Software Defined Networking with VMware NSX
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Software Defined Networking with VMware NSX

A comprehensive tutorial on the fundamentals of VMware NSX that explores its various services
3.4 (26 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Get an overview of the core building blocks for NSX
  • Get to know how to deploy NSX (Manager, Controller, Host preparation, and more)
  • Understand routing with DLR and Edges
  • Build a firewall with DLR and Edges
  • See an overview of other stateful Edge Services (LB and VPN)
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  • This practical tutorial provides real-world solutions to help you design and build network services and perform network virtualization within VMware-based infrastructures.

NSX is VMware's networking platform that allows networks and services to be deployed programmatically and is a crucial component in software-defined data centers.

This video course provides step-by-step instructions to help you quickly deploy SDN in production and perform network virtualization with VMware. It will help you install and configure NSX and show you how to deploy NSX on top of your existing physical network and gain control of every aspect of network components (switches and routers) and your connected IT workloads.

The next section covers how to deploy and configure VxLAN-based switches and manage and configure network and gateway services. Finally, you will learn how to use NSX to secure your environment. After finishing this course, you will be able to deploy and maintain network virtualizations and automate your VMware-based infrastructure in less time and in a cost-effective manner. All this will be covered through a practical real-world example right from the start of the course.

About The Author

Matthias Eisner has dealt with company networks for 10+ years. NSX is a perfect fit for the toolbox, helping customers on their journey building a fully automated on premise cloud solution. More than two years ago, he was elected into the initial VCI team teaching NSX in the first place, together with his counterpart Yves Sandfort. Furthermore he is one of three initial Instructors also teaching NSX design. This allowed him to support big customers by creating designs for NSX and supporting them during their migration into the Software Defined Networking world to build a solid basic infrastructure supporting the journey into the SDDC.
As a VMware Certified Instructor with a network background of 20+ years, Yves Sandfort was on the initial team to teach NSX in EMEA with his counterpart Matthias Eisner. They ran some of the very early customer classes and helped also to implement some of the first proof of concepts and later on production environments in EMEA. In his second role as a VCDX for cloud and management, NSX is one of his toolkits when he designs cloud architectures for private, hybrid or public cloud environments to build a modern SDDC implementation.

Who is the target audience?
  • This video course is for VMware administrators, and network and IT professionals who are taking their first steps building or deploying an SDN-based VMware infrastructure.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Installation and Setup
5 Lectures 43:57

·         This video gives an overview of the entire course.

Preview 06:12

While a legacy network consists of a lot of physical components, a software-defined network operates primarily in the virtual world, which doesn’t mean NSX does not have management, control, and data plane as well as other components that we are going to introduce.

NSX Component Overview

NSX controllers are vital for the infrastructure. They store important data tables for VTEPs, MACs, and ARP information. Let’s get to know them better in this video.

NSX Controller Deployment

The goal of this video is to know kernel-operated functions such as VXLAN. Distributed Firewall and Distributed Logical Router require additional components.

ESXi Host Preparation

NSX networking is built around VXLANs which is represented by logical switches. Let’s get acquainted with them in this video.

Logical Switch Creation
Static and Dynamic Routing
4 Lectures 32:26

NSX is often used to create a highly dynamic environment, which requires—in many cases—IP routing either static or dynamic. Let’s check that out in this video.

Preview 08:47

Dynamic routing within the enterprise is often done via OSPF. NSX provides the ability to use NSX with DLR and ESG. Let’s see it in action. 

Dynamic Routing OSPF

BGP is a common exterior routing protocol used to interconnect so-called autonomous systems over the Internet. It is also used by enterprises having uplinks to multiple carriers. We’ll take a deeper look at them in this video.

Dynamic Routing BGP

Routing in the virtual infrastructure can be challenging, as different types of traffic might be on the same host, whilst in different networks. This challenge is approached with a different north-south and east-west architecture in this video.

Routing Architecture
Deployment of NSX Routing with Edge and DLR
3 Lectures 15:59

East-West routing in NSX is solved by using the Distributed Logical Router, or DLR in short. Let’s take a look at it in this video

Preview 05:59

North-South routing is one of the typical use cases for NSX Edge Services Gateway (ESG), which includes more features than just routing. Let’s see it in action.

Deployment of NSX Edge for N-S Routing

While NSX edges are good for north-south traffic, the use of the DLR is good for east-west traffic. The combined use of both in combination with dynamic routing is the topic of discussion in this video.

Combining NSX Edge and DLR for Dynamic Routing with OSPF
Load Balancing with NSX
2 Lectures 19:40

NSX edge services gateway provides the ability to load-balance services for different protocols. The architecture allows for inline and one-arm setup. Let’s take a closer look at these topics in this video.

Preview 11:03

Deploying NSX load balancing is easy; we need to discuss just the configuration of the ESG.

Deployment of NSX Load Balancing
3 Lectures 29:43

Individual people need secured access to an application or network while on the road. Let’s discuss this in more detail in this video.

Preview 08:14

The goal of this video is to discuss how we can stretch a Layer-2 network within a corporation or across the cloud to provide one Layer-2 broadcast domain.

NSX Layer 2 VPN

In this video, we will see how networks can be securely interconnected between multiple sites or even within one site via IPSec VPN across different platforms and vendors.

Firewalls in a Modern SDDC
3 Lectures 32:30

A modern software-defined data center requires a new way to protect services, applications, and data from unauthorized access. We’ll take a look at just that in this video.

Preview 11:24

The different firewall options within NSX can be challenging. When to use DFW? when ESG? Let’s solve this dilemma.

Different Options with NSX Edge and Distributed Firewall

In this video, we’ll see a new approach applied with NSX—the implementation of microsegmentation—which allows more fine-grained firewall architecture with lower complexity levels.

Concept of Service Composer, Security Groups, and Microsegmentation
Deployment of NSX Firewall Technologies
3 Lectures 22:23

NSX Edge firewalls are normally used to filter north-south traffic. Firewall rules can be applied in multiple places; let’s check them out.

Preview 08:22

NSX distributed firewall provides traffic filtering directly at the vnic level of each virtual machine. We’ll see this in action in this video.

NSX Distributed Firewall

In this video, we will take a closer look at using the Service Composer in a real-life scenario.

Using the Service Composer
Third-party Options
2 Lectures 12:17

The goal of this video is to scour through some quick examples of NSX firewall.

Preview 07:46

NSX by itself provides a lot of features, third-party options that can expand the functionality. Let’s check them out.

Service Composer Integration with Third-party Vendors
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