Deploying NSX-T Edge Node:
In this blog post, I will show you how to deploy the NSX-T edge node from the OVF Template. The Edge installation is supported in OVA/OVF, ISO with PXE and ISO without PXE installation modes. The NSX-T Edge deployment is supported on ESXi and on the Bare-Metal Servers. However the Edge deployment is UNSUPPORTED on the KVM hypervisors.
This is the Part 06 of the NSX-T 2.1 video series, where in I have covered how to deploy the edge node from the OVF file.
- NSX-T 2.1 Complete video series:
- Part 01: Introduction to NSX-T
- Part-02 NSX-T Architecture
- Part-03 Deploying NSX-T Manager Virtual Machine on ESXi host
- Part-04 Configuring NSX-T Control cluster
NSX-T Edge node deployment Step -by-step:
To deploy the NSX-T edge node in the vSphere environment, hogin to the vSphere webclient with the admin credentials.
- Right click on the ESXi Cluster and click Deploy OVF Template
On the Select template, click Browse to locate the NSX-T edge OVF template local file and click Next
NOTE: You can also specify the URL of the NSX-T edge to deploy the Edge node.
- On the Select name and location, enter the Name “NSX-Edge-01” and select a datacenter or folder and click Next
- On a Select a resource, Select a host or cluster or resource pool or vapp and click Next
- Verify the template details on the Review details page and click Next
Sizing NSX-T edge node:
- On Select configuration, select Configuration “Small or Medium or Large” and click Next
- Small: This configuration is intended for proof-of-concept or test environments and should n ot be used in a production environment.
- Medium or Large: This configuration will be used in the production environment
|NSX-T Edge form-factor||CPU Cores||Memory||Disk|
|Small||2||4 GB||120 GB|
|Medium||4||8 GB||120 GB|
|Large||8||16 GB||120 GB|
I will deploying the NSX-T edge in a POC environment, hence I am fine with the Small Configuration, click Next
- On Select Storage, Select virtual disk format “Thick provision lazy zeroed or Thin provision or Thick provision eager zeroed“
- Select a datastore to store the NSX Edge virtual appliance files.
- Click Next
NSX-T Edge Networks:
On Select networks, select the networks for the NSX-T edge node.
By default, the NSX-T edge has 4 virtual network interfaces, where the first interface will be the management interface to manage the NSX-T edge node. Connect the Network 0 to the management network. The remaining three network cards will be used to connect to the Overlay or VLAN based networks. While preparing the NSX-T edge nodes as the transport nodes the Network 1, Network 2, and Network 3 will be used.
Here is how I have configured my NSX-T edge networks:
- Connect Network 0 vNic interface to Management Network,
- Connect Network 1, Network 2 and Network 3 to VLAN and Overlay based networks
Note: In this release of NSX-T 2.1, the IPv6 is not supported
- Click Next
- On Customize template, Specify the password and IP settings.
- Set the passwords for admin account.
- On Customize template, set the passwords for audit account.
The Manager IP, Manager Thumbprint and Node ID are optional. I will be leaving this blank at this moment. However, I will register the NSX-T command line using the NSX Manager thumbprint to register the edge node with the NSX Manager.
- Set the root account password.
- Specify the DNS Settings. enter the DNS Server list and Domain Search List
NSX-T edge network properties:
- Expand Network, to enter the hostname,Management Network IPV4 Address, Management Network Netmask.
- Expand Services configuration to Allow root SSH logins, Enable SSH and enter the NTP Server list
- Click Next
- On the Ready to Complete, review the properties and click Finish
- Track the deployment progress in the Recent Tasks
Power ON the NSX-Edge VM and track the boot process.