You can install the NSX Manager virtual machine on an ESX host in a cluster configured with DRS.

You can install the NSX Manager in a different vCenter than the one that the NSX Manager will be interoperating with. A single NSX Manager serves a single vCenter Server environment.

The NSX Manager virtual machine installation includes VMware Tools. Do not attempt to upgrade or install VMware Tools on the NSX Manager.

You must have been assigned the Enterprise Administrator or NSX Administrator role.

1

Log in to the vSphere Web Client.

2

Select vCenter and then select Hosts.

The NSX Manager management interface, vCenter Server, and ESXi hosts must be reachable by all future NSX Edge and vShield Endpoint instances.

3

Right-click the host where you want to install NSX Manager and select Deploy OVF Template.

It may take a few seconds for the Deploy OVF Template option to be displayed.

4

If this is the first time that you are deploying an OVF file, follow these steps.

a

Download the VMware Client Integration Plug-in.

b

Close all browser windows.

c

Install the VMware Client Integration Plug-in.

d

Log in to the vSphere Web Client again and navigate to the host where you were installing NSX Manager.

e

Repeat Step 3.

5

Enter the URL to download and install the OVF file from the internet or click Browse to locate the folder on your computer that contains the NSX Manager OVA file and click Next.

6

Review the OVF template details and click Next.

7

Click Accept to accept the VMware license agreements and click Next.

8

Edit the name (if required) and select the location for the NSX Manager that you are installing.

9

Click Next.

10

Select the location to run the template.

11

On the Select storage page, select the storage for the NSX Manager and click Next.

12

On the Setup networks page, confirm that the NSX Manager adapter has been mapped to the correct host network and click Next.

13

Specify whether you want to configure IPv4 only, IPv6 only, or dual-stack network configuration.

If you are configuring a dual-stack network, the host name of the NSX Manager will be used by other entities. Hence, the NSX Manager host name must be mapped to the right IP address in the DNS servers used in that network.

14

On the Customized template page, specify the following values.

a

Type and re-type the root user password.

b

Type and re-type the CLI password.

c

Type and re-type the CLI privilege mode password.

d

Click Network Properties and type the hostname for the NSX Manager virtual machine.

e

Type the network IPv4 address, netmask, and default gateway.

f

Type the network IPv6 address, prefix, and default gateway.

g

Click DNS and type the IP addresses for DNS servers and domain search list.

h

Click Services Configuration and type the NTP server lis for the NSX Manager virtual machine.

i

To enable SSH, select the Enable SSH checkbox.

j

Click Next.

15

On the Ready to complete page, review the NSX Manager settings and click Finish.

The NSX Manager is installed as a virtual machine in your inventory.

16

Power on the NSX Manager virtual machine.