VMware HCX Network Extension is an L2 bridging function initiated at the source site.

If you are using the HCX Manager UI (stand-alone or vSphere Client plug-in), you can extend networks by selecting one or more Distributed Port Groups or NSX Logical Switches. When you extend a network, a corresponding NSX Logical Switch is created at the destination site.

If you are using the vSphere Client Networking interface, you can select a single Distributed virtual Port Group and extend it.

Note:

For a list of restrictions regarding Network Extension, see Restrictions and Limitations for Network Extension.

For the operational limits supported with HCX Network Extension, see Configuration and Service Limits for VMware HCX.

Procedure

  1. If you are using the HCX Manager UI, follow these steps to select a network for extension:
    1. In the HCX Services menu, select Network Extension.

      A summary screen appears displaying all configured site pairs. Expand a site pair to see the associated Service Mesh information. Expand a Service Mesh to see the associated Network Extensions.

    2. At the top of the page, select Extend Networks.

      A screen appears prompting you for the target site network selections.

    3. Select a Service Mesh.
      Note:

      If you have only one Service Mesh, it is selected by default.

    4. Select one or more Distributed Port Groups or NSX Logical Switches.

      You can use the available filters to hide networks that are ineligible for extension, hide networks that do not have virtual machines associated with them, or hide networks without extension.

    5. Click Next.
  2. If you are using the vSphere Client Networking interface, follow these steps to select a network for extension:
    1. From the vSphere menu, select Networking.
    2. Right-click a Distributed Port Group.
    3. Locate HCX Actions near the bottom of the list, and select Extend Network to HCX Target Site.

      A screen appears prompting you for the target site network selections.

    4. Expand Remote Site Connection and select a site.
      Note:

      If you have only one site pairing, it is selected by default.

  3. Use the drop-down menu to select the Destination First Hop Router.

    If you are extending a network to a vCenter with NSXv, select an Edge Services Gateway (ESG) or Distributed Logical Router (DLR) from the drop-down menu.

    If you are extending a network to a vCenter with NSX-T, select a tier-1 router.

  4. Provide the Gateway IP address and Prefix Length for the network being extended in the format <gateway IP/Prefix Length>. For example: 192.168.10.1/24.

    For a vCD target cloud, click the extended option drop-down menu and optionally specify the DNS configuration.

  5. Select the Extension appliance.
  6. (Optional) For each source network, expand Settings - optional and check the appropriate options:
    Allow Overlapping VLAN

    The HCX Manager prevents you from extending networks that have the same VLAN ID and Gateway IP address. Select this option to override system and allow duplicate VLAN IDs.

    DNS entries

    For a vCD target cloud, optionally specify the DNS configuration: Primary DNS, Secondary DNS, and DNS Suffix.

  7. (Optional) Depending on the NSX version running in your data center, select Mobility Optimized Networking for all workloads that require routing through the local gateway at the target site.

    For more information about MON and additional configuration settings, see HCX Network Extension with Mobility Optimized Networking for NSX-T.

  8. To finish, click Extend.

    To view the task status, navigate to the HCX Dashboard and scroll down to the Activity Logs display.