After the NSX Manager is successfully connected to the vCenter Server, you must deploy the three NSX Controller nodes that form the NSX Controller cluster. You must deploy every node only after the previous one is successfully deployed.

About this task

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Promote the NSX Manager to the primary role.
    1. Under Inventories, click Networking & Security.
    2. In the Navigator, click Installation.
    3. On the Management tab, click the 172.16.11.66 instance.
    4. Click the Actions menu and click Assign Primary Role.
    5. In the Assign Primary Role confirmation dialog box, click Yes.
  3. Configure an IP pool for the NSX Controller cluster
    1. Click the Home icon and choose Networking & Security.
    2. In the Navigator, click NSX Managers.
    3. Under NSX Managers, click the 172.16.11.66 instance.
    4. Click the Manage tab, click Grouping Objects, click IP Pools, and click the Add New IP Pool icon.
    5. In the Add Static IP Pool dialog box, enter the following settings and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      sfo01w01-nsxc01

      Gateway

      172.16.31.253

      Prefix Length

      24

      Primary DNS

      172.16.11.5

      Secondary DNS

      172.16.11.4

      DNS Suffix

      sfo01.rainpole.local

      Static IP Pool

      172.16.31.118-172.16.31.120

  4. Deploy the NSX Controller cluster.

    1. In the Navigator, click the Home icon and choose Networking & Security to go back, then click Installation.

    2. On the Management tab, under NSX Controller nodes, click the Add icon to deploy three NSX Controller nodes with the same configuration.

    3. In the Add Controller page, enter the following settings and click OK.You configure a password only during the deployment of the first controller. The other controllers will use the same password.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      nsx-controller-w01-01

      NSX Manager

      172.16.11.66

      Datacenter

      sfo01-w01dc

      Cluster/Resource Pool

      sfo01-w01rp-sddc-edge

      Datastore

      sfo01-w01-vsan01

      Folder

      sfo01-w01fd-nsx

      Connected To

      sfo01-w01-vds01-Management

      IP Pool

      sfo01w01-nsxc01

      Password

      sfonsx_controllers_password

      Confirm Password

      sfonsx_controllers_password

    4. When the status of the controller node changes to Connected, repeat the step and deploy the two remaining NSX Controller nodes in the controller cluster using the same configuration, incrementing the name by 1 each time.

  5. Configure DRS affinity rules for the NSX Controller nodes.

    1. Return to the Home page.

    2. In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters and expand the sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree control.

    3. Select the sfo01-w01-consoldated01 cluster, and click the Configure tab.

    4. Under Configuration click VM/Host Rules.

    5. Click Add.

    6. In the sfo01-w01-consolidated01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, enter the following settings and click Add.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      anti-affinity-rule-nsxc

      Enable rule

      Selected

      Type

      Separate Virtual Machine

    7. In the Add Rule Member dialog box, select the check box next to each of the three NSX Controller virtual machines and click OK.

    8. In the sfo01-w01-consolidated01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, click OK.