NSX-T 2.5: Create an NSX Edge Transport Node


An NSX Edge Node is a transport node that runs the local control plane. The Edge Nodes are service appliances dedicated to running centralized network services that cannot be distributed to the hypervisors.

Important:

An NSX Edge can belong to one overlay transport zone and multiple VLAN transport zones. An NSX Edge belongs to at least one VLAN transport zone to provide the uplink access.

Follow the steps below to create a NSX Edge.

1 – Select System > Fabric > Nodes > Edge Transport Nodes > Add Edge VM.

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2 – Type a name for the NSX Edge and the Host name or FQDN.

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3 – Specify the CLI and the root passwords for the NSX Edge.

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4 – Enter the NSX Edge details.

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5 – Enter the NSX Edge interface details.

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6 – Select the transport zones that this transport node belongs to and Enter the N-VDS information for Overlay Network.

Note: An NSX Edge transport node belongs to at least two transport zones, an overlay for NSX-T Data Center connectivity and a VLAN for uplink connectivity.

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7 – Enter the N-VDS information for VLAN network

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Note: Uplink interfaces are displayed as DPDK Fastpath Interfaces if the NSX Edge is installed using NSX Manager or on a Bare Metal server.

8 – Validate the configuration.

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9 – validate the configuration by ssh with the following commands.

# get interface eth0

# get managers

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NSX-T 2.5: Configure a Managed Host Transport Node


If we have a vCenter Server, we can automate the installation and creation of transport nodes on all the NSX-T Data Center hosts instead of configuring manually.

If the transport node is already configured, then automated transport node creation is not applicable for that node.

Follow the steps below to configure it.

1 – Select System > Fabric > Nodes > Host Transport Nodes, from the Managed By drop-down menu, select an existing vCenter Server and Select the hosts from the list and click Configure NSX.

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2 – Select the Transport Node Profile and click save.

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3 – Validate the Configuration State and Node Status will show Success and Up.

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4 – Visualize the N-VDS from vCenter Server.

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To identify TEP IP and basic connectivity test follow the steps below.

1 – System -> Fabric -> Nodes -> Host Transport Nodes -> Select the Site A’s vCenter Server -> Select the Host. Click Physical Adapters -> Look for vmk10 and click the Interface Details icon.

It will display the TEP IP configured.

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2 – View the ESXi connection status by running.

# esxcli network ip connection list | grep 1235

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3 – Login on to the esxi host and running the command below:

# esxcli network ip interface ipv4 get

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4 – Run the following command to perform a ping test using the TEP interface:

# vmkping ++netstack=vxlan 10.10.2.202

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NSX-T 2.5: Configure Transport Node Profile


A transport node profile captures the configuration required to create a transport node. Transport node profiles define an IP Pool, Transport Zone(s) and Uplink profile (created in the previous blogs) in a single configuration profile that is applied to the Transport nodes hypervisors.

The transport node profile can be applied to an existing vCenter Server cluster to create transport nodes for the member hosts.

Follow the steps below to configure it.

1- Select System > Fabric > Profiles > Transport Node Profiles > Add.

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2 – Enter a name to identify the transport node profile and select the available transport zones.

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3 – Click the N-VDS tab and enter the switch details.

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4 – Validate the configuration.

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