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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Configuring and Deploying an NSX Controller Cluster NSX Series - Part 2

1. Deploy the First NSX Controller Instance
Login in to the vSphere Web Client > When prompted, log in as root and enter the password VMware1! > On the vSphere Web Client Home tab, click Inventories > Networking and Security.
1. In the left navigation pane, select Installation.
2. In the middle pane, on the Management tab, click the green plus sign in the NSX Controller nodes panel.
3. In the Add Controller dialog box, perform the following actions to configure and deploy the first NSX Controller.
a. Select 192.168.110.42 from the VMware NSX Manager™ drop-down menu.
b. Select ABC Medical from the Datacenterdrop-down menu.
c. Select Management and Edge Cluster from the Cluster/Resource Pool drop-down
menu.
d. Select ds-site-a-nfs01 from the Datastoredrop-down menu.
e. Click the Connected To > Select link to open the Connect to a Network dialog box.
f. In the Connect to a Network dialog box, click Distributed Portgroup.
g. Click the Mgmt_Edge_VDS - Mgmt button and click OK.
h. Select New IP Pool from the IP Pool drop-down menu to open the Add IP Pool dialog box and configure the options.

i. Click OK to add the new IP pool.
j. In the Add Controller dialog box, enter VMware1! in the Password and the Confirm password text boxes.
k. Click OK.
4. Monitor the NSX Controller deployment to completion.
• Use the horizontal scroll bar to uncover the Status column, if necessary.
• Monitor the deployment until the status changes from Deploying to Normal. The deployment process takes a few minutes to complete.

2. Verify That the First NSX Controller Instance Is Operational
1. On the vSphere Web Client Home tab, click Inventories > Hosts and Clusters.

2. In the Management and Edge Cluster inventory, select the newly deployed NSX Controller
virtual machine.
The virtual machine name starts with NSX_Controller_...

To use PuTTY to establish an SSH connection to the first NSX controller, perform the following actions.
a. On the ControlCenter desktop, double-click the PuTTY shortcut.
b. In the Host Name(or IP address) text box, enter the IP address that you recorded in step
6, and click Open.
c. If prompted to confirm a PuTTY Security Alert, click Yes.
d. Log in as admin and enter the password VMware1!.
In the PuTTY window, run the following command to determine the cluster status for the first node.
show control-cluster status

Run the following command to determine the startup nodes in the cluster, and review the -command output.
show control-cluster startup-nodes
Run the following command to review a detailed cluster role report.
show control-cluster roles
Run the following command to review a cluster connections report.
show control-cluster connections

3. Deploy the Second NSX Controller Instance
1. Click the vSphere Web Client Home icon.
2. On the vSphere Web Client Home tab, click Inventories > Networking and Security.
3. In the left navigation pane, select Installation.
4. In the middle pane, on the Management tab, click the green plus sign in the NSX Controller
nodes panel.
5. In the Add Controller dialog box, perform the following actions to configure and deploy the second NSX controller
a. Select 192.168.110.42 from the NSX Manager drop-down menu.
b. Select ABC Medical from the Datacenter drop-down menu.
c. Select Management and Edge Cluster from the Cluster/Resource Pool drop-down menu.
d. Select ds-site-a-nfs01 from the Datastore drop-down menu.
e. Leave the Host selection blank.
f. Click Connected To > Select to open the Connect to a Network dialog box.
g. In the Connect to a Network dialog box, click Distributed Portgroup.
h. Click the Mgmt_Edge_VDS - Mgmt button and click OK.
i. Select Controller-Pool from the IP Pool drop-down menu.
j. Click OK.

6. Monitor the NSX Controller deployment to completion.
• Use the horizontal scroll bar to uncover the Status column, if necessary.
• Monitor the second node deployment until the status changes from Deploying to Normal.
The deployment process takes a few minutes to complete.
Run the same commands that we executed earlier to check the Cluster Status again for second NSX Controller
4. Deploy the Third NSX Controller Instance
1. Click the vSphere Web Client Home icon.
2. On the vSphere Web Client Home tab, click Inventories > Networking and Security.
3. In the left navigation pane, select Installation.
4. In the middle pane, on the Management tab, click the green plus sign in the NSX Controller
nodes panel.
5. In the Add Controller dialog box, perform the following actions to configure and deploy the third NSX controller
a. Select 192.168.110.42 from the NSX Manager drop-down menu.
b. Select ABC Medical from the Datacenter drop-down menu.
c. Select Management and Edge Cluster from the Cluster/Resource Pool drop-down menu.
d. Select ds-site-a-nfs01 from the Datastore drop-down menu.
e. Leave the Host selection blank.
f. Click Connected To > Select to open the Connect to a Network dialog box.
g. In the Connect to a Network dialog box, click Distributed Portgroup.
h. Click the Mgmt_Edge_VDS - Mgmt button and click OK.
i. Select Controller-Pool from the IP Pool drop-down menu.
j. Click OK.

6. Monitor the NSX Controller deployment to completion.
• Use the horizontal scroll bar to uncover the Status column, if necessary.
• Monitor the third node deployment until the status changes from Deploying to Normal.
The deployment process takes a few minutes to complete.

Run the same commands that we executed earlier to check the Cluster Status again for third NSX Controller