In this lab, I am going to install NSX-T Edge Transport Nodes as VMs NSX-T Edge Node VMs could be of VM form factor or could be baremetal.
Edge Node VM connectivity using a DVS
The above diagram shows that the vnics of Edge Transport Node VMs are mapped with Distributed Port Groups of VDS.
vnic 1 is used for management purpose and is mapped to management port group of DVS.
vnic 2 – EXT 1 Port Group – This corresponds to VLAN 1 which is used to peer with physical network.
vnic 3 – EXT 2 Port Group – This corresponds to VLAN 2 which is used to peer with physical network.
vnic 4 – TEP Port Group – This corresponds to Overlay VLAN which is used for handling encapsulated traffic.
NSX-T Edge Transport Node VMs will be deployed from the vcenter UI.
Select the OVA file for edge node
Select name and location
Select compute resource
Select Edge VM deployment configuration
The NSX Edge Small VM appliance size is suitable for lab and proof-of-concept deployments.
The NSX Edge Medium appliance size is suitable for a typical production environment and can support up to 64 hypervisors.
The large appliance is for large-scale deployments with more than 64 hypervisors
The four interfaces are:
2. VLAN 1 used for peering with physical network
3. VLAN 2 used for peering with physical network
4. Overlay – this interface handles encapsulation and de-encapsulation.
Edge Node VM connectivity is covered in this post. We need to ensure that the vnics of the Edge Transport Node VM are mapped properly with appropriate Distributed Port Groups. This can be done from the vcenter GUI.
Specify the hostname, passwords, management IP, subnet mask and gateway, DNS server IP, NTP server IP, domain search list.
Also enable SSH
Register the edge node VM with NSX manager
Once the OVA is deployed, power on the edge node VM and SSH to it.
Get the NSX Manager thumbprint
Use the NSX Manager thumbprint to register the edge