Clear and Simple VMware NSX 6.2 and vSphere Virtual Networks
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Clear and Simple VMware NSX 6.2 and vSphere Virtual Networks

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a CCIE this is the NSX course for you! Ideal Prep for the VCP6-NV & VCP-NV-2019!
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Created by Rick Crisci
Last updated 7/2019
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What you'll learn
  • Describe basic network concepts such as ARP, MTU, Spanning Tree, Routing, and Switching.
  • Understand vSphere networking components and terminology, including Standard and Distributed Virtual Switches, VMNICs, vNIC, and VM Port Groups.
  • Understand key concepts related to VMware NSX Switching, Routing, and Security.
  • Describe the features of the NSX Edge Gateway, such as NAT, VPN, and Load Balancing.
  • You should have a basic understanding of networking and virtualization concepts prior to taking this course.

Are you looking for NSX Training? Do you want to learn from an experienced trainer who makes complex concepts simple and easy to understand?

I am a VMware Certified Instructor who has taught thousands of hours of live training directly for VMware. Most lectures in this course are 5 - 15 minutes long. A few deeper topics are slightly longer. This course gives you a complete understanding of NSX concepts. So join me in becoming an NSX Guru today!

VMware NSX is the most disruptive network technology in recent memory. Demand for employees who understand NSX will continue to grow as the product reaches maturity. This course is designed to help you understand all of the concepts behind NSX. We'll start at the very beginning, and learn basic networking. If you are a vSphere Administrator with a limited networking background this will be a huge help.

We'll then learn about the networking tools included with vSphere Enterprise Plus, including Standard and Distributed virtual switches. Basic concepts such as port groups and VMkernel ports will be explained in a clear and simple manner. We'll also look deeper into the feature set, covering topics like Private VLANs, Port Mirroring, and Network I/O Control.

NSX will be covered in a few different sections. First we'll learn the basics about NSX objects, and differentiate the Management, Control, and Data Planes. From there we'll dig deep into switching and routing functions within NSX. We'll also cover security, and how NSX can provide microsegmentation. I'll explain how Service Composer can be used to provide third party integration. And we'll look at Cross-vCenter NSX, which was released with NSX 6.2.

This course will also help you prepare for the VMware VCP exam. The new VCP-NV 2019 Certification can be achieved by passing the NSX 6.2 exam that this course is based on. In order to take the VCP6-NV exam you will need to complete some course requirements from VMware as well. Be sure to check those out as you prepare to get certified.

Who this course is for:
  • This network virtualization course is meant for system administrators and network engineers who need to understand how VMware NSX works.
  • Anyone planning to take the VCP 6 NV Network Virtualization exam (2V0-642)
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 07:02:20
+ Networking Fundamentals
7 lectures 56:33

Our Networking Fundamentals section begins with the tried and true OSI model. Understand the seven layers, and learn some handy tricks that can help you keep them straight.

Preview 14:20

Take a brief tour of the history of Ethernet while you learn key conceps including: Collision and Broadcast domains, MAC addresses, hubs, and switches.

Ethernet Basics

Maximum tranissmion unit (MTU) is a configuration that when properly configured can help make Ethernet more efficient. When configured wrong it can bring you network to a grinding halt. An MTU of 1600 is required for the NSX Underlay network.


What is an Ethernet broadcast, and what kind of problems do they create? In this video learn about the concepts of layer 2 broadcast and unknown unicast traffic.

Layer 2 Broadcast Traffic

When it comes to Layer 2 networks, loop is a four letter word. Learn how Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) avoids loops, and understand the drawbacks of this approach.

Spanning Tree Protocol

Learn the basics of IP addressing and understand why it is important. Understand concepts like private IP addresses and subnet masks.

Preview 13:05

Address resolution protocol (ARP) is a layer 2 broadcast that is used to learn MAC addresses. I will provide a simple explanation of when an ARP is generated and how it works.

+ vSphere Virtual Networking
4 lectures 55:55

This video explains how Virtual Machines are able to access network resources. You will learn about concepts like virtual switches, VM port groups, and VMkernel ports.

Preview 07:22

Learn about NIC Teaming methods, security settings, and traffic shaping policies available in the vSphere Standard Switch. I'll also explain the multiple TCP/IP stacks supported by vSphere 6.

vSphere Standard Switches

Learn how the vSphere Distributed Switch provides scalability to vSphere deployments. What happens if vCenter fails? We'll cover that, along with features such as load-based teaming and Private VLANs.

vSphere Distributed Switches

I'll provide simple explanations about network features that the vSphere Virtual Switch supports, including CDP, LLDP, Network I/O Control (NIOC), Traffic Filtering and Tagging, network health check, Netflow, Rollback, and more.

