Install the NSX Manager Unified Appliance for Enterprise PKS

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This topic provides instructions for installing the NSX Manager VM on vSphere for use with VMware Enterprise PKS.

Prerequisites

Make sure you have completed the Prerequisites for Installing NSX-T for Enterprise PKS.

About the NSX Manager Appliance

The NSX-T Manager VM is provided as an OVA file named the NSX Unified Appliance that you import into your vSphere environment and configure.

For more information, see Install the NSX Manager Unified Appliance and NSX Manager VM System Requirements in the NSX-T Data Center documentation.

Install and Configure the NSX Manager Appliance

Complete the following procedure to deploy the NSX Manager appliance:

  1. Download the NSX Manager v2.5.0 OVA file to your local machine.

  2. Log in to vCenter using the vSphere Client.

  3. Create a Resource Pool for NSX-T infrastructure, such as infra.

  4. In the vSphere Client, select the Resource Pool where you want to install NSX-T Data Center.

  5. Right-click and select Deploy OVF Template to start the installation wizard.

  6. On the Select an OVF template screen:

    1. Select the Local file option.
    2. Click Choose Files.
    3. Navigate to where you downloaded the OVA file and select it.
    4. Click Next.
  7. On the Select a name and folder screen:

    1. Enter a name for the NSX Manager VM, such as nsx-manager-1.
    2. Select the Datacenter for the VM deployment.
    3. Click Next.
  8. On the Select a compute resource screen:

    1. Select the Resource Pool where the NSX Manager VM will be deployed.
    2. Click Next.
  9. On the Review details screen:

    1. Verify the OVF template details.
    2. Click Next.
  10. On the Configuration screen:

    1. Select either the Medium size VM or the Large size VM.
    2. Click Next.
  11. On the Select storage screen:

    1. Select the vsanDatastore if you are using vSAN, or a dedicated datastore if you are not.
    2. Click Next.
  12. On the Select networks screen:

    1. Select Destination Network for the NSX Manager VM.
    2. Click Next.
  13. On the Customize Template screen, configure the following settings:

    1. System Root User Password: This password must comply with password strength restrictions.
    2. CLI “admin” User Password: This password must comply with password strength restrictions.
    3. CLI “audit” User Password: This password must comply with password strength restrictions.
    4. Hostname: Enter the hostname for the NSX Manager VM, such as nsx-manager-1.
    5. Default IPv4 Gateway: Enter the default gateway IPv4 address for the NSX Manager VM.
    6. Management Network IPv4 Address: Enter the IPv4 address for the first network interface.
    7. Management Network Netmask: Enter the netmask for the first network interface.
    8. DNS Server List: Enter one or more DNS servers (space-separated if multiple).
    9. NTP Server List: Enter one or more NTP servers (space-separated if multiple).
    10. Enable SSH: Select Enable SSH. By default, this setting is disabled for security reasons.
    11. Allow root SSH logins: Enable Allow root SSH logins. By default, this setting is disabled for security reasons.
    12. Click Next.
  14. On the Ready to complete screen:

    1. Verify that the OVF template specification is accurate.
    2. Click Finish to begin the installation. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  15. Expand the Recent Tasks panel at the bottom of the vCenter screen to view the progress of the OVA deployment.

Verify NSX-T Manager Installation

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

  2. Read and accept the EULA terms.

  3. Select whether to join the VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and click Save.

  4. Notice at the Welcome to NSX-T screen, you are alerted that 1 NSX Manager Node is installed and a “3 node cluster is recommended.” Before you can add additional NSX-T Manager nodes, you must add a Compute Manager.

  5. Navigate to the Advanced Networking & Security tab. This is the tab to use for creating and working with NSX-T objects for Enterprise PKS.

    Note: For Enterprise PKS, you must use the Advanced Networking and Security tab to create, read, update, and delete required network objects. For NSX-T host preparation and configuration, such as deploying NSX-T Managers and Edge Nodes, use the System tab. Enterprise PKS does not support the Simplified UI/API tab.

Next Step

Add Compute Manager.

Installation Instructions Home

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


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