Vmware NSX Install, Configure, Manage plus Troubleshooting and Operations Fast Track v6.4
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COURSE COST: $6375.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage plus Troubleshooting and Operations Fast Track [V6.4] is an intensive five-day, extended-hours course focused on configuring and troubleshooting a VMware NSX deployment. This course presents NSX as a part of the software-defined data center. You will learn how to use logical switching in NSX to virtualize your switching environment and how to use gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to help secure and optimize your NSX environment. In addition, you will be presented with various types of technical problems that you will learn how to identify and solve through a systematic process. You will also be introduced to several operational, management, and troubleshooting tools.


The primary audience for this course is as follows:

Experienced system or network administrators
The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:
Completion of the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals and Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX course, or that you have the following skills and knowledge:

Understanding of enterprise switching and routing
Knowledge of TCP/IP services
Experience with firewalls and firewall rule sets


Course to run is subject to a minimum enrollment. If the minimum enrollment is not met than the class may run as a live online virtual instructor led class. For more information, please contact 207-775-0244 or email: learn@vtec.org


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
Configure and deploy NSX components for management and control
Describe basic NSX layer 2 networking
Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks
Configure and use all main features of the VMware NSX Edge services gateway
Configure NSX Edge firewall rules to restrict network traffic
Configure NSX distributed firewall rules to restrict network traffic
Configure Service Composer policies
Configure an identity-aware firewall
Describe NSX data security
Use the cross-vCenter NSX feature
Establish and apply a structured approach and methodology for troubleshooting

Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot problems related to NSX logical switching, logical routing, and NSX Edge services
Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot network security problems related to the NSX distributed firewall and the NSX Edge firewall

Module 1: Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives
Identify additional resources

Module 2: Introduction to vSphere Networking
Describe vSphere networking components
Describe vSphere standard switches
Describe vSphere distributed switches

Module 3: Introduction to NSX
Describe the benefits of NSX
Identify NSX key use cases

Module 4: NSX Architecture
Describe the NSX architecture
Describe the cloud management, management, control, and data planes of NSX
Identify the component interactions
Describe the NSX Controller cluster and its functions
Explain the NSX Controller workload distribution

Module 5: NSX Infrastructure Preparation
Explain the steps required for an NSX installation
Describe what is involved in planning an NSX deployment
Describe the NSX Controller cluster and deployment
Describe NSX Controller cluster high availability and load distribution
Explain how to deploy and configure the NSX Controller cluster
Explain the workflow involved in host preparation

Module 6: NSX Logical Switch Networks
Explain transport zones, VXLANs, and VXLAN tunnel endpoints (VTEPs)
Describe the procedure of preparing the infrastructure for virtual networking
Describe the configuration of vSphere distributed switches for VXLAN
Identify the components involved in NSX logical switching
Define VLANs for VXLAN

Module 7: NSX Logical Routing
Explain the east-west and north-south routing concepts
Define the NSX distributed logical router
Explain the logical router, interfaces, and interface addresses
Describe the management plane and control plane interaction
Describe logical router deployment models and two-tier routing for east-west traffic
Explain the common topologies of an NSX Edge services gateway

Module 8: Advanced NSX Logical Routing
Describe how routers connect remote networks
Explain route redistribution methods
Describe less-than-or-equal (LE) and greater-than-or-equal (GE) configurations.
Describe routing event notification enhancements
Configure equal-cost multipath (ECMP) routing
Describe high availability for NSX Edge service gateways

Module 9: NSX L2 Bridging
Explain L2 bridging use cases
Describe software and hardware L2 bridging between VXLAN and VLANs
Discuss L2 bridging packet flows

Module 10: NSX Edge Services
Describe the NSX Edge services
Explain how network address translation (NAT) works
Describe source NAT and destination NAT
Explain NAT64
Explain the function of load balancing
Explain the one-armed and inline load-balancing architectures
Explain the DHCP and DNS services of NSX Edge

Module 11: NSX Edge VPN Services
Describe the NSX Edge VPN services
Describe the VPN use cases
Configure an L2 VPN on an NSX Edge device
Configure an NSX Edge device for IPsec VPN services
Explain NSX Edge SSL VPN-Plus services
Configure NSX Edge SSL VPN-Plus server settings

Module 12: NSX Security Services
Describe the policy enforcement of the distributed firewall
Describe virtualization context-awareness
Explain custom network and security containers
Describe the architecture of an NSX Edge firewall
Explain DHCP snooping
Explain ARP snooping

Module 13: NSX Advanced Security Services
Describe NSX SpoofGuard
Identify how tags enable dynamic security service chains
Explain Service Composer groups, policies, tags
Describe the Identity Firewall architecture
Explain Application Rule Manager
Explain how to create a monitoring session

Module 14: NSX Introspection Services
Describe the types of introspection services
Describe the installation and configuration of Guest Introspection and Network Introspection
Summarize Guest Introspection and Network Introspection alarms, events, and audit messages

Module 15: Cross-vCenter NSX
Describe cross-vCenter NSX features and use cases
Identify NSX Manager roles and NSX Controller cluster placement
Deploy universal logical networks
Explain the design considerations for cross-vCenter NSX

Module 16: Troubleshooting Methodology
Develop a structured troubleshooting approach
Differentiate between symptoms and root causes
Identify and isolate problems residing in various areas
Apply an appropriate methodology and procedure to troubleshooting

Module 17: NSX Troubleshooting and Operational Tools
Discuss NSX operational requirements
Use the native NSX tools (such as the central CLI, the NSX dashboard, and Application Rule Manager) to solve various types of problems
Use vRealize Network Insight to identify and analyze problems
Use vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX in troubleshooting and operations

Module 18: Troubleshooting and Operating NSX Infrastructure
Explain the NSX infrastructure and component communications
Troubleshoot NSX Manager and the management plane
Troubleshoot NSX Controller and the control plane
Troubleshoot problems in host preparation

Module 19: Troubleshooting and Operating NSX Logical Switches
Explain VXLAN and logical switching components
Verify the VXLAN and logical switch configuration and status
Identify and troubleshoot common L2 configuration errors
Use the GUI, the CLI, packet capture, traceflow, and other tools to troubleshoot logical switching problems

Module 20: Troubleshooting and Operating NSX Logical Routers
Describe the NSX logical routing architecture
Explain routing components, functions, and communications
Verify logical router configuration settings
Use packet capture on routers and perform packet walk
Use the GUI, the CLI, traceflow, and other tools to troubleshoot various logical routing problems

Module 21: Troubleshooting and Operating NSX Edge Services
Verify edge services (such as DHCP and DNS) configuration settings and operational status
Troubleshoot various types of VPN services (SSL VPN-Plus, L2 VPN, and IPsec VPN)
Verify the configuration and status of logical load balancers
Troubleshoot common load-balancing and high availability scenarios

Module 22: Troubleshooting and Operating NSX Security Services
Discuss the NSX distributed firewall architecture, components, communication channels, and features
Use the CLI and other tools to troubleshoot the configuration and operations of the NSX distributed firewall and the NSX Edge firewall
Explain and troubleshoot the Service Composer components and architecture
Troubleshoot common problems related to Identity Firewall
Verify Guest Introspection deployment configuration and functions, and troubleshoot common problems