Course: VMware NSX Network Virtualization

$252.89 incl. vat


duration: 28 hours |

Language: English (US) |

access duration: 90 days |


In this VMware training course you will learn about VMware® NSX Network Virtualization. You will learn about the benefits of NSX, its architecture, and different network and security technologies used. Later in this course you will learn about the physical infrastructure requirements, configuring vSphere networking, NSX Network Services and security. Topics that are covered are ESXi hosts, third-party, vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS), vSphere Standard Switch, TCP Segmentation Offload (TOE), VMware NSX Manager, VXLAN and far more.


After completing this course you are familiair with VMware NSX Network Virtualization.


You have a good basic knowledge about networking. Knowledge about VMware is a plus.

Target audience

Network Administrator


VMware NSX Network Virtualization

28 hours

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: Technology and Architecture

  • start the course
  • identify challenges within a physical network interface
  • define common terms used in VMware NSX
  • describe and differentiate functions and services performed by VMware NSX
  • describe common use cases for VMware NSX
  • identify the components of the VMware NSX stack
  • identify common topologies of physical networks
  • describe a basic VMware NSX topology
  • differentiate functional services delivered by a VMware NSX stack
  • identify upgrade requirements for ESXi hosts
  • identify steps required to upgrade a vSphere implementation
  • describe core vSphere networking technologies
  • describe vCloud Networking and Security technologies
  • describe and differentiate VMware NSX for vSphere and VMware NSX for third-party hypervisors
  • differentiate between logical and physical topologies
  • differentiate between logical and physical components such as switches and routers
  • differentiate between logical and physical services such as firewall and network address translation
  • differentiate between physical and logical security constructs
  • describe VMware NSX integration with third-party hypervisors
  • describe VMware NSX integration with third-party cloud automation products and services
  • describe VMware NSX integration with third-party network and security services
  • describe VMware NSX integration with third-party hardware including network interface cards and terminating overlay networks
  • manually register and install a third-party service with NSX
  • describe VMware NSX integration with vCloud Automation Center
  • describe VMware NSX deployment capabilities built into vCloud Automation Center
  • list VMware NSX components that can be pre-created using vCloud Automation Center
  • describe Network Profiles available in vCloud Automation Center
  • list VMware NSX preparation tasks that must be completed prior to attaching a network profile to a blueprint, and vCloud Automation Center preparation tasks that must be completed prior to deploying a machine with on-demand network services
  • describe the components and architecture on VMware NSX

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: Physical Infrastructure Requirements

  • start the course
  • describe common physical network topologies, including layer 2 fabric, multi-tier, and leaf-spine
  • describe trends in physical networks
  • describe the purpose of a leaf node and a spine node in leaf-spine architecture
  • identify virtual network topologies, including enterprise, service provider multi-tenant, and multi-tenant scalable
  • describe the benefits of a multi-instance TCP/IP stack
  • describe the challenges of a layer 2 fabric topology
  • describe the challenges of a multi-tier topology
  • describe the challenges of a leaf-spine topology
  • differentiate between physical and virtual QoS implementation
  • differentiate between single and multiple vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) Distributed Logical Router implementations
  • differentiate between NSX Edge High Availability and Scale-out NSX Edge High Availability implementations
  • differentiate between collapsed and separate vSphere cluster topologies
  • differentiate between layer 3 and converged cluster infrastructures
  • identify VMware NSX management and edge cluster requirements
  • describe minimum and optimal physical infrastructure requirements for a VMware NSX implementation
  • describe how different traffic types are handled in a physical infrastructure
  • determine use cases for available virtual architectures
  • differentiate between virtual and physical switch connection methods
  • describe VMkernel networking recommendations
  • describe challenges of physical networks and requirements for VMware NSX

