NSX-T 3.0 in a HomeLab

Ever since VMUG added NSX-T to its offerings I have been meaning to get it deployed in my homelab and try it myself but due to limited cpu and memory resources was not able to, until recently.

There are some very great blogs out there explaining NSX-T while trying to recreate as close as possible to real world scenarios and thus very helpful too. However, in my case initially I just wanted to have an overlay network between physical and nested esxi hosts where 3 VMs in 3 logical different segments from NSX-T are able to communicate with each other.

I’m myself not able to answer the silent “but why?” that may follows but none the less I get my hands-on amazing product. Thanks to VMUG Advantage.

In short, all 3 physical host in my homelab has 1 nic (or more) for management and 1 nic for NSX which is patched to TEP VLAN on physical switch.
All 3 nested hosts has 2 nics for management and 2 nics for NSX, NSX nics which are connected to TEP VLAN on vDSwitch portgroup.
Aim is to have logical segment spanning across physical and nested hosts in two clusters in same vcenter server

I will go-over below in in upcoming sub-posts.

  1. Physical and nested ESXi setup and Network overview.
  2. NSX-T 3.0 appliances install and configuration.
  3. Creating TEP IP Pool and Transport Zone.
  4. Creating Uplink Profiles & Transport Node Profile ( 1x for physical hosts and 1x for nested hosts).
  5. Applying Transport Node Profile to nested and physical esxi hosts cluster.
  6. Adding Tier-1 Gateway.
  7. Creating Logical Segments and attach it to Tier-1 gateway.
  8. Connecting test VM to logical network | testing.

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