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NSX-T in Practice: Basic Installation

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.

NSX-T Planes

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.

Management 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.

Control Plane:

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.

Data Plane:

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.

N-VDS Overview

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.

Lab Overview

I have 5 hosts in Compute cluster named Compute K8 and 2 hosts in my Management cluster called Management k8

Distributed Switches setup

Compute VMkernels

Management VMkernels

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

Click Next

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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