You can configure a DNS forwarder to forward DNS queries to external DNS servers.

Before you configure a DNS forwarder, you must configure a default DNS zone. Optionally, you can configure one or more FQDN DNS zones. Each DNS zone is associated with up to 3 DNS servers. When you configure a FQDN DNS zone, you specify one or more domain names. A DNS forwarder is associated with a default DNS zone and up to 5 FQDN DNS zones. When a DNS query is received, the DNS forwarder compares the domain name in the query with the domain names in the FQDN DNS zones. If a match is found, the query is forwarded to the DNS servers specified in the FQDN DNS zone. If a match is not found, the query is forwarded to the DNS servers specified in the default DNS zone.


  1. From your browser, log in with admin privileges to an NSX Manager at https://<nsx-manager-ip-address>.
  2. Select Networking > IP Management > DNS.
  3. Click Add DNS Service.
  4. Enter a name and optionally a description.
  5. Select a tier-0 or tier-1 gateway.
  6. Enter the IP address of the DNS service.
    Clients send DNS queries to this IP address, which is also known as the DNS forwarder's listener IP.
  7. Select a default DNS zone.
  8. Select a log level.
  9. Select up to five FQDN zones.
  10. Click the Admin Status toggle to enable or disable the DNS service.
  11. Click Save.