How to Add a Non-Windows Gateway in VMM in System Center 2012 SP1


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

In Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in either System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or System Center 2012 R2, you can connect a VM network to other networks by using a gateway.

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This topic is for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 only. Other available topics include:

After you add the gateway, you can configure a VM network to use the gateway, choosing between the Local networks setting and the Remote networks setting. To connect the VM network to a connected physical network, you will select Local networks. Alternatively, if you are a hoster, to allow your tenants, customers, or clients to connect their virtual machines (in the hosted environment that you provide) to systems on their own premises by using a gateway, you will select Remote networks. This action creates a connection through a VPN tunnel, to a VPN endpoint on the tenant’s premises.

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For a full list of prerequisites for configuring gateways that use the Remote networks (VPN tunnel) setting, see the “Prerequisites for gateways” section in Configuring VM Networks and Gateways in VMM

Use the following procedure to add a gateway device to VMM.

If you want to add a gateway to your configuration in VMM, you must first perform the following actions:

  1. Obtain provider software from the manufacturer of the gateway device, install the provider on the VMM management server, and then restart the System Center Virtual Machine Manager service. If you have installed a highly available VMM management server on a cluster, be sure to install the provider on all nodes of the cluster. For more information about installing the provider, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation.

  2. Configure the logical network that will be the foundation for the VM network that will use the gateway, and ensure that network virtualization is enabled on the logical network.

  3. Create an IP address pool on the logical network, and ensure that the pool includes the address that you intend to use on the gateway.

  4. Ensure that the gateway is configured with an IP address that is in the IP address pool that you created. Make a note of the IP address so that you can specify it when you use the following procedure to add the gateway to VMM.

To add a gateway in System Center 2012 SP1

  1. Confirm that you have installed the necessary provider software for the gateway device. To do this, open the Settings workspace and in the Settings pane, click Configuration Providers. In the Configuration Providers pane, review the list of installed provider software.

  2. Open the Fabric workspace.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Show group, click Fabric Resources.

  4. In the Fabric pane, expand Networking, and then click Gateways.

  5. On the Home tab, in the Add group, click Add resources, and then click Gateway.

    The Add Gateway Wizard opens.

  6. On the Name page, enter a name and optional description for the gateway, and then click Next.

  7. On the Credentials page, either click Browse and then on the Select a Run As Account dialog box, select an account, or click Create Run As Account and create a new account. Then click Next.

  8. On the Manufacturer and Model page, in the Manufacturer list, select a provider manufacturer, in the Model list, select a model, and then click Next.

  9. On the Logical Network page, in the IP Address box, specify the IP address of the gateway interface, in the Logical network list, select the logical network that will be the foundation for the VM network that will use the gateway, and then click Next.

  10. On the Connection String page, in the Connection string box, type the connection string for the gateway to use, and then click Next.

    For example, you might enter the connection string

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    The syntax of the connection string is defined by the manufacturer of the gateway. For more information about the required syntax, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation.

  11. On the Provider page, in the Configuration provider list, select an available provider, click Test to run basic validation against the gateway using the selected provider, and then click Next.

  12. On the Summary page, review and confirm the settings, and then click Finish.

When you are ready to configure the VM network that uses the newly added gateway, open the wizard or property sheet for the VM network, and on the Gateway page or tab, choose the appropriate setting for the connectivity of the gateway. You can choose either Remote networks or Local networks. If you choose Remote networks, you will also need to configure VPN connection settings that you have obtained from the administrator of the remote VPN gateway. For more information, see “Prerequisites for gateways” in Configuring VM Networks and Gateways in VMM and see the first procedure inHow to Create a VM Network in VMM in System Center 2012 SP1.

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