After the NSX Manager is successfully connected to the Management vCenter Server, you must promote it to the primary role and deploy the three NSX Controller nodes that form the NSX Controller cluster.

About this task

You must deploy every node only after the previous one is successfully deployed.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.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, select the 172.16.11.65 instance.
    4. Click the Actions menu and click Assign Primary Role.
    5. In the 172.16.11.65 - Assign Primary Role dialog, click Yes.
  3. Configure an IP pool for the NSX Controller cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, click NSX Managers.
    2. Under NSX Managers, click the 172.16.11.65 instance.
    3. Click the Manage tab, click Grouping Objects, click IP Pools, and click the Add New IP Pool icon.
    4. In the Add Static IP Pool dialog, enter the following settings and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      sfo01-mgmt01-nsxc01

      Gateway

      172.16.11.253

      Prefix Length

      24

      Primary DNS

      172.16.11.5

      Secondary DNS

      172.16.11.4

      DNS Suffix

      sfo01.rainpole.local

      Static IP Pool

      172.16.11.118-172.16.11.120

  4. Deploy the NSX Controller cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking & Security to go back, and click Installation.
    2. 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

      • sfo01m01nsxc01 for controller 1

      • sfo01m01nsxc02 for controller 2

      • sfo01m01nsxc03 for controller 3

      NSX Manager

      172.16.11.65

      Datacenter

      sfo01-m01dc

      Cluster/Resource Pool

      sfo01-m01-mgmt01

      Datastore

      sfo01-m01-vsan01

      Folder

      sfo01-m01fd-nsx

      Connected To

      sfo01-m01-vds01-management

      IP Pool

      sfo01-mgmt01-nsxc01

      Password

      mgmtnsx_controllers_password

      Confirm Password

      mgmtnsx_controllers_password

    4. After the Status of the controller node changes to Connected, repeat the step and deploy the two remaining NSX Controller nodes in the controller cluster with the same configuration.
  5. Configure DRS affinity rules for the NSX Controller nodes.
    1. Go back to the Home page.
    2. In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters, and expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    3. Select the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 cluster, and click the Configure tab.
    4. Under Configuration, click VM/Host Rules.
    5. Click Add.
    6. In the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog, enter the following settings and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      anti-affinity-rule-nsxc

      Enable rule

      Selected

      Type

      Separate Virtual Machine

    7. In the Add Rule Member dialog, select the check box next to each of the three NSX Controller virtual machines and click OK.
    8. In the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog, click OK.