NSX-T 2.4 Edge Transport Node Installation
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.
|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
Use the NSX Manager thumbprint to register the edge
Next up, we will configure NSX
I prefer this method as in this case there is no need to register the edge node VM with NSX-T manager.
You can also install Edge Transport Node VMs using NSX Manager GUI
|Click on Add Edge VM|
|Specify hostname/FQDN and form factor|
|Specify the vcenter, cluster and datastore|
|Assign static IP address to management interface and select the Distributed Port Group (management) of VDS|
|Configure Overlay N-VDS|
|Configure N-VDS for VLAN-1|
|Configure N-VDS for VLAN-2|
|Edge Node VM is now deploying|
Give it some time and the edge node VM will then show as Up
|Edge Node VM is now deployed|