Before you install NSX in your vCenter Server environment, consider your network configuration and resources. You can install one NSX Manager per vCenter Server, one vShield Endpoint per ESX™ host, and multiple NSX Edge instances per datacenter.

Hardware Requirements




NSX Manager: 12 GB

NSX Edge Compact: 512 MB, Large: 1 GB, X-Large: 8 GB, and Quad Large: 1 GB

vShield Endpoint: 1 GB

NSX Data Security: 512 MB

Disk Space

NSX Manager: 60 GB

NSX Edge Compact, Large, and Quad Large: 512 MB, X-Large: 4.5 GB (with 4 GB swap)

vShield Endpoint: 4GB

NSX Data Security: 6GB per ESX host


NSX Manager: 4

NSX Edge Compact: 1, Large:2, Quad Large: 4, and X-Large:6

vShield Endpoint: 2

NSX Data Security: 1

For the latest interoperability information, see the Product Interoperability Matrix at

These are the minimum required versions of VMware products.

VMware vCenter Server 5.5 or later

VMware ESX 5.0 or later for each server

VMware Tools

For vShield Endpoint and NSX Data Security, you must upgrade your virtual machines to hardware version 7 or 8 and install VMware Tools 8.6.0 released with ESXi 5.0 Patch 3. For more information, see Install VMware Tools on the Guest Virtual Machines.

PC with the VMware vSphere Web Client

If you added ESX hosts by name to the vSphere inventory, ensure that DNS servers have been configured on the NSX Manager and name resolution is working. Otherwise, NSX Manager cannot resolve the IP addresses.

Permissions to add and power on virtual machines

Access to the datastore where you store virtual machine files, and the account permissions to copy files to that datastore

Enable cookies on your Web browser to access the NSX Manager user interface

From NSX Manager, port 443 accessible from the ESX host, the vCenter Server, and the NSX appliances to be deployed. This port is required to download the OVF file on the ESX host for deployment.

Connect to the NSX Manager using one of the following supported Web browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9 (64-bit only), and 10.

Mozilla Firefox: the latest browser version, and the one previous version at the time the NSX 6.0 is produced.

Google Chrome: the latest browser version, and the one previous version at the time the NSX 6.0 is produced.