You configure your edge gateways in your vCloud Director environment to provide Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services to virtual machines connected to the associated organization virtual datacenter networks. If the edge gateway has been converted to an advanced edge gateway, you can use the vCloud Director tenant portal to configure DHCP services for that edge gateway.

As described in the NSX documentation, An NSX edge gateway capabilities include IP address pooling, one-to-one static IP address allocation, and external DNS server configuration. Static IP address binding is based on the managed object ID and interface ID of the requesting client virtual machine.

The DHCP service for an NSX edge gateway:

  • Listens on the edge gateway's internal interface for DHCP discovery.

  • Uses the IP address of the edge gateway's internal interface as the default gateway address for all clients.

  • Uses the broadcast and subnet mask values of the internal interface for the container network.

In the following situations, you need to restart the DHCP service on the client virtual machines that have the DHCP-assigned IP addresses:

  • You changed or deleted a DHCP pool, default gateway, or DNS server.

  • You changed the internal IP address of the edge gateway instance.

Note:

If the DNS settings on a DHCP-enabled edge gateway are changed, the edge gateway might stop providing DHCP services. If this situation occurs, use the DHCP Service Status toggle on the DHCP Pools screen to disable and then reenable DHCP on that edge gateway. See Add a DHCP IP Pool.