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Configuring A/A Tier-0 Gateway with two VRFs and Tier-1 Gateways with NSX-T Terraform Provider

This blog post and demo shows how you can use the Terraform NSX-T Provider to quickly configure an Active-Active Tier-0 with two VRFs and attached Tier-1 Gateways.

Static Routing and HA VIP Design – Edge Node on two VDS with four Physical NICs

This is the next post on a series of posts on NSX-T Edge Node design topologies.
In this blog post I will describe an Edge Node design topology hosting a Tier-0 Gateway with Static Routing with a HA VIP address configured.

With the Edge Node Virtual Appliances it is important to know on which vSphere Hosts the Edge Nodes are going to run, how many physical NICs are available and if the Edge Node is running on top of a VSS/VDS or N-VDS and how teaming is configured. In this design topology the Edge Nodes are running on hosts with two VDS with four Physical NICs.

NSX-T Uplink Profile

​An uplink profile defines policies for the links from hypervisor hosts to NSX-T logical switches or from NSX-T Edge nodes to top-of-rack switches.

​Uplink profiles allow you to consistently configure identical capabilities for network adapters across multiple hosts or nodes.

NSX-T Transport Node Profiles

Transport Node Profiles are introduced to automatically configure vCenter Clusters for NSX-T. Additionally a Transport Node Profile maintains Transport Node Configuration at the Cluster level to ensure that when a vSphere Host is added or removed from the cluster it will be automatically be configured or unconfigured. Creating a Transport Node profile has a lot of similarities with the Host Migration from VSS/VDS to N-VDS workflow, which is documented in the Host Migration to N-VDS blog post.

NSX-T Manager Clustering

In NSX-T 2.4 the NSX-T Manager is a Converged Appliance where Policy, Management and Control Roles are available on each NSX-T Manager Node and creating a Cluster of three NSX-T Managers. The NSX-T Managers in the Cluster also share a Distributed Persistent Datastore where the Desired State is stored. This feature brings the benefit of availability of all management services across the cluster, improves the install and upgrade process and makes operations easier with less systems to monitor and maintain.

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VCDX #284

VCDX #284