Virtual Switch Features
+ NSX Fundamentals
10 lectures 01:48:30

Why do we need NSX, and what benefits does it provide? What NSX components are in the Management, Control, and Data plane? And how is the initial setup of NSX done? Find out in this lesson!

Introduction to NSX

Learn about VXLAN encapsulation, and how it is used with the Logical Switch. We'll also look at how the NIC teaming method effects the number of VTEPs created.

Preview 15:57
VTEPs and NIC Teaming

NSX introduced a new type of virtual switch called a Logical Switch. Learn about the unique features and how it uses VXLAN transport instead of VLANs. I'll also show you how this allows layer 2 traffic to traverse a layer 3 underlay.

NSX Logical Switch Fundamentals

Transport Zones are used to define the scope of our logical switches. Clusters of ESXi hosts will be added to a transport zone.

Transport Zones

Understand the role of the NSX Controller Cluster and the MAC, ARP, and VTEP tables. We'll cover how these tables are populated and how ARP requests are effected.

NSX Controller Cluster
NSX Controller Cluster Part 2

NSX Controller Nodes must be deployed in clusters of three. In this video we'll learn how the NSX Controller Cluster distributes workload and handles failures.

NSX Controller Cluster Slicing

Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, and Multicast traffic are know collectively as BUM traffic. In this video you'll see the different replication modes that NSX uses to distribute this traffic across ESXI hosts.

Replication Modes

How does Logical Switching and VXLAN affect the ability to scale our network up? We'll draw some diagrams up on the whiteboard to show how NSX increases scalability by allowing us to deploy routers in the underlay network.

The impact of VXLAN on network scalability
+ NSX Routing Concepts
3 lectures 29:07

NSX features a hypervisor-based router called the Distributed Logical Router. We'll learn how it routes packets, and what interface types it supports. Network diagrams will be used to compare this to traditional physical routing.

Distributed Logical Router

Packets and Frames can contain quality of service values that ensure priority on the physical network. How are these values affected by VXLAN encapsulation?

Quality of Service

A Layer 2 bridge can be used to create an Ethernet segment that spans a VLAN and a VXLAN, and can even be stretched out to the physical network.

Layer 2 Bridging
+ Dynamic Routing
6 lectures 01:07:05

Before we dig into the routing capabilities of NSX I will provide a brief lesson comparing static and dynamic routing.

Static vs. Dynamic Routing

The NSX Edge is the swiss-army knife of NSX. It does VPN, Firewall, NAT, and other features. In this lesson I'll introduce you to the basics of the NSX edge.

NSX Edge Fundamentals

This video explains how the NSX Edge and the Distributed Logical Router can use BGP and OSPF to automatically exchange routing updates.

Dynamic Routing with NSX

You can utilize multiple NSX Edge Gateways to spread out ingress and egress traffic across a group of ESXi hosts. Learn these concepts, and understand what happens when a failure occurs.

Preview 08:30

The NSX Edge is part of the data plane, and actively passes network traffic. In this video we'll learn about how we can ensure that the effects of a failure are minimized.

NSX Edge High Availability

NSX can be deployed on vSphere in a few different ways. In this video we'll look at design options including management, edge, and compute clusters.

Cluster Options
+ NSX Edge
5 lectures 36:12

The NSX Edge can be used to establish a Layer 2 VPN connection with another NSX Edge - or with any compatible hardware! Learn how the Layer 2 VPN works, and what uses cases it is applicable to.

Layer 2 VPN

The NSX Edge can be used to create an IPSEC VPN. This is useful if you have two different networks that need to communicate over the Internet in a secure manner.


The NSX Edge includes a remote access solution called SSL VPN Plus. Learn about how this works, the supported authentication methods, and the different modes it can operate in.


Private IP addresses are not routable on the Internet, but are commonly used on most networks. Learn how the NSX Edge can translate private and public IP ranges.


You may have multiple VMs, like web servers, that serve an identical purpose. The NSX Edge can distribute traffic to these VMs and provide redundancy and monitoring.

Load Balancing
+ Security
3 lectures 28:53

One of the most attractive features of NSX is microsegmentation. Learn how you can create firewall policies that are enforced at the Virtual NIC level.

NSX Firewall Services

Service Composer can be used to automate your security posture. We can also use it to integrate third party solutions, such as anti-virus scanning and intrusion prevention systems.

Service Composer
Service Composer and Third Party Inegration
+ Cross-vCenter NSX
2 lectures 29:13
Cross-vCenter NSX Fundamentals
Cross-vCenter NSX Architecture