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: Installing and Upgrading

  • start the course
  • define elements of MTU and dynamic routing for edge when configuring the physical infrastructure
  • define steps to take when preparing a new vSphere infrastructure including Quality of Service (QoS) and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
  • define guidelines and recommendations for configuring an existing vSphere infrastructure
  • describe how IP address assignments work in VMware NSX
  • identify minimum permissions required to deploy NSX in a vSphere environment
  • install VMware NSX Manager
  • register VMware NSX Manager with vCenter Server
  • install VMware NSX License
  • prepare VMware ESXi hosts
  • deploy VMware NSX Controllers
  • assign Segment ID pool and Multicast addresses
  • configure VXLAN Transport
  • install VMware NSX Edge
  • install vShield Endpoint
  • install Data Security
  • create an IP pool
  • verify that upgrade prerequisites have been met
  • upgrade vCNS 5.5 to VMware NSX 6.x
  • upgrade vCNS Virtual Wires to NSX Logical Switches
  • upgrade VMware NSX Components including NSX Firewall, NSX Edge, vShield Endpoint from 5.5 to 6.x and NSX Data Security
  • upgrade VMware NSX Manager from 6.0 to 6.x
  • update vSphere Clusters after VMware NSX upgrade
  • describe the function of a Transport Zone
  • add a Transport Zone
  • expand and contract a Transport Zone
  • edit a Transport Zone
  • change the Control Plane mode for a Transport Zone
  • identify the steps to install and upgrade VMware NSX components

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: Configuring vSphere Networking

  • start the course
  • identify vSphere Standard Switch capabilities
  • add, configure and remove vmnics on a vSphere Standard Switch
  • configure vmkernel ports for network services
  • add, edit and remove port groups on a vSphere Standard Switch
  • describe use cases for a vSphere Standard Switch
  • identify vSphere Distributed Switch capabilities
  • create a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • add and remove ESXi hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • edit general vSphere Distributed Switch settings
  • add, configure and remove dvPortgroups
  • configure dvPort settings
  • add and remove uplink adapters to dvUplinkgroups
  • create, configure and remove virtual adapters
  • migrate virtual adapters to and from a vSphere Standard Switch
  • migrate virtual machines to and from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • monitor the state of a dvPort on a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • describe use cases for a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • identify common vSphere Standard Switch and vSphere Distributed Switch policies
  • configure dvPortgroup blocking policies
  • configure load balancing and failover policies
  • configure VLAN settings
  • configure traffic shaping policies
  • enable TCP Segmentation Offload (TOE) support for a virtual machine
  • enable Jumbo Frame support on appropriate components
  • describe appropriate VLAN configuration for a vSphere implementation
  • configure vSphere switches and virtual adapters

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: NSX Network Services

  • start the course
  • configure global load balancing
  • create a service monitor
  • add, edit and delete a server pool
  • add, edit and delete an application profile
  • add, edit and delete virtual servers
  • determine appropriate VMware NSX Edge instance size based on load balancing requirements
  • configure IPSec VPNs including VPN services, parameters and logging
  • configure Layer 2 VPNs incusing enabling, adding clients and servers and viewing statistics
  • configure network access and web access SSL VPN-Plus including configuration, pools networks, packages, users and scripts
  • determine appropriate VPN service type for a given VMware NSX implementation
  • add and edit a DHCP IP pool
  • enable a DHCP IP pool
  • add and edit DHCP static binding
  • configure DNS services
  • add Source NAT (SNAT) rules
  • add Destination NAT (DNAT) rules
  • describe VMware NSX Edge High Availability
  • describe VMware NSX Edge High Availability best practices
  • describe service availability during a VMware Edge High Availability failover
  • differentiate between NSX Edge High Availability and vSphere High Availability
  • configure NSX Edge High Availability heartbeat settings
  • configure load balancing and high availability in VMware NSX

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: Configuring NSX Virtual Networks

