After you successfully add a location to the Global Manager, you can import your configurations from that location's Local Manager appliance into the Global Manager.

You can import your Local Manager configurations into the Global Manager at any time after you have successfully added the Local Manager to the Global Manager. You can only import the configurations once.
Local Manager Configurations supported for importing into Global Manager
  • T0 Gateway
  • T1 Gateway
  • Firewall Security Policies
  • Services
  • Security Profiles
  • Context Profiles
  • Groups
  • NAT
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • Gateway Profiles

Local Manager Configurations not supported for importing into Global Manager

The following features are not supported with NSX Federation. Import of configurations into the Global Manager is blocked if you have any of these configurations in your Local Manager. You must remove unsupported configurations to proceed with importing. After your supported Local Manager configurations are successfully imported into Global Manager, you can add the configurations for any of the unsupported features back into your Local Manager.

  • VPN
  • IDS
  • Service Insertion
  • Guest Introspection
  • Identity Firewall
  • Forwarding Policies
  • L2 Bridge
  • Metadata Proxy
  • T0 VRF
  • Multicast
  • EVPN
  • Timed-based Firewall
  • Load Balancer
    Note: If you use a load balancer in the Local Manager, you cannot import the load balancer, but you can still import other configurations if you meet certain conditions as described in the section titled Importing Configurations if you have a Load Balancer service on the Local Manager.

Importing Configurations if you have a Load Balancer service on the Local Manager

If your Local Manager has a load balancer service, you can import configurations except the load balancer, if you meet the following conditions:
  • The load balancer service must be in one-arm mode on a standalone tier-1 gateway.
  • The standalone tier-1 gateway that the one-arm load balancer is attached to:
    • must have only the load balancer service and no other services
    • must not have any downlink segments
    • must not share Gateway Firewall rules with any other tier-0 or tier-1 gateways.
  • Groups used in load balancer service must not be used in any firewall rules. If you have groups common to both load balancer and firewall rules, you must either remove the group from the firewall rule or create an identical group to use with the load balancer.

Configurations created by a Principal Identity user in Local Manager

If you have configurations in the Local Manager that are created by the Principal Identity user and the same Principal Identity user is not present in the Global Manager, import is blocked.

You have the following options for importing these entities:
  • The system displays a list of Principal Identity usernames that are being used on the Local Manager to create configurations. Create each of these Principal Identity users in the Global Manager before proceeding to import.
  • If you do not want to create Principal Identity usernames in Global Manager, remove all configurations in the Local Manager that are created using the Principal Identity username. You can then proceed with importing other configurations from the Local Manager.


  • The Local Manager appliance must be registered with the Global Manager.
  • The Local Manager appliance must have a backup that you can restore in case the importing procedure fails.
  • You must remove configurations for unsupported features from your Local Manager appliance. You are provided guidance in the UI on how to resolve importing conflicts.


  1. Log in to the Global Manager and navigate to System > Location Manager .
  2. A system message appears for each location that has been successfully added into the Global Manager and has objects that can be imported.
  3. Click Import Now from the system message. You can also import objects by clicking Actions > Import from the location tile.
  4. You see a list of objects that can be imported into the Global Manager.
    1. If there are naming conflicts, you can provide a prefix or suffix for configurations. The total length of the object including the prefix and suffix must not exceed 256 characters.
      The prefix or suffix is applied to the following objects being imported:
      • Tier-0 gateway
      • Tier-1 gateway
      • Segments
      • DNS Zones
      • DHCP Profiles
      • Switching Profiles: IPv6, VNI Pool, Gateway QoS, BFD, IPFIX
      • Security Profiles: IPFIX, Flood-Protection, DNS Security, Session Timer, Context Profiles
      • L4-L7 Services (all services listed under Inventory > Services).
      The prefix or suffix is not applied to inventory and firewall objects, that is: groups, firewall policies and firewall rules, and to system-created profiles and services.
    2. For other conflicts, follow the guidance provided in the UI.


Local Manager objects imported into the Global Manager are owned by the Global Manager and appear in the Local Manager with this icon: GM icon. You can only modify these objects from the Global Manager now.