Step2: Configure Management Cluster Virtual IP & Deploy Additional NSX-T Manager Nodes

Link for all Steps : 10 Steps to Deploy NSX-T

(Previous Step) Step 1 : Deploy NSX-T Manager & Add Compute Manager

We are now going to focus on configuring the internal “Virtual IP” to provide fault tolerance and high availability to the NSX-T manager nodes.

  • The failover of VIP to a new leader node might take a few minutes to become operational.
  • The users must re-authenticate so that the API requests are targeted to the new leader node.
  • The VIP does not serve as a load-balancer.

1. Click System -> Appliances -> SET Virtual IP:

2. Specify the IP Address as appropriate and click “Save”:

3. NSX-T Manager will take some time setup the VIP and will display the message as shown in the screenshot below:

4. Refresh the NSX-T UI by clicking the “Refresh” button

This concludes this step of configuring NSX-T Management Cluster virtual IP successfully.

5. Now, we follow our tutorial to add new node, Click on ADD NSX APPLIANCE:

6. Enter the hostname,IP address, DNS, NTP and select the form factor:

7. Specify the name, vSphere cluster, datastore and network details:

8. Enable SSH (if required), enter the cli and root password:

The status could now be monitored from the same screen, screenshot below showing deployment in progress:

You could also monitor the deployment from the vCenter’s Recent Tasks:

A successful deployment will show the “Management Cluster” as Stable, “Cluster Connectivity” as Up and “Repository Status” as Sync Complete, as shown in the screenshot below:

Note: VMware only supports a three node NSX-T Manager cluster, repeat the steps above for adding the third node.

This concludes this step of deploying additional NSX-T Manager nodes successfully.

(Next Step) Step 3 : Create IP Pools & Transport Zones