Before you deploy the NSX-T components, verify that your environment satisfies the requirements for this deployment.

IP Addresses and Host Names

Verify that the static IP addresses and FQDNs for all components are allocated on the DNS server and are available for deployment.

Table 1. VLAN IDs and IP Subnets for the ESXi Hosts of the Workload Domain

VLAN Function

VLAN ID

Subnet

Gateway

ESXi Management

1641

172.16.41.0/24

172.16.41.253

vSphere vMotion

1642

172.16.42.0/24

172.16.42.253

vSAN

1643

172.16.43.0/24

172.16.43.253

Host overlay

1644

172.16.44.0/24

172.16.44.253

Uplink01

1647

172.16.47.0/24

172.16.47.253

Uplink02

1648

172.16.48.0/24

172.16.48.253

Edge overlay

1649

172.16.49.0/24

172.16.49.253

Table 2. FQDNs and IP Addresses for the ESXi Hosts of the Workload Domain

ESXi Host FQDN

Management IP Address

NTP Server

sfo01w02esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.101

ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01w02esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.102

ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01w02esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.103

ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01w02esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.104

ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

Table 3. FQDN and IP Address of the Compute vCenter Server

vCenter Server FQDN

IP Address

sfo01w02vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.67

Table 4. IP Addresses and Host Names for the NSX-T Components

Role

FQDN

IP Address

NSX-T Manager instances

sfo01wnsx01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.82

sfo01wnsx01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.83

sfo01wnsx01c.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.84

sfo01wnsx01.sfo01.rainpole.local (VIP)

172.16.11.81

Edge Services Gateway 01

sfo01wesg01.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.21 (Management)

172.16.49.21 (Overlay)

172.16.47.2 (Uplink 1)

172.16.48.2 (Uplink 2)

Edge Services Gateway 02

sfo01wesg02.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.41.22 (Management)

172.16.49.22 (Overlay)

172.16.47.3 (Uplink 1)

172.16.48.3 (Uplink 2)

Subnet mask

-

255.255.255.0

DNS

-

172.16.11.5

172.16.11.4

NTP Servers

ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

  • 172.16.11.251

  • 172.16.11.252

Deployment Prerequisites

Verify that your environment satisfies the following prerequisites for the deployment.

Prerequisite

Value

Storage in the Management Cluster

  • Virtual disk provisioning: Thin

  • Required storage per NSX-T Manager:

    • Initial storage: 200 GB

    • Initial storage aggregated for all NSX-T Managers: 600 GB

Memory in the Management Cluster

  • Required memory per NSX-T Manger node

    • Required memory: 48 GB

    • Required memory aggregated for all NSX-T Manager nodes: 144 GB

Network Connectivity Verify that routing is in place between the management IP subnets of the management cluster and the new workload domain.

Software Features

  • Verify that the Management vCenter Server is operational.

  • Verify that the management cluster has vSphere DRS and vSphere HA enabled.

  • Verify that you have the Postman REST client installed in your Web browser.

Installation Packages

  • Download the .iso image for ESXi and the vCenter Server Appliance.

  • Download the .ova file for the NSX-T Unified Appliance and NSX-T Edge Node.

Boot Media for the ESXi Installer Create a bootable USB drive and upload the ESXi installer to it. See the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.

Active Directory

  • Verify that you have a parent Active Directory with the SDDC user roles configured for the rainpole.local domain.

Certificate Authority and Custom Signed Certificates

  • Configure the root Active Directory domain controller as a certificate authority for the environment.

  • Download the CertGenVVD-version.zip file of the Certificate Generation Utility and generate the signed certificate for the NSX-T Manager instances. See VMware Knowledge Base article 2146215.

Access to the data center Provide a Microsoft Windows virtual machine or physical server to provide connection to the data center and store software downloads. The host must be connected to the external network and to the ESXi management network.