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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-446721-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-446721-4

More Than 11 Hours of Video Instruction on NSX

More than 11 hours of training on key NSX basics.


VMware NSX Fundamentals LiveLessons is a unique video product that provides a solid understanding of NSX product components for security and network virtualization. This video course provides the perspective for network administrators, security practitioners, and virtualization administrators to feel confident in their ability to deploy NSX.

VMware NSX Fundamentals LiveLessons contains 14 individual videos lessons, for a total of more than 14 hours of instruction. The videos consist of live teaching, screencasts, whiteboard instruction, animations, and more. Instruction throughout offers detailed explanations, tips, and configuration verifications. 

The video lessons cover the following topics:

Lesson 1 Software-Defined Data Center

Lesson 2 Networking Fundamentals

Lesson 3 NSX Lab

Lesson 4 NSX Manager and NSX Control Cluster

Lesson 5 Logical Switch Networks

Lesson 6 Distributed Logical Routing

Lesson 7 Edge Routing and High Availability

Lesson 8 Virtual Private Networks

Lesson 9 NSX Edge Load Balancer

Lesson 10 Distributed Firewalls

Lesson 11 Automating the Security Architecture

Lesson 12 Additional Edge Services

Lesson 13 Multi-vCenter NSX

Lesson 14 Operations

Skill Level

Beginning to Intermediate

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1 Software-Defined Data Center

Lesson 2 Networking Fundamentals

Lesson 3 NSX Lab

Lesson 4 NSX Manager and NSX Control Cluster

Lesson 5 Logical Switch Networks

Lesson 6 Distributed Logical Routing

Lesson 7 Edge Routing and High Availability

Lesson 8 Virtual Private Networks

Lesson 9 NSX Edge Load Balancer

Lesson 10 Distributed Firewalls

Lesson 11 Automating the Security Architecture

Lesson 12 Additional Edge Services

Lesson 13 Multi-vCenter NSX

Lesson 14 Operations

Who Should Take This Course

The target audience for this course consists of IT professionals who want to understand the VMware NSX platform, its security, and network virtualization capabilities. 

The product focuses on theoretical and practical configuration. Users should have some background in IT, networking, and vSphere. 

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Lesson 1: The Software-Defined Data Center

This lesson covers the concepts of the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the transformation happening in this space. Focus then shifts to the role VMware vSphere has in providing the foundation for network virtualization.

Lesson 2: Networking Fundamentals

This lesson provides the networking foundation needed for viewers with a non-networking background to understand the fundamental capabilities of modern data center networking. Topics include Ethernet switching fundamentals and vSphere virtual networking, including distributed switching and network topologies.

Lesson 3: NSX Lab 

This lesson focuses on the topology used throughout the rest of the lessons and describes the conceptual, physical, and logical networks. This lesson includes reference material for subsequent lesson units.

Lesson 4: NSX Manager and NSX Control Cluster 

This lessons introduces the management and control plane components of NSX (NSX Manager and NSX controllers) and describes their purposes in the architecture. It also details various best practices for each.

Lesson 5: Logical Switch Networks

This lesson focuses on the first building blocks of virtualized networking, logical switching. Topics include VXLAN protocol fundamentals, VTEP functions, traffic flows for broadcast, unknown unicast and multicast traffic, and the ARP suppression capabilities within NSX. Additionally, this lesson examines controller replication modes along with Top of Rack integration via the OVSDB protocol.

Lesson 6: Distributed Logical Routing

This lesson provides information on the routing capabilities of NSX, including static and dynamic routing with OSPF and BGP. The lesson also explains the NSX Edge and DLR routing capabilities and shared best practices around the DLR route control virtual machine.

Lesson 7: Edge Routing and High Availability

This lesson covers NSX Edge Services Gateway routing features, including static and dynamic routing with OSPF and BGP. The lesson also compares and contrasts high availability modes and shares best practices on scale and placement of the NSX Edge appliances.

Lesson 8: Virtual Private Networks

This lesson describes the use cases for the VPN offerings available in NSX before focusing on each available option. The lesson covers site-to-site IPsec VPNs, SSL VPNs, and Layer 2 VPNs and provides best practices for each.

Lesson 9: NSX Edge Load Balancer

This lesson focuses on the NSX load balancing capability. Topics include one-armed load balancing, in-line load balancing, SSL offload, and service profiles.

Lesson 10: Distributed Firewalls

This lesson covers the concepts of micro segmentation and the zero-trust model. The lesson continues with a description of the architecture of the distributed firewall compared to traditional firewalls, and concludes with a look at the installation and configuration of the distributed firewall.

Lesson 11: Automating the Security Architecture

This lesson introduces the NSX Service Composer tool and illustrates how to configure security policies. It also explains and demonstrates third-party integration using Service Composer. 

Lesson 12: Additional Edge Services

This lesson provides information on functions available in NSX including L2 bridging on the distributed logical router; NAT and DHCP configuration on the Edge; and data security and activity monitoring across the platform.

Lesson 13: Multi-vCenter and NSX

This lesson focuses on the new components and architecture added with NSX 6.2’s Multi-vCenter capability. The lesson explains and shares best practices for migration from a single vCenter deployment to Multi-vCenter. 

Lesson 14: Operations 

This lesson focuses on operational aspects of NSX, including roles-based access control, NSX flow monitoring, NSX activity monitoring, logging capabilities, and new path troubleshooting tools.

About LiveLessons Video Training

LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more. 

View all LiveLessons on InformIT at http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/livelessons. 

