You can configure an NSX Edge in the NSX Manager UI and automatically deploy the NSX Edge in vCenter Server.

Prerequisites

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

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

  • If you do not already have one, create the target VM port group network. It is recommended to place NSX-T appliances on a management VM network.

    If you have multiple management networks, you can add static routes to the other networks from the NSX-T appliance.

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

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

  • See NSX Edge network requirements in NSX Edge Networking Setup.

  • Verify that the vCenter Server is registered as a compute manager.

  • Verify that the vCenter Server datastore on which the NSX Edge is being installed has a minimum of 120GB available.

  • Verify that the vCenter Server Cluster or Host has access to the specified networks and datastore in the configuration.

Procedure

  1. From your browser, log in to an NSX Manager at https:nsx-manager-ip-address.
  2. Select Fabric > Nodes > Edges > Add Edge VM.
  3. Type a name for the NSX Edge.
  4. Type the Host name or FQDN from vCenter Server.
  5. Select a configuration size: small, medium, or large.

    The system requirements vary depending on the configuration size.

  6. Specify the CLI and the root passwords for the systems.

    The restrictions on the root and CLI admin passwords also apply for automatic deployment.

  7. Select the Compute Manager from the drop-down menu.

    The Compute Manager is the vCenter Server registered in the Management Plane.

  8. For the Compute Manager, select a cluster from the drop-down menu or assign a resource pool.
  9. Select a datastore to store the NSX Edge virtual machine files.
  10. Select the cluster on which to deploy the NSX Edge VM.

    It is recommended to add the NSX Edge in a cluster that provides network management utilities.

  11. Select the IP address and type the management network IP addresses and paths on which to place the NSX Edge interfaces.

    The management network must be able to access the NSX Manager. You can change the networks after the NSX Edge is deployed.

  12. Add a default gateway if the management network IP address does not belong to same Layer 2 as the NSX Manager network.

    Verify that Layer 3 connectivity is available between NSX Manager and NSX Edge management network.

Results

The NSX Edge deployment takes a 1-2 minutes to complete. You can track the real-time status of the deployment in the UI.

What to do next

If the NSX Edge deployment fails, navigate to /var/log/cm-inventory/cm-inventory.log and /var/log/proton/nsxapi.log files to troubleshoot the problem.

Before you add the NSX Edge to an NSX Edge cluster or configure as a transport node, make sure that the newly created NSX Edge node appears as Node Ready.