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Configure NAT for datacenters

As part of the Abiquo NSX integration, you can use the NAT blueprint to configure virtual datacenters with NAT.

To configure NAT for a datacenter:

  1. Go to Infrastructure → Private → select datacenter → Network → Devices
  2. To define the NSX integration in Abiquo, create a NAT device

Create a NAT network

To use NAT in private cloud, first configure the NSX integration, then define the NAT device. NAT networks are very similar to public networks.

To use NAT in vCloud Director, you will need the definition of a NAT network that is compatible with an Edge interface network, which connects the Edge to the external networks.

To create a NAT network: 

  1. Go to InfrastructurePrivate or Public → select datacenter or region → Servers view → Network → NAT
  2. Click the + add button

  3. Create networks with ranges of public IPs for NAT



    Network Name

    The name of the NAT network

    Net. AddressThe network address of the NAT network


    The network mask in CIDR format. For IPv4, the networks created in the platform the netmask can have a value from 16 to 30 inclusive, and for IPv6, it can have a value of 64, 56, or 48.


    For NSX, the device that will manage the NAT network

  4. To add IP addresses to your network, click the + add button in the top right-hand corner of the Networks page.

    Enter the Number of IPs to create and the From IP address (the first in the range). The From IP address must be a new address that does not already exist in the network. After creating the first IP address, the platform will try to create the other IPs and it will skip any existing IP addresses. 

    For example, if you have IP addresses in network, which are 30, 33, and 34 and then you request 3 new IPs from The new IPs created should be as follows: 31, 32, 35. 
    IP Addresses

    When you add IPv6 addresses on strict networks, you don't need to set the starting address. On non-strict IPv6 networks, Abiquo recommends that you create an automatic IP address, or you can enter a From IP address manually.

The NAT network and IPs will display on the NAT tab. In the same way as for public IPs, you can quarantine NAT IPs as required.

Screenshot: NAT networks and IPs in private cloud with NSX

When users create virtual datacenters, the platform can automatically configure a NAT IP, and users can manage NAT rules, and purchase additional NAT IPs. See Manage NAT for virtual datacenters

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource NatNetworksResource.