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NSX-T implementation plan / steps overview

     Here I would like to depict summary (main) steps needed for successful NSX-T deployment, in one place, considering versions above 3.x: - NSX manager deployment - OVA, with typical infrastructure services prepared (IP/DNS/NTP/passwords...) - pay attention for GRUB setup (last resort in case ROOT password is lost) - Compute manager creation - interconnection between NSX and vCenter - Deployment of additional NSX managers through NSX manager UI - Cluster VIP setup - Disable user password expiration (root/admin/audit) - per your security policies ( clear user <user> password-expiration ) or change expiration period ( set user <user> password-expiration <days> ) - DRS rules setup for NSX nodes on different servers - Setup of SFTP backup - FIPS compliant server store needed - Setup of LDAP for AAA services - IP pools creation for TEP's - Transport zone creation / Transport Node profile (for ESXi) / Host prep - Transport node profile (for Edge nodes) / Edge uplink a

vSphere Microsoft clustering - RDM & VMDK shared disk option for WSFC

    There are multiple improvements from clustering techniques available to Customers from vSphere 7 and up, giving different options and simplifying actions so that high availability requirements are satisfied. Before v7 you can only rely on different pRDM (physical RDM) options or vVols (VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes), starting with clustered VMDK support on vSAN 6.7 U3.     Starting with vSphere v7.x there is support for  Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) with shared disk VMDK based resources by transparently passing to the underlying storage or emulating on the datastore level SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations (SCSI3-PRs) SCSI commands, required for a WSFC node (VM participating in a WSFC) to arbitrate access to a shared disk.     In summary, from the storage perspective next table is showing current options for sharing purposes in WSFC cluster environments - pay attention that only FC based storage, for clustered VMDK based disk, is supported at the moment:     Also, interestin