3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 28, 2017 11:21 AM by Bayu Wibowo

    VMware NSX ESXi without NSX License

    incpravinxyz Lurker

      I have created 2 clusters for NSX deployment, One as Management with 3 host and the other with Compute and Edge with 6 host. I have NSX license for 6 host which is Compute and Edge, so i will be deploying the edge services on these servers. All the 9 host connect to a single switch. Management cluster with 3 host does not have nsx  license and i will be deploying NSX manager and controller on this. The problem i have is in defining the vlans specially the managmnet/Vmotion ect on Management cluster and almost same on Compute on edge pod. I was trying to understand the communication and flow of traffic between the vlans from management cluster to edge/compute.

        • 1. Re: VMware NSX ESXi without NSX License
          lhoffer Hot Shot
          vExpertVMware Employees

          You should be able to get everything for vSphere and NSX between https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2079386 and https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1012382

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          • 2. Re: VMware NSX ESXi without NSX License
            Sateesh_vCloud Hot Shot

            From the explanation - this is your scenario

             

            When you say management has no NSX license - do you mean it has vSphere Ent plus license but not from NSX licensing?

             

            The problem i have is in defining the vlans specially the managmnet/Vmotion ect on Management cluster and almost same on Compute on edge pod -->  As far as I know there won't be any change the way that you create your Management & V-Motion networks, however you need to finalize the Network schema before that.

             

            I was trying to understand the communication and flow of traffic between the vlans from management cluster to edge/compute.

             

            VXLAN is required for E-W communication which depends on VTEP IP but not based on the ESXi management IP

             

            Hope it will clarify your doubts.

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            • 3. Re: VMware NSX ESXi without NSX License
              Bayu Wibowo Master
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              The network port requirements are listed on the KBs that Luke has provided in previous reply.

              It is fine to deploy NSX Manager and NSX Controllers on Management Cluster as long as you don't need NSX features (VXLAN, DFW) on the Management Cluster.

              Plus you will be deploying Edge on the Compute/Edge Cluster so only those 6 Compute/Edge hosts need to be licensed and installed/prepared for NSX.

              Any communications from NSX Manager/NSX Controllers to ESXi Hosts, other NSX Management components and vice versa would use the management VLAN using the port listed in the KB.

              Bayu Wibowo | vExpert NSX, VCIX6-DCV/NV, Cisco Champion, AWS-SAA
              Author of VMware NSX Cookbook http://bit.ly/NSXCookbook
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