Follow the steps given below to deploy the service engine:


  1. From the NSX Advanced Load Balancer UI, navigate to Infrastructure > Clouds.
  2. Click the download icon shown on the right.
  3. Select qcow2 as the Type of SE Image. The Controller creates the new SE image. This may take several minutes, depending on disk performance. Once the image is created it will automatically be downloaded to your browser.
  4. Navigate to Infrastructure > Clouds and click the key icon to generate a new token. Copy the token, which will be used at the end of the next step.

    The new SE will be required to authenticate to the Controller by presenting a valid token that is generated by the Controller and placed on the SE. This token may be used only once, and will expire if not used within one hour.

  5. Create the SE VM from Prism.
    • vCPUs: 1

    • Cores per vCPU: 2

    • Memory: 2 GB

    • Disks:

      • Remove CD-ROM

      • Add Disk: Operation: Clone from Image

      • Service Image: Select the SE image name

      • Size: 10 GB

    • Network Adapters:

      • Create one NIC in the management network used by the Controller. This NIC is reserved for management.

      • Create additional NICs as necessary for access to client and server networks for load balancing traffic.


      While the management network may be used for load-balanced traffic, it will require a second NIC configured for that network.

    • Custom Scripts: Paste the following information into this section. This info is used to tell the SE about the Controller IP address and the auth token it should present. The auth token is already generated.

    AVICNTRL: [Controller IP address] AVICNTRL_AUTHTOKEN: [Auth token]

    In NSX Advanced Load Balancer, no-access cloud is supported for Nutanix Acropolis.

    Provide value for the following attributes in addition to the Controller IP address and the authentication token:

    • SE default gateway

    • SE management IP address

    • Subnet mask for SE’s management IP address

    AVICNTRL: [Controller IP address] AVICNTRL_AUTHTOKEN: [Auth token] avi.default-gw.SE: [SE Default Gateway] avi.mgmt-ip.SE: [SE Management IP] avi.mgmt-mask.SE: [SE Management IP mask]
  6. Power on the SE VM.
  7. To verify connectivity between the SE and Controller, navigate to Infrastructure > Dashboard and check the SE icon.
  8. Repeat as necessary to create any additional SEs.