To create a cluster of NSX-T Manager nodes, first you deploy one NSX-T Manager appliance and configure it. After you complete the configuration of the first node, you add the other two nodes of the cluster.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In Hosts and Clusters inventory, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
  3. Right-click the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Deploy OVF Template.
  4. On the Select template page, navigate to the .ova file of the NSX-T unified appliance, and click Next.  
  5. On the Select name and location page, enter the following settings and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Name

    sfo01wnsx01a

    Folder or data center

    sfo01-m01fd-nsx

  6. On the Select a resource page, select the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Next.
  7. On the Review details page, review the extra configuration option message and click Next.
  8. On the Select Configuration page, select Large and click Next.
  9. On the Select storage page, enter the following settings and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Select virtual disk format

    Thin Provision

    VM Storage Policy

    vSAN Default Storage Policy

    Datastore

    sfo01-m01-vsan01

  10. On the Select networks page, select sfo01-m01-vds01-management as the Destination Network and click Next.
  11. On the Customize template page, enter the following settings, and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    System Root User Password / Confirm Password

    nsx_t_root_password

    CLI "admin" User Password / Confirm Password

    nsx_t_admin_password

    CLI "audit" User Password / Confirm Password

    nsx_t_audit_password

    Setting

    Value

    Host name

    sfo01wnsx01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

    Role name

    nsx-manager nsx-controller

    Default IPv4 Gateway

    172.16.11.253

    Management Network IPv4 Address

    172.16.11.82

    Management Network Netmask

    255.255.255.0

    Setting

    Value

    DNS Server List

    172.16.11.5 172.16.11.4

    Domain Search List

    sfo01.rainpole.local

    NTP Server List

    ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

    Enable SSH

    Selected

    Allow root SSH login

    Deselected

  12. On the Ready to complete page, click Finish.
  13. After the deployment is complete, power on the NSX-T Manager appliance.
    1. In the VMs and Templates inventory, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Expand the sfo01-m01fd-nsx folder.
    3. Right-click the sfo01wnsx01a virtual machine, and select Power > Power On.
  14. Log in to the user interface of the first NSX-T Manager appliance.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01wnsx01a.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name admin
      Password nsx_admin_password
  15. Accept the end-user license agreement and click Continue.
  16. Join the VMware Customer Experience Program and click Save.
  17. Close the alert stating the management cluster is degraded.