Install, Configure, Manage [V3.0]

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

This five-day, fast-paced course provides comprehensive training on how to install, configure, and manage a VMware NSX-T™ Data Center environment. This course covers key NSX-T Data Center features and functionality offered in the NSX-T Data Center 3.0 release, including the overall infrastructure, logical switching, logical routing, networking and security services, micro-segmentation and firewalls, and more. Access to a software-defined data center environment is provided through hands-on labs to reinforce the skills and concepts presented in the course.


Good understanding of TCP/IP services and network security and working experience with firewalls, working experience of enterprise switching and routing, solid understanding of concepts presented in the following courses:

  • VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
  • VMware Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX
  • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

Who Can Benefit

Experienced system administrators or network administrators

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives

Module 2: VMware Virtual Cloud Network and NSX-T Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Introduce VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network vision
  • Lesson 2: Discuss NSX-T Data Center solutions, use cases, and benefits
  • Lesson 3: Explain NSX-T Data Center architecture and components
  • Lesson 4: Describe VMware NSX® product portfolio and features
  • Lesson 5: Explain the management, control, data, and consumption planes and function

Module 3: Deployment Preparing the NSX-T Data Center Infrastructure

  • Lesson 1: Describe NSX Management Cluster
  • Lesson 2: Deploy VMware NSX® Manager nodes on VMware ESXi and KVM hypervisors
  • Lesson 3: Navigate through the NSX Manager UI
  • Lesson 4: Explain data plane components such as N-VDS, transport nodes, transport zones, profiles, and more
  • Lesson 5: Perform transport node preparation and establish the data center infrastructure
  • Lesson 6: Verify transport node status and connectivity

Module 4: NSX-T Data Center Logical Switching

  • Lesson 1: Introduce key components and terminology in logical switching
  • Lesson 2: Describe the types of L2 segments and function
  • Lesson 3: Explain tunneling and the GENEVE encapsulation
  • Lesson 4: Configure logical segments and attach hosts using NSX Manager UI
  • Lesson 5: Describe the function and types of segment profiles
  • Lesson 6: Create segment profiles and apply them to segments and ports
  • Lesson 7: Explain the function of MAC, ARP, and TEP tables used in packet forwarding
  • Lesson 8: Demonstrate L2 unicast packet flow
  • Lesson 9: Explain ARP suppression and BUM traffic handling

Module 5: NSX-T Data Center Logical Routing

  • Lesson 1: Describe the logical routing function and use cases
  • Lesson 2: Introduce the two-tier routing architecture, topologies, and components
  • Lesson 3: Explain the Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateway functions
  • Lesson 4: Describe the logical router components: Service Router and Distributed Router
  • Lesson 5: Discuss the architecture and function of VMware NSX® Edge™ nodes
  • Lesson 6: Discuss deployment options of NSX Edge nodes
  • Lesson 7: Configure NSX Edge nodes and create NSX Edge clusters
  • Lesson 8: Configure Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateways
  • Lesson 9: Examine the single-tier and multitier packet flow
  • Lesson 10: Configure static routing and dynamic routing
  • Lesson 11: Enable ECMP on Tier-0 Gateway
  • Lesson 12: Describe NSX Edge HA, failure detection, and failback modes

Module 6: NSX-T Data Center Bridging

  • Lesson 1: Describe the function of logical bridging
  • Lesson 2: Discuss the logical bridging use cases
  • Lesson 3: Compare routing and bridging solutions
  • Lesson 4: Explain the components of logical bridging
  • Lesson 5: Create bridge clusters and bridge profiles

Module 7: NSX-T Data Center Security

  • Lesson 1: Introduce the NSX-T Data Center security approach and model
  • Lesson 2: Describe the micro-segmentation benefits and use cases
  • Lesson 3: Describe the Distributed Firewall architecture, components, and function
  • Lesson 4: Configure Distributed Firewall sections and rules
  • Lesson 5: Describe the Gateway Firewall architecture, components, and function
  • Lesson 6: Configure Gateway Firewall sections and rules
  • Lesson 7: Describe URL analysis and distributed intrusion system importance and use-cases.
  • Lesson 8: Describe the service insertion functionality for east-west and north-south security
  • Lesson 9: Discuss the integration and benefits of partner security solutions with NSX-T Data Center

Module 8: NSX-T Data Center Services

  • Lesson 1: Describe NSX-T Data Center services
  • Lesson 2: Explain and configure Network Address Translation (NAT) and NAT 64
  • Lesson 3: Explain and configure DNS and DHCP services
  • Lesson 4: Describe the load-balancing function, topologies, components, and use cases
  • Lesson 5: Configure L4-L7 load balancing
  • Lesson 6: Discuss the IPSec VPN and L2 VPN function and use cases
  • Lesson 7: Configure IPSec VPN and L2 VPN using NSX Manager UI

Module 9: NSX-T Data Center Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Explain the importance and functionality of NSX Intelligence
  • Lesson 2: Navigate through the NSX Topology UI and identify the various key elements in the UI
  • Lesson 3: Discuss the importance and use-cases of dashboards and alarms

Module 10: NSX-T Data Center User and Role Management

  • Lesson 1: Describe the function and benefits of VMware Identity Manager in NSX-T Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Integrate VMware Identity Manager with NSX-T Data Center
  • Lesson 3: Identify the various types of users, authentication policies, and permissions
  • Lesson 4: Use role-based access control to restrict user access
  • Lesson 5: Explain the built-in roles in VMware Identity Manager and role assignment to users

Module 11: NSX-T Data Center Federation

  • Lesson 1: Introduce the NSX-T Data Center Federation key concepts, terminology, and use-cases.
  • Lesson 2: Explain the onboarding process of NSX-T Data Center Federation
  • Lesson 3: Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation switching and routing functions.
  • Lesson 4: Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation security concepts and routing functions

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