VMware NSX Course

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  • This five-day, fast-paced VMware NSX-T Data Center 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.
  • Product Alignment:
  • NSX-T Data Center 3.0


  • Experienced system administrators
  • Network administrators

Skills Gained

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe VMware Virtual Cloud Network and the NSX-T Data Center architecture
  • Describe the NSX-T Data Center components and main functions
  • Explain the NSX-T Data Center key features and benefits
  • Deploy and configure NSX-T Data Center infrastructure
  • Configure layer 2 logical switching and bridging
  • Explain the tiered routing architecture and configure gateways
  • Configure advanced services such as VPN and load balancing
  • Describe the NSX-T Data Center security model with micro-segmentation
  • Configure Distributed Firewall and Gateway Firewall to protect east-west and north-south traffic
  • Explain advanced security enforcement with URL analysis, partner service insertion
  • Integrate VMware Identity ManagerTM with NSX-T Data Center and configure role-based access control
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center Federation use-cases and architecture for switching, routing, and security.


  • 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
  • Mware Network Virtualization Fundamentals


1  Course Introduction
  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives 2  VMware Virtual Cloud Network and NSX-T Data Center
  •   Introduce VMware's Virtual Cloud Network vision
  •   Discuss NSX-T Data Center solutions, use cases, and benefits
  •   Explain NSX-T Data Center architecture and components
  •   Describe VMware NSX product portfolio and features
  •   Explain the management, control, data, and consumption planes and function 3  Deployment Preparing the NSX-T Data Center Infrastructure
  •   Describe NSX Management Cluster
  •   Deploy VMware NSX Manager nodes on VMware ESXi and KVM hypervisors
  •   Navigate through the NSX Manager UI
  •   Explain data plane components such as N-VDS, transport nodes, transport zones, profiles, and more
  •   Perform transport node preparation and establish the data center infrastructure
  •   Verify transport node status and connectivity 4  NSX-T Data Center Logical Switching
  •   Introduce key components and terminology in logical switching
  •   Describe the types of L2 segments and function
  •   Explain tunneling and the GENEVE encapsulation
  •   Configure logical segments and attach hosts using NSX Manager UI
  •   Describe the function and types of segment profiles
  •   Create segment profiles and apply them to segments and ports
  •   Explain the function of MAC, ARP, and TEP tables used in packet forwarding
  •   Demonstrate L2 unicast packet flow
  •   Explain ARP suppression and BUM traffic handling 5  NSX-T Data Center Logical Routing
  •   Describe the logical routing function and use cases
  •   Introduce the two-tier routing architecture, topologies, and components
  •   Explain the Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateway functions
  •   Describe the logical router components: Service Router and Distributed Router
  •   Discuss the architecture and function of VMware NSX Edge nodes
  •   Discuss deployment options of NSX Edge nodes
  •   Configure NSX Edge nodes and create NSX Edge clusters
  •   Configure Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateways
  •   Examine the single-tier and multitier packet flow
  •   Configure static routing and dynamic routing
  •   Enable ECMP on Tier-0 Gateway
  •   Describe NSX Edge HA, failure detection, and failback modes 6  NSX-T Data Center Bridging
  •   Describe the function of logical bridging
  •   Discuss the logical bridging use cases
  •   Compare routing and bridging solutions
  •   Explain the components of logical bridging
  •   Create bridge clusters and bridge profiles 7  NSX-T Data Center Security
  •   Introduce the NSX-T Data Center security approach and model
  •   Describe the micro-segmentation benefits and use cases
  •   Describe the Distributed Firewall architecture, components, and function
  •   Configure Distributed Firewall sections and rules
  •   Describe the Gateway Firewall architecture, components, and function
  •   Configure Gateway Firewall sections and rules
  •   Describe URL analysis and distributed intrusion system importance and use-cases.
  •   Describe the service insertion functionality for east-west and north-south security
  •   Discuss the integration and benefits of partner security solutions with NSX-T Data Center 8  NSX-T Data Center Services
  •   Describe NSX-T Data Center services
  •   Explain and configure Network Address Translation (NAT) and NAT 64
  •   Explain and configure DNS and DHCP services
  •   Describe the load-balancing function, topologies, components, and use cases
  •   Configure L4-L7 load balancing
  •   Discuss the IPSec VPN and L2 VPN function and use cases
  •   Configure IPSec VPN and L2 VPN using NSX Manager UI 9  NSX-T Data Center Monitoring
  •   Explain the importance and functionality of NSX Intelligence
  •   Navigate through the NSX Topology UI and identify the various key elements in the UI
  •   Discuss the importance and use-cases of dashboards and alarms 10  NSX-T Data Center User and Role Management
  •   Describe the function and benefits of VMware Identity Manager in NSX-T Data Center
  •   Integrate VMware Identity Manager with NSX-T Data Center
  •   Identify the various types of users, authentication policies, and permissions
  •   Use role-based access control to restrict user access
  •   Explain the built-in roles in VMware Identity Manager and role assignment to users 11  NSX-T Data Center Federation
  •   Introduce the NSX-T Data Center Federation key concepts, terminology, and use-cases.
  •   Explain the onboarding process of NSX-T Data Center Federation
  •   Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation switching and routing functions.
  •   Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation security concepts and routing functions

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