Distributed Firewall in a cross-vCenter NSX environment allows centralized management of rules that apply to all vCenter Servers in your environment. It supports cross-vCenter vMotion which enables you to move workloads or virtual machines from one vCenter Server to another and seamlessly extends your software defined datacenter security.

As your datacenter needs scale out, the existing vCenter Server may not scale to the same level. This may require you to move a set of applications to newer hosts that are managed by a different vCenter Server. Or you may need to move applications from staging to production in an environment where staging servers are managed by one vCenter Server and production servers are managed by a different vCenter Server. Distributed Firewall supports these cross-vCenter vMotion scenarios by replicating firewall policies that you define for the primary NSX Manager on up to seven secondary NSX Managers.

From the primary NSX Manager you can create distributed firewall rule sections that are marked for universal synchronization. You can create more than one universal L2 rule section and more than one universal L3 rule section. Universal sections are always listed at the top of primary and secondary NSX Managers. These sections and their rules are synchronized to all secondary NSX Managers in your environment. Rules in other sections remain local to the appropriate NSX Manager.

The following Distributed Firewall features are not supported in a cross-vCenter NSX environment:

  • Exclude list

  • SpoofGuard

  • Flow monitoring for aggregate flows

  • Network service insertion

  • Edge Firewall

Service Composer does not support universal synchronization, so you cannot use it to create distributed firewall rules in the universal section.