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Saturday, 20 November 2021

Step-by-Step-NSX-T 3.1 design and Install-P3

In my previous post Step-by-Step-NSX-T 3.1 design and Install-P2 we have have cover configuration of IP pool for host and edge transport node, transport zones, uplink profiles, Distributed switch for nsx, host addition to vds, host transport node profile and finally configuration of NSX on host transport nodes.

Now our esxi hosts are ready to participate in NSX-T datacenter however until we have a working connectivity model it would be of no use. Hence in this post we will take care of EDGE nodes.

To start with, I would urge you all to configure backup of your nsx-t manager cluster, as making it a habit will save you from many unfortunate situations. 

Please refer VMware's official documentation on nsx-t backup and restore. Please note:

  • You must restore to new appliances running the same version of NSX-T Data Center as the appliances that were backed up.
  • If you are using an NSX Manager or Global Manager IP address to restore, you must use the same IP address as in the backup.
  • If you are using an NSX Manager or Global Manager FQDN to restore, you must use the same FQDN as in the backup. Note that only lowercase FQDN is supported for backup and restore.
You can only configure NSX-T backup on a FIPS compliant SFTP, hence kindly keep that in mind while designing your solution.

Now lets configure backup for our NSX-T datacenter. Lets login to NSX manager with admin credentials

Navigate to system>> backup and restore.

Click on Edit to configure backup, fill in the details.

Accept certificate fingerprints presented.


Once its is validated it will be saved, now edit schedule.

It will initiate backup in couple of minutes.

After successful backup our screen would look like this.


Now lets configure uplink segments for edge node.

Navigate to system>>fabric>>profile>>add profile

Now fill in the details for edge node uplink profile.

Uplink 1 vlan is 2711 and uplink 2 vlan is 2712

To create segments navigate to networking and under networking choose segments. Now click add segments.


Answer no to advanced editing after you click save.

Now lets start edge node deployment.

Navigate to system>>fabric>>nodes>>edge transport node>>add edge node.


Fill name and description.


Setup credentials.


Configure deployment details.

Provide appliance networking details.


Configure NSX on edge node.


Wait for edge nodes to become ready.


Once edge node are deployed successfully your screen will look like this.


Now its time we create edge node cluster. For that we will move to edge clusters tab.

Now click on add edge cluster and create a new edge cluster.


Now we have successfully created edge node cluster.


In my next post we will configure T0 for north-south data traffic.

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  2. pardon, but i'm confused with the vlan placement.
    uplink host profile - gets a vlan
    uplink edge profile - appears to have 3
    default team 2713
    uplink 1 2711
    uplink 2 2712
    why is the "default team" on its own vlan, and not tied to any pnic?

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    1. Dear x13,

      Edge nodes creates tunnel using TEP ip, which is TEP vLAN and for achieving ECMP we are using two separate uplink vlans. On 1 uplink only vlan1 and tep vlan traffic will be allowed and on second uplink tep and vlan2 traffic will be allowed.

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