After the NSX Manager is successfully connected to the Management vCenter Server, you must promote it to the primary role and deploy the three NSX Controller nodes that form the NSX Controller cluster.

You must deploy every node only after the previous one is successfully deployed.

1

Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.

a

Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.

b

Log in using the following credentials.

Setting

Value

User name

administrator@vsphere.local

Password

vsphere_admin_password

2

Promote the NSX Manager to the primary role.

a

Under Inventories, click Networking & Security.

b

In the Navigator, click Installation.

c

On the Management tab, select the 172.16.11.65 instance.

d

Click the Actions menu and click Assign Primary Role.


e

In the Assign Primary Role confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

3

Configure an IP pool for the NSX Controller cluster.

a

In the Navigator, click NSX Managers.

b

Under NSX Managers, click the 172.16.11.65 instance.

c

Click the Manage tab, click Grouping Objects, click IP Pools, and click the Add New IP Pool icon.

d

In the Add Static IP Pool dialog box, enter the following settings and click OK.

Setting

Value

Name

Mgmt01-NSXC01

Gateway

172.16.11.253

Prefix Length

24

Primary DNS

172.16.11.5

Secondary DNS

172.16.11.4

DNS Suffix

sfo01.rainpole.local

Static IP Pool

172.16.11.118-172.16.11.120

4

Deploy the NSX Controller cluster.

a

In the Navigator, click Networking & Security to go back, and click Installation.

b

Under NSX Controller nodes, click the Add icon to deploy three NSX Controller nodes with the same configuration.

c

In the Add Controller page, enter the following settings and click OK.

You configure a password only during the deployment of the first controller. The other controllers will use the same password.

Setting

Value

Name

nsx-controller-mgmt-01

NSX Manager

172.16.11.65

Datacenter

SFO01

Cluster/Resource Pool

SFO01-Mgmt01

Datastore

SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

Folder

NSX01

Connected To

vDS-Mgmt-Management

IP Pool

Mgmt01-NSXC01

Password

mgmtnsx_controllers_password

Confirm Password

mgmtnsx_controllers_password

d

After the Status of the controller node changes to Connected, repeat the step and deploy the two remaining NSX Controller nodes in the controller cluster with the same configuration.

5

Configure DRS affinity rules for the NSX Controller nodes.

a

Go back to the Home page.

b

In the Navigator, click Hosts and Clusters, and expand the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree control.

c

Select the SFO01-Mgmt01 cluster, and click the Configure tab.

d

Under Configuration, click VM/Host Rules.

e

Click Add.

f

In the SFO01-Mgmt01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, enter the following settings and click Add.

Setting

Value

Name

anti-affinity-rule-nsxcontrollers

Enable rule

Selected

Type

Separate Virtual Machine

g

In the Add Rule Member dialog box, select the check box next to each of the three NSX Controller virtual machines and click OK.

h

In the SFO01-Mgmt01 - Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, click OK.