By default, the management gateway blocks traffic to all destinations from all sources. Add Management Gateway firewall rules to allow traffic as needed.

Management Gateway firewall rules specify actions to take on network traffic from a specified source to a specified destination. Sources and destinations can be defined as Any or as members of a system-defined or user-defined inventory group. See Add a Management Group for information about viewing or modifying inventory groups.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the VMC Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
  2. On the Networking & Security tab, click Gateway Firewall.
  3. On the Gateway Firewall card, click Management Gateway, then click ADD RULE and give the new rule a Name.
  4. Enter the parameters for the new rule.
    Parameters are initialized to their default values (for example, All for Sources and Destinations). To edit a parameter, move the mouse cursor over the parameter value and click the pencil icon ( ) to open a parameter-specific editor.
    Option Description
    Sources

    Select Any to allow traffic from any source address or address range.

    Select System Defined Groups and select one of the following source options:

    • ESXi to allow traffic from your SDDC's ESXi hosts.
    • NSX Manager to allow traffic from your SDDC's NSX-T manager appliance.
    • vCenter to allow traffic from your SDDC's vCenter Server.

    Select User Defined Groups to use a management group that you have defined. See Add a Management Group.

    Destinations

    Select Any to allow traffic to any destination address or address range.

    Select System Defined Groups and select one of the following destination options:
    • ESXi to allow traffic to your SDDC's ESXi management.
    • NSX Manager to allow traffic to your SDDC's NSX-T.
    • vCenter to allow traffic to your SDDC's vCenter Server.
    Services

    Select the service types that the rule applies to. The list of service types depends on your choices for Sources and Destinations.

    Action The only action available for a new management gateway firewall rule is Allow.
    The new rule is enabled by default. Slide the toggle to the left to disable it.
  5. Click PUBLISH to create the rule.
    Firewall rules are applied in order from top to bottom. Because there is a default Drop rule at the bottom and the rules above are always Allow rules, management gateway firewall rule order has no impact on traffic flow.

Example: Create a Management Gateway Firewall Rule

To create a management gateway firewall rule that enables vMotion traffic from the on-premises ESXi hosts to the ESXi hosts in the SDDC:
  1. Create a management inventory group that contains the on-premises ESXi hosts that you want to enable for vMotion to the SDDC.
  2. Create a management gateway rule with source ESXi and destination on-premises ESXi hosts.
  3. Create another management gateway rule with source on-premises ESXi hosts group and destination ESXi with a vMotion service.

What to do next

You can take any or all of these optional actions with an existing firewall rule.

  • Click the gear icon to view or modify rule logging settings. Log entries are sent to the VMwarevRealize Log Insight Cloud Service. See Using vRealize Log Insight Cloud in the VMware Cloud on AWS Operations Guide.

  • Click the graph icon to view statistics for the rule, including:
    Popularity Index
    Number of times the rule was triggered in the past 24 hours.
    Hit Count
    Number of times the rule was triggered since it was created.
    Statistics start accumulating as soon as the rule is enabled.