Start the DHCP service to allow NSX Edge to automatically assign an IP address to a virtual machine from a defined IP pool.


A DHCP IP pool must be added.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click Networking & Security > NSX Edges.
  3. Double-click an NSX Edge.
  4. Click Manage > DHCP.
  5. Click Start.
  6. (Optional) Enable logging policy and select the log level.
  7. Click Publish Changes.


Important: It is a good practice to create a firewall rule to prevent malicious users from introducing rogue DHCP servers. To do this, add a firewall rule that allows UDP traffic only on ports 67 and 68 when the traffic is going to or from a valid DHCP server IP address. For details, see Working with Firewall Rules.

What to do next

Create an IP pool and bindings.