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 deploy the nodes one at a time only after the previous node 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://nyc01r01vc01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Configure an IP pool for the NSX Controller cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, click Groups and Tags.
    2. Under NSX Managers, click the 172.18.11.65 instance.
    3. Click the IP Pools tab and click the Add New IP Pool icon.
    4. In the Add Static IP Pool dialog box, enter the following settings, and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      nyc01-robo01-nsxc01

      Gateway

      172.18.11.253

      Prefix Length

      24

      Primary DNS

      172.18.11.4

      Secondary DNS

      172.16.11.4

      DNS Suffix

      rainpole.local

      Static IP Pool

      172.18.11.118-172.18.11.120

  3. Deploy the NSX Controller cluster. It is important to deploy every node only after the previous one is successfully deployed.
    1. In the Navigator, click Installation and Upgrade.
    2. Under NSX Controller nodes, click the Add icon to deploy three NSX Controller nodes with the same configuration.
    3. On the Add Controller page, under Password Settings, enter the following, and click Next.
      Note:

      You configure a password only during the deployment of the first controller. The other controllers use the same password.

      Setting

      Value

      NSX Manager

      172.18.11.65

      Password

      nycnsx_controllers_password

      Confirm Password

      nycnsx_controllers_password

    4. In the Add Controller page, under Deployment & Connectivity, enter the following values and click Finish.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      nyc01r01nsxc01

      Datacenter

      nyc01-r01dc

      Cluster/Resource Pool

      nyc01-edge

      Datastore

      nyc01-r01-vsan01

      Folder

      nyc01-r01fd-nsx

      Connected To

      nyc01-r01-vds01-management

      Select IP Pool

      nyc-nsxc01

    5. 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, incrementing the name by 1 each time.
  4. Enable Controller Disconnected Operation (CDO) Mode.
    1. Under Inventories, click Networking & Security.
    2. In the Navigator, click Installation and Upgrade.
    3. On the Management tab, select the 172.18.11.65 instance.
    4. Click the Actions menu and click Enable CDO Mode.
    5. In the Enable CDO Mode dialog box, click Yes.
  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 nyc01r01vc01.rainpole.local tree.
    3. Select the nyc01-r01-robo01 cluster, and click the Configure tab.
    4. Under Configuration, click VM/Host Rules.
    5. Click Add.
    6. In the nyc01-r01-robo01 - 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 nyc01-r01-robo01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, click OK.