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vRA 8 + NSX-T Blog Series Overview

With the recent release of vRA 8.0, I have been receiving many questions from customers about how vRA 8 can leverage NSX-T.

This blog series will focus on demonstrating how you can create vRA 8 blueprints that utilize NSX-T constructs.

Here is a list of blogs that I am planning on creating for this series (as of March 15, 2020):

Note: the list of blogs is subject to change. Last updated December 12, 2020.


I set up a nested lab to create the examples included in this blog series.

Product Versions

  • vSphere 6.5 U3
  • vRA 8.0.1 (including vRSLCM and vIDM)
  • NSX-T 2.5.1
  • vSAN 6.6.1

vSphere Infrastructure Overview

2 vSAN clusters, enabled with DRS and HA:

  • Management cluster - 4 ESXi hosts
  • Compute/edge cluster - 3 ESXi hosts

The management cluster hosts the following appliances:

  • vCSA
  • vRA appliance
  • vRSLCM appliance
  • vIDM appliance
  • NSX-T manager

The compute/edge cluster hosts all the workloads and the NSX-T edge VMs.