Create NSX-T Transport Zones

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This topic provides instructions for creating transport zones for use with VMware Enterprise PKS.

Prerequisites

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

About Transport Zones

In NSX-T Data Center, a transport zone (TZ) is a logical construct that controls which hosts a logical switch can reach. A transport zone defines a collection of hosts that can communicate with each other across the network. This communication happens over one or more interfaces defined as Virtual Tunnel Endpoints (VTEPs).

There are two types of transport zones: Overlay and VLAN. For Enterprise PKS, the instructions in this topic use both.

  • The Overlay transport zone is used by ESXi host transport nodes and NSX-T Edge Nodes. When an ESXi host or NSX-T Edge transport node is added to an Overlay transport zone, an N-VDS is installed on the ESXi host or NSX Edge Node.

  • The VLAN transport zone is used by NSX-T Edge Nodes and ESXi host transport nodes for VLAN uplinks. When an NSX-T Edge Node is added to a VLAN transport zone, a VLAN N-VDS is installed on the NSX-T Edge Node.

For more information, see Transport Zones in the NSX-T Data Center documentation.

Create Overlay Transport Zone

Create an Overlay Transport Zone (TZ-OVERLAY) for PKS control plane services and Kubernetes clusters overlay networks associated with VDS hostswitch1:

  1. In NSX Manager, select System > Fabric > Transport Zones > Add.

  2. Enter a Name for the transport zone, such as TZ-OVERLAY.

  3. Enter a N-VDS Name, such as N-VDS-OVERLAY.

  4. Select a Host Membership Criteria (N-VDS mode): Standard or Enhanced Datapath.

    Note: In enhanced mode, only specific NIC configurations are supported (ESXi hosts v6.7+), and you must ensure that you configure the supported NICs. Refer to the NSX-T Data Center documentation for more information.

  5. For Traffic Type, select Overlay.

  6. (Optional) Enter one or more uplink teaming policy names.

  7. Click Add.

Create VLAN Transport Zone

Create the VLAN Transport Zone (TZ-VLAN) for NSX Edge Node uplinks (ingress/egress) for Kubernetes clusters associated with VDS hostswitch2:

  1. In NSX Manager, select System > Fabric > Transport Zones > Add.

  2. Enter a Name for the transport zone, such as TZ-VLAN.

  3. Enter a N-VDS Name, such as N-VDS-VLAN.

  4. Select a Host Membership Criteria (N-VDS mode): Standard or Enhanced Datapath.

    Note: In enhanced mode, only specific NIC configurations are supported (ESXi hosts v6.7+), and you must ensure that you configure the supported NICs. Refer to the NSX-T Data Center documentation for more information.

  5. For Traffic Type, select VLAN.

  6. (Optional) Enter one or more uplink teaming policy names.

  7. Click Add.

Verify Transport Zone Creation

To verify transport zone creation:

  1. In NSX-T Manager, select System > Fabric > Transport Zones.

  2. Verify that you see the TZ-OVERLAY and TZ-VLAN transport zones you created:

    Transport Zones pane showing TZ-OVERLAY and TZ-VLAN

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Next Step

Create DVS Port Group for NSX-T Edge Nodes.

Installation Instructions Home

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


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