NSX-T 2.5: Deploy and add Compute Manager

At first, we need to deploy OVF appliance.

1 – Right Click on vCenter and Deploy OVF template.


2 – Select the file OVF.


3 – Select the name and location.


4 – Select resources.


5 – Select the appliance size.

Note: Extra small size is just for Cloud Service manager


6 – Select the datastore you want to deploy the appliance.


7 – Select the network you want to manage the appliance.


8 – Customize the template as DNS, NTP, IP address, gateway, password etc.

Important: Check enable ssh before deploy the appliance.


9 – Review the summary and click finish


Second, validate appliance configuration.

1 – When the deployment is finished, turn on the virtual appliance and login into the console as a admin user, validate the configuration interface.


2 – Validate the following services by running get services.

Note: The following services are not running by default: liagent, migration-coordinator, and snmp.


We can start them as follows:

start service liagent

start service migration-coordinator


3 – Vefiry the connectivity by testing the following tasks.

  • The NSX Manager can ping its default gateway.
  • The NSX Manager can ping the hypervisor hosts that are in the same network as the NSX Manager using the management interface.
  • The NSX Manager can ping its DNS server and its NTP server.


Third, now we are ready to connect NSX-T to vCenter Server.

1 – Connect to the NSX-T GUI by opening a web browser and navigating to the NSX-T Manager IP address.


2 – After log in with admin credencials read and accept the EULA terms.


3 – Now select System > Fabric > Compute Managers > Add.


4 – And fill the spaces as follow.


If we left the thumbprint value blank, we are prompted to accept the server provided thumbprint.

5 – Validate compute manager’s name to view the details.



Now we are ready to use NSX-T 2.5!

Hoping you have enjoyed this post, see you next time.

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