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Learning VMware NSX

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Learn how to create a software-defined data center on top of your physical network with VMware NSX.

Software-defined networking is the next "big thing" in IT virtualization, and being able to administer an SDN will be a key skill for any IT professional. NSX is VMware's SDN platform, and this course will show how to get it up and running.

VMware Certified Instructor Bill Ferguson covers the basics of NSX (including NSX components) and techniques for creating a software-defined data center. He shows how to configure a controller cluster, prepare hosts for VXLAN networking, and configure logical switches and distributed routers. Later in the course, Bill configures static and OSPF routing, load balancing, and a simple VPN, as well as high availability with NSX Edge. By the end of the training, viewers should be able to use NSX on top of their existing network resources to improve performance, deploy services, and increase security—without any additional hardware.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know
1. Software-Defined Data Center
  • A software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Initial requirements and installation
  • Leveraging what we already have
  • Virtual network concepts
  • NSX component overview
  • A virtual enterprise topology
2. Components of NSX
  • Configuring a controller cluster
  • Confirming controller status on the CLI
  • Preparing the hosts for VXLAN networking
  • Configuring logical switches
  • Configuring a distributed logical router
3. Network Advantages Realized
  • The end of hairpinning
  • Packet flow with a DLR
  • Understanding Layer 2 bridging
  • Services available on an Edge
4. Expanding the Environment
  • Configuring static routing
  • Configuring OSPF routing
  • Understanding SNAT
  • Understanding DNAT
  • Configuring load balancing
  • Configuring high availability on an Edge
  • Understanding VPN connectivity to NSX
  • Wrapping it up
  • Next steps

Taught by

Bill Ferguson

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