VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2]



This comprehensive, fast-paced training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX. You will learn about VMware NSX as a part of the software-defined data center (SDDC) platform. Additionally, you will learn how to use the logical switching functionality in NSX to virtualize your switching environment. The course also details logical routing to enable you to dynamically route between different virtual environments. Finally, you will learn how to take advantage of gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to help secure and optimize your NSX environment.


Experienced system administrators that specialize in networking


  • Understanding of enterprise switching and routing
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services
  • Experience with firewalls and firewall rule sets
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals* course for VCA-DCV certification

*This is a free course offered by VMware.

Learning Objectives

  • Evolution of the SDDC
  • How VMware NSX is the next step in the evolution of the SDDC
  • Data center prerequisites for VMware NSX deployment
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX components for management and control
  • Basic VMware NSX Layer 2 networking
  • Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX distributed router appliances to establish East-West connectivity
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX Edge services gateway appliances to establish North-South connectivity
  • Configure VMware NSX Layer 2 bridging
  • Configure and use all main features of the NSX Edge services gateway
  • Configure NSX Edge firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Configure VMware NSX distributed firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Configure Service Composer policies
  • Configure an identity-aware firewall
  • Use activity monitoring to determine whether a security policy is effective
  • VMware NSX Data Security
  • Cross-vCenter for VMware NSX feature

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Evolution of the SDDC
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware NSX

3. Management and Control Plane Components

  • Management, control, and data planes
  • VMware NSX Manager
  • VMware NSX Controller cluster4 Logical Switch Networks
  • Ethernet fundamentals
  • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Switch link aggregation
  • VLAN
  • VXLAN: Logical Switch Networks
  • VMware NSX Controller replication

4. VMware NSX Logical Routing

  • Routing protocols
  • VMware NSX logical router
  • NSX Edge services gateway

5. VMware NSX L2 Bridging

  • L2 bridging and use cases
  • Layer 2 software bridging
  • Layer 2 hardware bridging

6. Edge Gateway Services

  • Network Address Translation
  • Load balancing
  • High availability
  • Virtual private networking
  • Configure Layer 2 VPN
  • Configure IPsec VPN
  • Configure SSL VPN-Plus

7. VMware NSX Firewall and Security Services

  • NSX Edge firewall
  • VMware NSX distributed firewall
  • VMware NSX Data Security
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Service Composer
  • Identity-aware firewall

8. Operations and Monitoring Tools

  • VMware NSX component backup and availability
  • Role-based access control
  • Identify the monitoring tools
  • Flow Monitoring

9. Multi-vCenter for VMware NSX

  • Multi-vCenter for VMware NSX feature
  • Benefits of the Multi-vCenter for VMware NSX feature
  • Configure the Multi-vCenter for VMware NSX feature
  • Deployment models for Multi-vCenter for VMware NSX

10. VMware NSX and vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Automation
  • VMware NSX and vRealize Automation integration
  • Benefits of VMware NSX and vRealize Automation integration
  • vRealize Automation and VMware NSX application deployment topologies

11. VMware NSX and Physical Data Center Network

  • Data center components
  • Data center underlay network architectures
  • Data center scalability