To use the virtual infrastructure provided by NSX Advanced Load Balancer, register your NSX Cloud instances with VMware Cloud Director.

An NSX Cloud is a service provider-level construct that consists of an NSX Manager and an NSX transport zone.

NSX Manager provides a system view and is the management component of NSX. An NSX transport zone dictates which hosts and virtual machines can participate in the use of a particular network.

If there are multiple transport zones managed by the same NSX Manager, then a separate NSX Cloud encapsulates each pair of NSX Manager and NSX transport zone instances.

An NSX Cloud has a one-to-one relationship with a network pool backed by an NSX transport zone.


  • Install and configure NSX Advanced Load Balancer with your NSX instance. For detailed information on how to configure NSX Advanced Load Balancer with NSX, see Avi Integration with NSX.
    Note: Enable DHCP on the NSX tier-1 gateway upon its creation.
  • Register a Controller.


  1. From the top navigation bar, under Resources, click Infrastructure Resources.
  2. Click NSX-ALB and then click NSX-T Clouds.
  3. To add an NSX cloud, click Add.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select a Controller instance for which to create the NSX Cloud.
  5. Enter a name and, optionally, a description for the NSX Cloud.
  6. Select an available Cloud from the list.
  7. To import the cloud, click Add.


The imported cloud appears in the list of available NSXClouds.

What to do next

Import a Service Engine Group.