VMware NSX – Create Logical Distributed Router

An NSX Edge logical router provides routing and bridging functionality. With distributed routing, virtual machines that reside on the same host on different subnets can communicate with one another without having to traverse a traditional routing interface.

1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client and click Networking & Security.

2. Select NSX Edges under the Networking & Security section.

3. Click the green + icon to add a new NSX Edge.

4. In the Name and description dialog box:
a. Select Logical (Distributed) Router as the Install Type.
b. Enter the name in the Name text box. This name appears in your vCenter inventory and should be unique across all logical routers within a single tenant.
c. (Optional) Enter a host name for the distributed logical router in the Hostname text box.
d. (Optional) Enter a description in the Description text box.
e. (Optional) Enter tenant details in the Tenant text box.
f. (Optional) Deploy Edge Appliance is selected by default. An NSX Edge appliance is required for dynamic routing and the logical router appliance’s firewall, which applies to logical router pings, SSH access, and dynamic routing traffic. Deselect the Deploy Edge Appliance option if you require only static routes and do not want to deploy an NSX Edge appliance. An NSX Edge appliance cannot be added to the logical router after the logical router has been created.
g. (Optional) Select Enable High Availability to enable and configure high availability. High availability is required for dynamic routing.
h. Click Next.

5. In the Settings dialog box:
a. Leave the default user name of admin in the User Name text box.
b. Enter a password in the Password and Confirm Password text boxes. The password must be 12 to 255 characters and must contain the following:

  • At least one upper case letter
  • At least one lower case letter
  • At least one number
  • At least one special characterc.

c. Select the Enable SSH access check box.
d. Select EMERGENCY from the Edge Control Level Logging drop-down menu.
e. Click Next.

6. In the Configure deployment dialog box:
a. Select the data center from the Datacenter drop down list.
b. Click the green + icon in the NSX Edge Appliances section.
c. Select the cluster or resource pool from the Cluster/Resource Pool drop-down menu.
d. Select the datastore from the Datastore drop-down menu.
e. (Optional) Select the host from the Host drop down list.
f. (Optional) Select the folder from the Folder drop-down menu.
g. Click OK and click Next.

7. In the Configure Interfaces dialog box:
a. Under the HA Interface Configuration section, click Select next to the Connected To selection box to choose the appropriate logical switch or distributed port group. Generally, this interface should be connected to the management distributed port group.
b. Under the Configure interfaces of this NSX Edge section, click the green + icon to create a logical interface.
c. Enter the logical router interface name in the Name text box.
d. Select the Internal or Uplink radio button as the Type.
e. Click Change next to the Connected To selection box to choose the appropriate logical switch with which to connect the interface.
f. Select Connected for Connectivity Status.
g. Under the Configure subnets section, click the green + icon and assign an IP address and subnet prefix length. Click OK.
h. Repeat steps b through g for all interfaces to be created.
i. Click OK and click Next.

8. In the Default gateway settings dialog box, deselect the Configure Default Gateway check box and click Next.

9. In the Ready to complete dialog box, review the configuration and click Finish.