Run vSphere6 + NSX + iSCSI on a laptop – Part 2 (NSX)


NSX Manager Appliance Deployment and Installation

In part1 we have configured a full vSphere 6 infrastructure, now let’s work on NSX.

1) Let’s deploy the NSX Manager Appliance as a nested VM.

– In vCenter right click on your host and select “Deploy OVF template”
– Choose the NSX ova downloaded from
– Follow the wizzard

– In section 2d, choose your NSX manager appliance’s IP address, hostname, default gateway, DNS and NTP server (we will use our ns1 VM settings there). Use the named configuration file that we used in part1 as a guide.

I will use:
Ip Address:

If everything goes well, you should see this:

Do not start the VM straight away, we will first reduce it’s resource footprint down to 8GB of RAM and 2vCPUs (less will not work). Once this is done, you can power up the VM

2) Once the NSX manager VM is running, head to its web interface:

and login using the admin/password chosen during the OVF deployment. Click on the summary tab and make sure that the NSX Management service is running:

Then configure your SSO and vCenter associations are configured on the setup page:

Once deployed and linked to your VCenter and VCenter Lookup Services, log out from both vCenter and NSX manager and log back in vCenter. You should now see the Networking and Security menu item, click on it.


3) It’s time to deploy our unique controller. VMware only officially support 3 controllers in production but we won’t need more than one for our lab.

You will have to:
– Select the NSX manager in the drop-down
– Select the DC
– Select the cluster/resource pool created in step1
– Select your datastore (our iSCSI one, Tier1)
– Select your Distributed Switch portgroup
– Create an IP pool in the same subnet (it’s still a lab!) for the controller(s) IPs

– Enter a password 2 times

The deployment of your controller will start, wait (a while) until it’s status becomes “Normal”. Once it is up and running, shut it down and change its settings to 2vCPUs down from 4 and 1024MB of RAM (down from 8). Thanks to Dale Coghlan from VMware, he came up with these lab specs. Start your controller again and wait until its status goes back to “Normal”

3) Prepare your host in the Host Preparation tab

Once done, click on configure VXLANs and their pool (leave 0 in the VLAN field)

And finally in the logical networks preparation tab, configure your segment IDs as well as your transport zone (leave it to unicast)

That’s it… NSX is now running on your laptop and you can test it’s API, deploy logical switches and routers, configure dynamic routing, or even create a VPN to a remote NSX implementation.

Keep in mind that you can pause your whole lab following this sequence in fusion:

– Pause ESX
– Pause NS1
– Pause iSCSI SAN

To restore your lab, reverse the order:

– Restore iSCSI SAN
– Restore NS1
– Restore ESX

Bonus, the total size of our setup: