VCAP6-NV Deploy – Objective 6.1 – Configure Cross vCenter VMware NSX infrastructure components

Skills and Abilities

Objective 6.1 – Configure Cross vCenter VMware NSX infrastructure components

  • Configure NSX manager roles (Primary, Secondary, Standalone, Transit) according to a deployment plan:
    • Assign Primary role to specified NSX Manager
    • Assign Secondary role to specified NSX Manager(s)
  • Deploy/Configure Universal Controller Cluster
  • Configure Universal segment ID pools
  • Create/Manage Universal transport zones

Objective Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

  • A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment with 2 vCenters, 2 PSC configured in ELM configuration.
  • A working VMware NSX 6.x Manager deployed to both sites.

Objective Breakdown

Assign Primary role to specified NSX Manager

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation.

Select the NSX Manager that you wish to promote to Primary.

Click Action and then select Assign Primary Role.

Click Yes to Assign Primary Role.

Assign Secondary role to specified NSX Manager(s)

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation.

Select the Primary NSX Manager and click Actions.

Click Add Secondary NSX Manager.

Select the appropriate NSX Manager from the dropdown, enter the User Name and Password, then click OK.

Click Yes.

Deploy/Configure Universal Controller Cluster

Within Cross vCenter VMware NSX, there can be only one Controller Cluster, which is configured against the Primary NSX Manager and is known as the Universal Controller Cluster.

I have covered the deployment of VMware NSX Controllers in a previous post and there is nothing different in the steps.

See HOWTO: Deploy the VMware NSX Controller(s)

Note: When configured as a Primary and Secondary NSX manager, you can only select to deploy VMware NSX Controllers to the Primary

Configure Universal Segment ID Pools

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation.

Click Logical Network Preparation.

Select the Primary from the NSX Manager dropdown and click Segment ID.

Click Edit.

Enter the range for the Universal Segment ID pool and (optionally) check the Enable Universal Multicast Addressing check box.

Click OK.

Create Universal Transport Zones

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation.

Click Logical Network Preparation.

Select the Primary from the NSX Manager dropdown and click Transport Zones.

Click Add(+).

Check the Mark this object for Universal Synchronization checkbox.

Enter the Name of the Transport Zone, select a Replication mode option and then check the checkbox to add clusters to the Transport Zone.

Click OK.

Manage Universal Transport Zones

You can change the Name, the Replication ModeAdd/Remove clusters to/from or Delete the Transport Zone.  The important thing to remember when trying to Delete or making changes to either the Name of the Replication Mode they have to be completed on the Primary NSX Manager.  Adding/Removing clusters should be completed on the NSX Manager where the cluster resides.

In this example, we’re going to add a cluster from the Secondary NSX Manager to the existing Universal Transport Zone.

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation.

Click Logical Network Preparation.

Select the Secondary from the NSX Manager dropdown and click Transport Zones.

Select the target Universal Transport Zone and click Connect Clusters.

Check the target cluster(s) and click OK.

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