NSX-T 2.5: Deploy and add Compute Manager


At first, we need to deploy OVF appliance.

1 – Right Click on vCenter and Deploy OVF template.

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2 – Select the file OVF.

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3 – Select the name and location.

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4 – Select resources.

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5 – Select the appliance size.

Note: Extra small size is just for Cloud Service manager

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6 – Select the datastore you want to deploy the appliance.

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7 – Select the network you want to manage the appliance.

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8 – Customize the template as DNS, NTP, IP address, gateway, password etc.

Important: Check enable ssh before deploy the appliance.

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9 – Review the summary and click finish

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Second, validate appliance configuration.

1 – When the deployment is finished, turn on the virtual appliance and login into the console as a admin user, validate the configuration interface.

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2 – Validate the following services by running get services.

Note: The following services are not running by default: liagent, migration-coordinator, and snmp.

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We can start them as follows:

start service liagent

start service migration-coordinator

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3 – Vefiry the connectivity by testing the following tasks.

  • The NSX Manager can ping its default gateway.
  • The NSX Manager can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Manager using the management interface.
  • The NSX Manager can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.

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Third, now we are ready to connect NSX-T to vCenter Server.

1 – Connect to the NSX-T GUI by opening a web browser and navigating to the NSX-T Manager IP address.

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2 – After log in with admin credencials read and accept the EULA terms.

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3 – Now select System > Fabric > Compute Managers > Add.

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4 – And fill the spaces as follow.

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If we left the thumbprint value blank, we are prompted to accept the server provided thumbprint.

5 – Validate compute manager’s name to view the details.

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Now we are ready to use NSX-T 2.5!

Hoping you have enjoyed this post, see you next time.

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