  • start the course
  • configure IP address assignments on logical switches
  • add and remove a logical switch
  • modify control plane mode
  • connect a logical switch to a VMware NSX Edge gateway
  • deploy services to a logical switch
  • connect and disconnect virtual machines
  • test logical switch connectivity
  • determine distributed virtual switch type and version for a given VMware NSX implementation
  • identify where to install and configure VXLAN and physical network requirements
  • determine the appropriate teaming policy for a given implementation
  • identify high availability requirements for layer 2 bridging
  • add a layer 2 bridge to a VMware NSX Edge device
  • describe and differentiate router interfaces
  • describe controller and logical switch requirements for logical router deployment
  • add a logical router
  • configure a management interface
  • configure High Available for a logical router
  • configure edge routing
  • configure routing protocols including static routes, OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS
  • configure default gateway
  • determine if cross-protocol route sharing is needed for a given NSX implementation
  • create switches and configure VXLANs in a VMware NSX virtual network

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: NSX Network Security

  • start the course
  • describe service composer, identify security group assets and services in a security policy
  • add and edit security groups in Service Composer
  • create a security policy in Service Composer
  • apply a security policy to a security group
  • add, edit, delete, assign, and view security tags
  • create and edit an Edge Firewall rule
  • compare Layer 2 and Layer 3 distributed firewall rules, entity-based and Identity-based rules, and describe rule processing order and rule segregation
  • create and edit a Distributed Firewall rule and configure the source, destination, service, and action rule components
  • configure the order of Distributed Firewall rules, add, merge, delete, and import and export Distributed Firewall rules
  • identify reasons why virtual machines should be excluded from Distributed Firewall protection and recognize the steps to exclude the VMs
  • create a SpoofGuard policy and approve IP addresses
  • edit and clear IP addresses in a SpoofGuard policy
  • create a new Distributed Firewall rule, enable a rule, change the order of a rule, and add a new rule section

VMware NSX Network Virtualization: NSX Operations

  • start the course
  • identify NSX user roles and their permissions
  • describe SSO integration and configure SSO
  • identify when to use and how to configure vCenter user roles
  • configure inventory objects to users
  • enable or disable a user account and edit or delete a user account
  • describe NSX REST APIs and how they work
  • implement REST APIs in supported browsers
  • determine when to use VMware NSX API and how to access it
  • identifying various NSX monitoring methods
  • describe and configure flow monitoring
  • configure single and multiple virtual machine data collection
  • work with vCenter Operations Manager to view NSX network and security metrics
  • identify ways to view and analyze statistics, counters, and health for logical networks and services
  • recognize audit logs, information available in the logs, and permissions required for auditing
  • audit firewall rules using flow monitoring
  • describe NSX Ticket Logger and specify the steps used to audit infrastructure changes with NSX Ticket Logger
  • describe NSX data security and required configurations to configure and identify supported data security regulations and file formats supported
  • configure a data security policy
  • configure syslogs for NSX Manager and NSX Edge
  • configure Dynamic Routing information and basic Load Balancer logging
  • recognize that the CLI can be used for logging and identifying NSX Manager commands
  • identify the steps required to download NSX Edge and NSX Manager tech support logs
  • recognize the components that are backed up and restored when backing up NSX Manager data and the ability to export/import Service Composer Configurations
  • complete the steps required to backup and restore NSX Manager data
  • identify troubleshooting techniques for installation and configuration issues including, required ports, lookup service, licensing, permissions, and IP pool issues
  • use the command line interface to identify and troubleshoot NSX component and connection issues
  • configure a user role, scope, NSX Manager syslogs and download tech support logs

Course options

We offer several optional training products to enhance your learning experience. If you are planning to use our training course in preperation for an official exam then whe highly recommend using these optional training products to ensure an optimal learning experience. Sometimes there is only a practice exam or/and practice lab available.

Optional practice exam (trial exam)

To supplement this training course you may add a special practice exam. This practice exam comprises a number of trial exams which are very similar to the real exam, both in terms of form and content. This is the ultimate way to test whether you are ready for the exam. 

Optional practice lab

To supplement this training course you may add a special practice lab. You perform the tasks on real hardware and/or software applicable to your Lab. The labs are fully hosted in our cloud. The only thing you need to use our practice labs is a web browser. In the LiveLab environment you will find exercises which you can start immediatelyThe lab enviromentconsist of complete networks containing for example, clients, servers,etc. This is the ultimate way to gain extensive hands-on experience. 


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