NSX-T components are not dedicated to a specific vCenter Server instance or vSphere construct. You can share them across different vSphere environments.

Although an NSX-T deployment is not associated with a vCenter Server instance, it supports only single-region deployments. This design discusses a shared edge and compute cluster and compute clusters in a single region.

Table 1. NSX-T Design Decisions

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implications


Deploy a single NSX-T Manager to configure and manage the NSX-T based shared edge and compute cluster and all additional NSX-T based compute clusters in a single region.

Provides support for software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities such as load balancing, firewalls and logical switching.

You must install and configure NSX-T Manager in a highly available management cluster.


In the management cluster, add the NSX-T Manager to the distributed firewall exclusion list of NSX for vSphere.

Ensures that the management plane is still available if a misconfiguration of the distributed firewall of NSX for vSphere occurs.