Before an organization administrator can configure load balancing services, a system administrator must enable the load balancer on the NSX edge gateway.

You can add an IPv6 service network either during the enablement of NSX Advanced Load Balancer or later.

Starting with version 10.4.1, VMware Cloud Director supports transparent load balancing. Transparent mode indicates whether the source IP address of the client in incoming packets is visible to the backend servers.


  • Verify that you are a system administrator.

  • Verify that you integrated VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer in your cloud infrastructure. For more information on managing NSX Advanced Load Balancer, see VMware Cloud Director Service Provider Admin Guide.
  • If you want to use an IPv6 service network to configure IPv6 virtual IP addresses for virtual services and IPv6 load balancer pool members, verify that you enabled DHCPv6 for the NSX edge gateway.


  1. From the top navigation bar, select Resources and click Cloud Resources.
  2. In the left panel, click Edge Gateways.
  3. Click the NSX edge gateway on which you want to enable load balancing.
  4. Under Load Balancer, click General Settings.
  5. Click Edit and toggle on the Load Balancer State option.
  6. If you are using VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 and you activate client IP preservation, toggle on the Tranparent Mode option.
  7. If prompted, select a feature set from the drop-down menu.
    If you enabled the edge gateway with a Premium feature set, you can only configure the edge gateway to use Premium features. If you enabled the gateway with a Standard feature set, you can choose to use either Standard or Premium features.
    Option Description
    Standard The standard feature set provides the load balancing features included in VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer Basic Edition.
    Premium The premium feature set provides access to some Premium features, such as, for example, additional load balancing pool algorithm types and pool persistence profiles, virtual service analytics, pool analytics, multiple virtual service ports, and additional virtual service application profile types.
  8. Enter CIDR for service network subnets from which to use IP addresses for creation of virtual services.
    You can use IPv4 networks, IPv6 networks, or both.
    You can use the default IPv4 service network subnet by selecting the Use Default check box.
  9. Click Save.

What to do next

Assign a Service Engine Group to an Edge Gateway.