As a VMware NSX evangelist, I made a commitment to write a blog series to encourage individuals get started with NSX-T i.e. do my part, to bridge some of the technical gap in the market. Juggling with the PSO travel, work, holidays and weekends with family time, I finally managed to complete the first two phases in scope of the blog series i.e. Setup and building the Logical Network Topology.
Last week, I received another vExpert Badge for the year 2020 – I am honoured and feel gratified to be recognized as a significant contributor to the vCommunity. I am also thankful to my family and specially my other half – for the encouragement and support, as most of my blogs are the result of sleep sacrifices, holidays and giving up on following Formula One.
- This is a “quick jump” blog for the NSX-T aspirants, to keep as bookmark/reference point, to help your “VCP-NV” journey and beyond…
- This blog series, is not only a step-by-step guide with every screenshot to get you started, but also to provide some context behind the step itself i.e. explaining the meaning, key points, limitations, scalability, etc.
- Therefore, you DO NOT need to refer any documentation anywhere, other than the steps summarized below and the links embedded within to get started. However, it is assumed that you are familiar with VMware vSphere and have basic understanding of networking concepts.
Lab Setup and High Level Design
Phase 1: Setup
- Step 1 – Deploy NSX-T Manager
- Step 2 – Add a Compute Manager
- Step 3 – Deploy Additional NSX-T Manager Nodes from UI
- Step 4 – Configure NSX-T Management Cluster Virtual IP
- Step 5 – Create IP Pools
- Step 6 – Create Transport Zones
- Step 7 – Create Uplink Profile
- Step 8 – Create Transport Node Profile
- Step 9 – Configure Host Transport Node
- Step 10 (Option 1) – Install NSX-T Edge VM on ESXi using vSphere UI
Step 10 (Option 2) – Install NSX-T Edge VM on ESXi using NSX-T Manager UI
- Step 11 – Configure Edge Transport Node
- Step 12 – Create an NSX Edge Cluster
Phase 2: Build Logical Network Topology
- Step 13 – Create T1 (Tier-1) Gateway
- Step 14 – Create Overlay Segments
- Step 15 (Option 1) – Migrate VM(s) from vDS to N-VDS
- Step 15 (Option 2) – Bulk VM Migration from vDS to N-VDS
- Step 16 – Create VLAN Segments
- Step 17 – Create T0 (Tier-0) Gateway [active-active] and configure BGP
- Step 18 – T0 (Tier-0) Gateway: Map BGP Neighbor to specific Uplink Interface
- Step 19 – Connect T1 (Tier-1) Gateway to T0 (Tier-0) Gateway
- Step 20 – Configure Route Distribution on T0 (Tier-0) Gateway