Add NSX Manager Nodes

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This topic provides instructions for deploying additional NSX Manager nodes and forming the NSX Management Cluster for use with VMware Enterprise PKS.

Prerequisites

Make sure you have completed all preceding NSX-T installation tasks.

About the NSX-T Management Cluster

The NSX-T Management Cluster is a collection of three NSX Manager nodes for high availability. You can deploy additional NSX-T Manager nodes using the NSX-T Manager web interface. All repository details and user credentials are synchronized across NSX-T Manager Nodes by the management cluster database.

For more information, see Deploy NSX Manager Nodes to Form a Cluster from UI in the NSX-T Data Center documentation.

Deploy Additional NSX Manager Nodes

Complete the following procedure to deploy additional manager nodes and form the NSX-T Management Cluster:

  1. From your browser, log in with admin privileges to NSX Manager at https://NSX-MANAGER-IP-ADDRESS.

  2. In NSX-T Manager, select System > Overview > Add Nodes.

  3. Enter the NSX-T Manager common attribute details as follows:

    • Compute Manager: Registered resource compute manager is populated.
    • Enable SSH: Toggle the button to allow an SSH login to the new NSX Manager node.
    • Enable Root Access: Toggle the button to allow the root access to the new NSX Manager node.
    • CLI Username and Password Confirmation: The CLI username is set to admin. The password must comply with the password strength restrictions.
    • Root Password and Password Confirmation: Set the root password for the new node. The password must comply with the password strength restrictions.
    • DNS Servers: Enter the DNS server IP address available in the vCenter Server.
    • NTP Servers: Enter the NTP server IP address.
    • Form Factor: Select Medium (default) or Large. Do not select Small.
  4. Click Next.

  5. At the Nodes tab, enter the configuration details for the second NSX-T Manager node:

    • Name: Enter a name for the NSX-T Manager node, such as nsx-manager-2.
    • Cluster: Designate the cluster the node is going to join from the drop-down menu.
    • Resource Pool or Host: Select the infra resource pool from the drop-down menu.
    • Datastore: Select a datastore for the node files from the drop-down menu.
    • Network: Assign the network from the drop-down menu.
    • Management IP/Netmask: Enter the IP address and netmask.
    • Management Gateway: Enter the gateway IP address.
  6. Click Add Node and configure a third NSX Manager node:

    • Name: Enter a name for the NSX-T Manager node, such as nsx-manager-3.
    • Cluster: Designate the cluster the node is going to join from the drop-down menu.
    • Resource Pool or Host: Select the infra resource pool from the drop-down menu.
    • Datastore: Select a datastore for the node files from the drop-down menu.
    • Network: Assign the network from the drop-down menu.
    • Management IP/Netmask: Enter the IP address and netmask.
    • Management Gateway: Enter the gateway IP address.
  7. Click Finish.

  8. The additional NSX-T Manager nodes are deployed.

Verify the NSX Management Cluster

  1. Verify the deployment of the additional NSX Manager nodes.
    • At the System > Overview > Management Cluster, you should see the deployment of the additional nodes.
    • Wait for 10-15 minutes for the deployment, cluster formation, and repository synchronization to complete.
    • Track the deployment process at the System > Overview screen in vCenter Server.

Next Step

Configure VIP Address for the NSX-T Management Cluster.

Installation Instructions

See Installing and Configuring NSX-T v2.5 for Enterprise PKS.


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