This post will cover deploying NSX Manager and initial configuration of NSX Manager. Micro-Segmentation and other configurations for NSX can be found here.
Pre-Requisites for this post
- NSX manager media (ova) downloaded from vmware website.
- License for NSX, Its CPU based like vSphere, But NSX license are separate.
- vCenter Login credentials & Necessary resources to deploy NSX manager from ova file.
- Static IP address and DNS record for NSX Manager.
- NTP server ( vCenter, ESXi and NSX manager should use same)
Deploying NSX Manager with OVA file
Step 1: Login to vCenter server -Right click on Cluster or DC – Select Deploy OVF Template
Step : Select Local file – Browse for NSX manager ova file.
Step : provide NSX Manager name
Step : Select the Host to deploy
Step :review details – Next
Step : Accept EULA – Next
Step : Select thin/think and datastore – Next
Step : Select Network for NSX Manager.
Step : Provide appliance password and cli admin password – Scroll down
Step : Provide NSX Manager Hostname, IP, netmask, gateway – Scroll down
Step : Provide DNS and NTP server details – Next
Step : Review and finish
Initial Configuration of NSX Manager
Step : Once deploying is completed – Login to nsx manager using hostname or IP – admin & Password
Verifying NSX Manager services
Step : Click on view summary
Step : Verify that vPostgres, RabbitMQ and NSX Manager Service is running
Configuring NTP on NSX Manager
Step : To configure NTP on NSX Manager – Click Manage – General – Edit on top
Step : provide NTP server details, i can be internal or external but it should be same as vCenter
Configuring Syslog server in NSX Manager
Step : Select Edit next to Syslog server
Step : provide syslog server details as shown below.
Connect NSX Manager to vCenter server (1:1)
NSX Manager to vCenter connection is always 1:1 , Meaning to say only one NSX manager can be connected to one vCenter server.
Step : Navigate to Manage – NSX Management service – Click Edit next to vCenter server
Step : provide vCenter fqdn, user and password
Step : select Yes to accept the certificate.
Step : Verify that status is connected and sync is successful
Step : vCenter lookup service configuration – NSX Manager service – Lookup service – Edit
Step : Provide the vCenter details , login and password
Step : select yes to trust certificate
Step : Status should show as connected.
Step : Once done login to vCenter server to verify that Network & Security is visible. ( some times, needs to logoff from vCenter console and login to check)
Step : Verify that NSX manager is shown as below.
Licensing NSX Manager
Step : Add the NSX license keys – Menu – Administration
Step : Licenses – Licenses – Add new licenses as shown below – eneter key and name to it.
Step : To Activate – Licenes – Assets – Solutions – Select NSX for vSphere and Assign license.
With this NSX manager installation and Initial configuration is done.
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