NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part5-Configure NSX on Host Transport Nodes

In my previous post, we created Transport Zones & Uplink Profiles. We need this for configuring transport nodes (Hypervisors & Edge VM). In this post, we will configure Host Transport Node.

NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part1-NSX-T Manager Installation
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part2-Add additional NSX-T Manger & Configure VIP
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part3-Add a Compute Manager (vCenter Server)
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part4-Create Transport Zones & Uplink Profiles
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part5-Configure NSX on Host Transport Nodes
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part6-Depoy Edge Transport Nodes & Create Edge Clusters
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part7-Add a Tier-0 gateway and configure BGP routing
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part8-Add a Tier-1 gateway
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part9-Create Segments & attach to T1 gateway
NSX-T 3.0 Series: Part10-Testing NSX-T Environment

For demo purpose, I have created ‘Horizon’ cluster & a VDS with the same name. Till now, we have completed NSX-T manager installation, added a compute manager and created Transport Zones & Uplink Profiles. Lets configure NSX for my newly installed ESXi host (esxi05.dtaglab.local).

Newly added cluster and associated hosts will show up in NSX-T under System >Nodes >Host Transport Nodes. Notice that the ‘NSX Configuration’ shows ‘Not Configured’.

Select the Host & click on ‘Configure NSX’

Next, Verify the host name and click Next.

Type: VDS
Mode: Standard
Name: Select your VDS.
Transport Zone: Select Overlay and VLAN TZ that we created in earlier post.
Uplink Profile: Select Uplink profile for host that we created earlier.
IP Assignment: As I mentioned, I have enabled DHCP on VLAN 1634 (this VLAN ID is configured in our Uplink Profile)

Enhanced Datapath Mode: Some workload/application requires accelerated network performance. You can enable this if your host has application servers/workloads that generates lot of network traffic. N-VDS supports this by performing additional configuration. Checkout VMware official documentation here.

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center/2.5/installation/GUID-F459E3E4-F5F2-4032-A723-07D4051EFF8D.html

Teaming Policy Switch Mapping: This will show up as per the configuration under Teaming in ‘Uplink Profile’

Map the VDS uplink accordingly.

We have mapped N-VDS uplink with VDS uplink here. Click Finish.

Monitor the ‘NSX Configuration’ status on UI.

‘NSX Configuration’ Success and host showing UP.

We have configured NSX on ESXi05.dtaglab.local.

Check the TEP IP.

It is from VLAN ID 1634. Let’s verify on the ESXi host in vCenter. We should see vmkernel (vmk) adapters in the list & vxlan as a TCP/IP stack.

That’s it for this post. We will configure EDGE VM in my next post. Thank you for reading. 😊

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