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VMware on AWS - How to restore NSX DFW firewall rules to previous state

Customers who uses NSX day-in, day-out would like to have a point-in time restore functionality of DFW firewall rules. Many customer have a large footprints in VMC and make changes to DFW quite often. This feature was missing for long time and we could see its included in recent versions . Let's see how DFW configuration roll back works  NSX DFW configuration has versioning, and it is stored in the NSX Manager.  Every time when someone update DFW configuration, NSX creates one more version but keep storing the previous ones. You can rollback for previous config but reapplying it once again.  You can find the options under Networking & Security tab , > Security > Distributed Firewall . In the right side we see an Actions drop down. Choose View to get to the below screen.  Let’s go through the use case:  1. Original state- default config with no custom rules:  a. There are no saved configurations during last 30 days: In my existing test setup, with the current setting

[How to] Enable Multi-cast in VMware on AWS - NSX environment

I had a customer who were running few application VMs in their on-premises datacenter which uses multicasting as main mechanism in order to form cluster blocks. They are in process of migrating the workloads from On-premises to VMware on AWS SDDCs. The application Architect wanted to ensure that the VMC supports multicasting within AWS VMC so that they migrate the VMS ( Life & Shift) without major downtime/config changes to their applications clusters. Let's see how things works within VMC world In VMC setup the Multi casting feature is enabled by default. In SDDC networks, layer 2 multicast traffic is treated as broadcast traffic on the network segment where the traffic originates. It is not routed beyond that segment.   VMC Limitation:  Optimisation features such as IGMP snooping are not supported.  Layer 3 multicast (such as  Protocol Independent Multicast) is not supported in VMware Cloud on AWS.   In the above example case, the customer has L2 multicast, let's check i