This is the second in a series of posts covering VCF 4.5 On VxRail 7.0.400. The following detailed post provides an example walkthrough covering the process of:
- Deploying a NSX Edge Cluster for MGMT WLD
- Deploying Application Virtual Networks(AVN)s for MGMT WLD
Prior to VCF 4.3 Application Virtual Networks(AVN)s including the NSX Edge Cluster and NSX network segments were deployed and configured during bring-up by Cloud Builder. Example of this process can be seen here in this example VCF 4.2 bring-up:
VCF On VxRAIL 4.2 – Walkthrough (Part1: Bring-Up)
This deployment method is now changed since VCF 4.3 as per Release Notes Extract:
‘Flexibility in Application Virtual Networks (AVN): Application Virtual Networks(AVN)s, which include the NSX Edge Cluster and NSX network segments, are no longer deployed and configured during bring-up. Instead they are implemented as a Day-N operations in SDDC Manager, providing greater flexibility.’
Application Virtual Networks (AVNs) are a requirement in order to support the deployment of the vRealize Suite set of products. AVNs are dependent on NSX edge gateways having being deployed in the management WLD as a pre-requisite. The following steps detail how to deploy an NSX Edge cluster followed by deploying AVNs leveraging SDDC Manager automation. Required details for the deployment include the usual:
- DNS entries
- IP Addresses
- BGP autonomous system number (ASN)
- BGP passwords
SDDC MANAGER AUTOMATED NSX-T EDGE DEPLOYMENT STEPS
Please reference the VMware prerequisites Before you deploy an NSX Edge cluster:
Prerequisites for an NSX Edge Cluster
Note re. Stretched Cluster: You cannot deploy an NSX Edge cluster on a vSphere cluster that is stretched. You can stretch an L2 uniform vSphere cluster that hosts an NSX Edge cluster.
Go to SDDC Manager UI Select Inventory > Workload Domains Click on the name of the Management domain. Select Actions > Add Edge Cluster:
On completion we can view the newly deployed and configured NSX Edge Cluster from vCenter & NSX UI & Dell Switch CLI.
Useful switch cli examples:
- show running-config bgp
- show ip bgp summary
- show ip bgp
- show ip bgp neighbors
- show ip bgp neighbors 188.8.131.52
- show ip bgp neighbors 184.108.40.206 advertised-routes
AVNs FOR MGMT DEPLOYMENT STEPS
Go to SDDC Manager UI Select Inventory > Workload Domains. Click on the name of the Management domain Select Actions > Add AVNs:
On completion we can view the newly deployed and configured AVNs from both the vCenter & SDDC Manager UI:
NSX-T Edge Network Topology
The following depicts the architectural view from within NSX Manager for the Edge solution. The Tier-0 gateway provides routing to the external network while the Tier-1 connected to Tier-0 provides the N/S comms for the internal network:
Using PowerVCF to retrieve the configuration details:
In Part 3 I will walkthrough the deployment of vRealize Lifecycle Manager (VRSLCM).
Note: this is an example for reference only please use the VxRail installation procedures provided by Dell EMC.
Part 1: Cloud Foundation on VxRail-Understanding NSX-T Deployment in the Management Domain
Part 2 (Video): Cloud Foundation on VxRail-Understanding NSX-T Deployment in the Management Domain.
Thanks for reading!
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