Disclaimer! I am learning NSX-T, part of my learning is to deploy in my lab - if I contradict the official docs then go with the docs!
This NSX-T lab environment is built as a nested lab on my physical hosts. There are four physical ESXi hosts, onto which I will deploy three ESXi VMs, a vCenter Server Appliance, NSX Manager, an NSX Controller cluster, and two NSX Edge Nodes.
I will follow the deployment plan from the NSX-T 2.0 documentation:
When this post series is complete, the network topology should be something like this, with two hostswitches configured. The ESXi Hosts will have a Tunnel Endpoint IP address, as will the Edge. The Edge will also have an interface configured for a VLAN uplink.
In this post I will walk through deploying and configuring the NSX Manager.
Deploying the NSX Manager OVA is a fairly standard affair, though I did find that once deployed some of the OVF settings had not applied and the needed re-adding by editing the VM Settings in vSphere.
Once the appliance has deployed, power on the virtual machine. In my lab environment the OVF settings did not apply, I am not sure why. I needed to manually set the network adapter to the correct network, and edit the vApp options to set the properties before the appliance would power on.
Once the appliance has booted, you can access it via HTTPS and log in with the configured admin username and password.
Read and accept the EULA (scroll all the way down to check the agree box)
Finally, the NSX Manager is deployed.
My Pod200 folder now contains 3 ESXi hosts, a vCenter Server Appliance and the NSX-T Manager