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Software-Defined Data Center

1.1 Software-Defined Data Center Concepts

1.2 Evolution of the Software-Defined Data Center

1.3 VMware vSphere Virtualization

1.4 Understanding Network Virtualization

Lesson 2: Networking Fundamentals

2.1 Ethernet Switching Fundamentals

2.2 Data Center Network Topologies – Traditional

2.3 Data Center Network Topologies – Emerging

Lesson 3: NSX Lab

3.1 Introducing the VMware Hands-on Labs (HOL)

3.2 Examining the Lab Physical Topology

3.3 Examining the Lab Logical Topology

3.4 Examining the Lab Application Topologies

3.5 VMware HOL NSX Tips and Tricks

Lesson 4: NSX Manager and NSX Control Cluster

4.1 Introducing the Management, Control, and Data Plane

4.2 Adding Network Virtualization Components to Create a True SDDC

4.3 Exploring NSX 6.2 Basic Design

4.4 Examining NSX Components and Access Methods

4.5 Understanding and Deploying NSX 6.2 Manager

4.6 Installing NSX 6.2 Manager

4.7 Understanding NSX 6.2 Controller

4.8 Deploying NSX 6.2 Controller

4.9 Understanding NSX 6.2 Cluster (Host) Preparation

4.10 Performing Communication Channel Health Checks and Verification

Lesson 5: Logical Switch Networks

5.1 Logical Switch Networks: Overview and Goals

5.2 Logical Switch Networks: Evolution

5.3 Understanding Encapsulation Fundamentals

5.4 Introducing VXLAN Tunnel Endpoints (VTEP), Segment IDs (SID), and the Transport Zone (TZ)

5.5 Understanding the Logical Switch and Packet Walk

5.6 Introducing Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, and Multicast (BUM)

5.7 Examining a BUM Packet Walk

5.8 Configuring a Logical Switch

5.9 Design Solutions Using Hardware VTEPs and OVSDB

5.10 Connecting the Physical Domain with the Virtual Domain (VLAN to VXLAN)

Lesson 6: Distributed Logical Routing

6.1 Centralized vs. Distributed Routing

6.2 Distributed Logical Router Architecture

6.3 Deploying Distributed Logical Router

6.4 Routing Protocols

Lesson 7: Edge Routing and High Availability

7.1 NSX Edge Services Gateway Routing Features

7.2 Static Routing on NSX Edge

7.3 Dynamic Routing on NSX Edge: Overview

7.4 Dynamic Routing on NSX Edge: OSPF Support

7.5 Dynamic Routing on NSX Edge: BGP Support

7.6 NSX High Availability Mode

7.7 Scale and Placement of NSX Edge Appliances

Lesson 8: Virtual Private Networks

8.1 Securing Communication Paths with VPNs

8.2 Enabling Remote Users to Connect Securely (SSL VPN-Plus)

8.3 Introducing SSL VPN Gateway (Web and Network Access Mode)

8.4 Configuring SSL VPN-Plus

8.5 Understanding Site-to-Site Connectivity

8.6 Comparing Industry VPN Approaches

8.7 Layer 2 (SSL) VPN Use Case and Design

8.8 Configuring Layer 2 (SSL) VPN

8.9 Understanding the Unmanaged Edge

Lesson 9: NSX Edge Load Balancer

9.1 Introducing the NSX Edge Load Balancer

9.2 Comparing Inline to One Arm Deployment

9.3 Protecting Your Application – Application Profiles and Virtual Servers

9.4 Protecting Your Application – Service Monitoring and Pools: Overview

9.5 Protecting Your Application – Service Monitoring and Pools: Demo

9.6 Protecting Your Application – Application Rules

9.7 Application Profiles – SSL Load Balancing

9.8 NSX Load Balancer Availability

Lesson 10: Distributed Firewalls

10.1 Introducing Distributed Firewalls

10.2 Understanding Micro-segmentation, Zero-Trust, and the Goldilocks Zone

10.3 Designing DC Security Using Firewalls

10.4 Understanding the Technical Details of DFW Implementation

10.5 Creating Rules (MAC, IP, and Objects)

10.6 Scale and Performance Considerations

10.7 Configuring the DFW: Concepts and Mechanics

10.8 Configuring the DFW: Demo

10.9 Verifying the DFW

10.10 DFW Considerations and Additional Functionality

Lesson 11: Automating the Security Architecture

11.1 Understanding Security Groups

11.2 Understanding Security Policies

11.3 Understanding Security Tags

11.4 Putting It All Together with Service Composer: Concepts and Overview

11.5 Putting It All Together with Service Composer: Demo

11.6 Integrating Third-Party Solutions

11.7 Using Third-Party Solutions with Service Composer

Lesson 12: Additional Edge Services

12.1 Introducing Use Cases for Bridging, Address Translation, and IP Management

12.2 Connecting the Physical to the Virtual (P2V) Domain (Layer 2 Bridging)

12.3 Understanding the Details of P2V Bridging

12.4 Understanding NSX Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

12.5 Understanding NSX Edge Network Address Translation (NAT)

12.6 Introducing NSX Data Security

Lesson 13: Multi-vCenter NSX

13.1 Introducing the Multi-vCenter Architecture

13.2 Introducing the Multi-vCenter Components

13.3 Understanding Local and Universal Firewall Rules

13.4 Understanding Local and Universal Switching

13.5 Understanding Local and Universal Distributed Routing

13.6 Configuring Universal Distributed Logical Routing

13.7 Multi-vCenter Design Considerations

13.8 Migrating to a Multi-vCenter NSX Deployment

Lesson 14: Operations

14.1 Implementing NSX RBAC

14.2 Configuring NSX RBAC

14.3 Analyzing NSX Flow Monitoring Data

14.4 Creating or Modifying Firewall Rules from NSX Flow Monitoring Data

14.5 Configuring and Analyzing NSX Activity Monitoring

14.6 Configuring and Analyzing Logging Data

14.7 Troubleshooting with NSX Traceflow


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