You can use the vSphere Client to deploy the NSX Manager to the vSphere cluster and use it with vSphere with Tanzu.

To deploy the NSX Manager using the OVA file, perform the steps in this procedure.

For information about deploying the NSX Manager through the user interface or CLI, see the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.



  1. Locate the NSX OVA file on the VMware download portal.
    Either copy the download URL or download the OVA file.
  2. Right-click and select Deploy OVF template to start the installation wizard.
  3. In the Select an OVF template tab, enter the download OVA URL or navigate to the OVA file.
  4. In the Select a name and folder tab, enter a name for the NSX Manager virtual machine (VM).
  5. In the Select a compute resource tab, select the vSphere cluster on which to deploy the NSX Manager.
  6. Click Next to review details.
  7. In the Configuration tab, select the NSX deployment size.
    The recommended minimum deployment size is Medium.
  8. In the Select storage tab, select the shared storage for deployment.
  9. Enable thin provisioning by selecting the Thin Provision in Select virtual disk format.
    The virtual disks are thick provisioned by default.
  10. In the Select networks tab, select the management port group or destination network for the NSX Manager in Destination Network.
    For example, DPortGroup-MGMT.
  11. In the Customize template tab, enter the system root, CLI admin, and audit passwords for the NSX Manager. Your passwords must comply with the password strength restrictions.
    • At least 12 characters.
    • At least one lower-case letter.
    • At least one upper-case letter.
    • At least one digit.
    • At least one special character.
    • At least five different characters.
    • Default password complexity rules are enforced by the Linux PAM module.
  12. Enter the default IPv4 gateway, management network IPv4, management network netmask, DNS server, domain search list, and NTP IP address.
  13. Enable SSH and allow root SSH login to the NSX Manager command line.
    By default, the SSH options are disabled for security reasons.
  14. Verify that your custom OVF template specification is accurate, and click Finish to initiate the installation.
  15. After the NSX Manager boots, log in to the CLI as admin and run the get interface eth0 command to verify that the IP address was applied as expected.
  16. Enter the get services command to verify that all the services are running.