note:

VMXNET 3 vNIC is only supported for VM NSX Edge.

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 11 in compatibility mode is not supported.

Supported Browser minimum resolution is 1280 x 800 px.

Distributed Network Encryption (DNE) 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.

  • DNE Key Manager is supported on vSphere with HA.

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

  • Deploy the NSX Edge node on a separate L3 subnet.

  • If an encryption rule is applied on a hypervisor, the virtual tunnel endpoint (VTEP) interface minimum MTU size must be 1700. MTU size 2000 or later is preferred.