NSX-T is a multi-hypervisor, highly available SDN platform that provides distributes services across hypervisors. VMware vision for NSX-T is to be an open networking platform within both the on premise datacenter and the cloud.
Similar to NSX-V, NSX-T (The “T” in NSX-T stands for Transformers) implementation is based on the same three planes namely management, control, and data. Let’s have a look at what component live in which plane.
The management plane provides the API entry point to the system and is where all configuration, management and operational are performed. The NSX Manager cluster is the main element here.
The control plane is distributed state system that provides functions for switching, routing and the propagation of distributed firewall rules. The NSX Controller Cluster lives here.
The Data plane switch data plane traffic by performing stateless packet forwarding. It is also responsible for all host workloads and services. Routing, Logical switching, DFW, NAT, DHCP are data plane services.
NSX-T it come with its own virtual switch N-VDS. It’s main function is to forward the traffic. N-VDS is decoupled from the vCenter and as such allows for cross-platform support or simply put the N-VDS can be used outside of VMware vSphere.
I have 5 hosts in Compute cluster named Compute K8 and 2 hosts in my Management cluster called Management k8
Distributed Switches setup
All hosts have 4 uplinks and I am only using local storage for now.
NSX Manager deployment and configuration
The deployment of the NSX Manager is no different from any ova upload, so we are going to jump straight into the configuration.
Log in to the NSX Manager https://yournsxmanager and accept the End User License Agreement
We are going to follow the guided configuration, click on Get Started
Click on set up transport nodes, choose host cluster
Click add compute manager which in this case is the vCenter server
Add you details and click save
Accept the thumbprint alert
Select the cluster you would like to prepare for NSX
Confirm then the install will start
Let’s now create our overlay transport zone
Click next. Create or choose a default uplink profile then click next
Chose your N-VDS IP assignment
Review then finish.
That’s all there is to it folks! We now have a running instance of NSX-T in our environment. Time to have some fun!
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My name is Amine El Badaoui and I currently live in Aylesbury, a small town in the south east of England
I have been working in the IT industry for few years now and specialise in VMware virtualisation, data centre infrastructure and cloud technologies. Over the years I have obtained numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Netapp and VMware.I currently work as a VMware Product Engineer @ https://www.rackspace.com/
This blog represents my random technical notes and thoughts. The thoughts expressed here do not reflect my current employer in anyway.