NSX LoadBalancer Installation and configuration for vRA

Hey guys! Today we will see how to install and configure NSX LoadBalancer for vRA enterprise deployment.

We have to log in to our vCenter and go to Security&Networking tab.

  1.  Open NSX Edges and press + sign to add a new Edge.

2.  As Install type, it is an ESG (we will only use LB function from it)

3.  Choose a password (as it is a lab environment I enable SSH so can connect to the VM remotely).

4. Choose the Datacenter where you want to apply it and press a plus sign. And provide required information for the deployment.

5. Press plus sign to configure interfaces for this edge (Uplink interface with IP addresses we will use for LB – we will need 3 of them)

6. Enter the gateway address.

7. As it is a lab environment I set default policy for the firewall to Accept all traffic.

8. Review the information and press finish

9. Installation is running, wait for the status of edge to be Deployed and then we move on to the configuration steps

10. Double click on the deployed edge. Go to manage and Load Balancer tab. We have to edit the Global Configuration and enable the LoadBalancer, Acceleration, and Logging:

11. Now we have to create Application Profiles press plus sign

12. Now we have to setup Service Monitoring press plus sign to add new monitors

13. Now we have to create pools. Depending on the number of nodes for each service you have – add members. Also pay attention that we create 4 pools (Iaas-web, Iaas-man, vRA web and vRA console) port for vRA console will be 8444.

14. As a final step, we have to create our virtual servers where we will use our vIPs we entered in uplinks during the installation (again there will be 4 of them)

We are done for now with LoadBalancer installation and configuration. Monitoring will show you errors at the moment as we don’t have our nodes yet installed. but it is okay it will be fixed soon.

In next articles, we will have a look how to prepare certificates for our deployment, how to prepare network with ESG, DLR for usage in vRA and of course how to run the enterprise deployment of vRA.

Thank you for reading!

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