NSX Cloud uses AWS Tags extensively to allow NSX to manage your VMs and enable other services.

Important:

You can assign tags either to the VM or to an interface. Once you assign the mandatory nsx:network tag to either the VM or an interface, you must assign the other tags to the same.

Table 1. AWS Tags for NSX Cloud

Mandatory or Optional

AWS Tag: Key

AWS Tag: Value

Purpose

Mandatory

nsx:network

  • Overlay VM: UUID of the Logical Switch attached to this VM

  • Non-overlay VM: default

When this tag is applied to a VM with the NSX agent installed on it, the VM becomes NSX-managed.

See Prepare your VMs for NSX for detailed instructions.

Optional

nsx:publicip

Elastic IP address from AWS

This tag enables NAT on the VM.

See Enable NAT on NSX-managed VMs for detailed instructions.

Optional

nsx:directroute.[n]

IPv4 CIDR or vpc-cidr-block

This tag enables outbound Distributed Services Routing.

See Access AWS Services in the Underlay Network for detailed instructions.

Optional

nsx:directinbound

true (case-sensitive)

This tag, along with the nsx:directroute.[n] tag, enables inbound Distributed Services Routing.

See Access AWS Services in the Underlay Network for detailed instructions.