NSX-T 3.0 Lab: Host Transport Node Full Deployment Wizard

I’ve covered deploying a Micro Seg only deployment in the last couple of posts so I figured I should show how to do a Full NSX host preparation deployment also using the wizard.

A thing to note is that if you have already deployed NSX to a cluster using the Micro Seg deployment the wizard will not allow you to change to a full deployment you may see a couple of issues. The first is that the hosts have no free NIC’s as they may have already been configured for the Micro Seg deployment.

The second issue even if you add additional NIC’s it won’t let me continue.
I assume this is because the wizard is trying to deploy the host as a transport node but it is already configured as a transport node.

I’ll cover how we can change from a Micro Seg build to a full build in another post.

The Build

To get started go to System, Get Started then on the ‘Prepare NSX Transport Nodes click GET STARTED

You now have the option to select either a cluster deployment, just Host or NSX Edge VM. In this post I’ll cover the host and cluster deployments.


From the screen above select Host then click NEXT

Enter a ‘Name’ the host ‘IP Address’ select the ‘Operating System’ enter the ‘Username’ and the ‘Password’ click ADD

Click YES

NSX will be installed on the host when it’s done you can click NEXT to continue.


To install to the whole cluster select ‘Host Cluster’ and click NEXT

Select the cluster from the drop-down list. Or click ‘ADD COMPUTE MANAGER’ if you have not already added one.

If NSX is not already installed you will get a pop-up prompt to install NSX click INSTALL

NSX will be installed on the hosts in the cluster. Once done click NEXT

Select the Overlay Transport Zone from the drop-down or click ‘CREATE OVERLAY TRANSPORT ZONE’ if you want to create a new one.
Click NEXT

Select the uplink profile if it won’t let you pick from a list just delete the text that it has put in the box and the list will appear or click ‘CREATE UPLINK PROFILE’ if you want to create a new one.
Click NEXT

Select the switch type N-VDS or VDS for my build I am using VDS so I next select the VDS to use.
I select ‘USE IP Pool’ and then select my IP Pool from the drop-down.
Scroll down.

Finally map the vDS uplinks to the Host Uplinks.
Click NEXT


You’ll end up back at the wizard screen without any confirmation that it did anything so go to System, Fabric, Nodes select the vCenter from the drop-down and expand the cluster.
We can see that NSX is up.

By clicking on a host we can see in the overview that the host is up and has two TEP IP’s assigned.

With that we are finished 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *