You create a cluster of NSX-T Manager nodes by first deploying and configuring an NSX-T Manager appliance. You then add two nodes of the cluster.


  1. In a Web browser, log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    Setting Value
    URL https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the Hosts and clusters inventory, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree and expand the sfo01-m01dc data center.
  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 compute resource page, select the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 cluster and click Next.
  7. On the Review details page, click Next.
  8. On the Select configuration page, select Large and click Next.
  9. On the Select storage page, configure the 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, configure the settings, and click Next.
    Table 1. Application
    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
    Table 2. Network Properties
    Setting Value
    Host name sfo01wnsx01a.sfo01.rainpole.local
    Role name nsx-manager
    Default IPv4 Gateway
    Management Network IPv4 Address
    Management Network Netmask
    Table 3. DNS
    Setting Value
    DNS Server List,
    Domain Search List sfo01.rainpole.local
    Table 4. Server Configuration
    Setting Value
    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.
    Setting Value
    URL https://sfo01wnsx01a.sfo01.rainpole.local
    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.