VMware NSX Course

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  • This five-day, hands-on VMware NSX-T troubleshoooting training course provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve competency in operating and troubleshooting the VMware NSX-TTM Data Center environment. In this course, you are introduced to workflows of various networking and security constructs along with several operational and troubleshooting tools that help you manage and troubleshoot your NSX-T Data Center.
  • In addition, you are presented with various types of technical problems, which you will identify, analyze, and solve through a systematic process.
  • Product Alignment:
  • NSX-T Data Center 3.0


  • Experienced system administrators and network administrators
  • Network and security professionals who work with enterprise and data center networks

Skills Gained

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

  • Use the native tools available in NSX-T Data Center to identify and troubleshoot the problems related to NSX-T Data Center environment
  • Use VMware vRealize Log Insight and VMware vRealize Network Insight to identify and troubleshoot the problems related to the NSX-T Data Center environment
  • Explain the NSX-T Data Center infrastructure components and the communications between them
  • Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot the following problems related to the NSX-T Data Center
  • Management, control, data planes, installation, and upgrade
  • Logical switching and logical routing
  • Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot network security problems related to the NSX-T Data Center distributed firewall, Gateway firewall, service insertion, and endpoint protection
  • Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot problems related to VPN and load balancer services
  • Identify the components and packet flows involved in the NSX-T Data Center datapath and troubleshoot various problems that could occur in the datapath


  • Before taking this course, you should have completed the VMware NSX-T Data Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V3.0] (VMNSX-TSICM) course.

You should also have the following understanding or knowledge:

  • Good understanding of TCP/IP services and protocols
  • Knowledge and working experience of computer networking, including:
  • Switching and routing technologies (L2-L3)
  • Network and application delivery services (L4-L7)
  • Knowledge and working experience of VMware vSphere environments and KVM-based environments

The VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (2020) certification  is recommended


1  Course Introduction
  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives 2  NSX-T Data Center Operations and Tools
  •   Explain and validate the native troubleshooting tools (dashboards, traceflow, port mirroring) for the NSX-T    Data Center environment
  •   Configure syslog, IPFIX, and log collections for the NSX-T Data Center environment
  •   Integrate NSX-T Data Center with vRealize Log insight and vRealize Network Insight
  •   Validate and review the APIs methods available to configure the NSX-T Data Center environment 3  Troubleshooting the NSX Management Cluster
  •   Describe the NSX Management cluster architecture, components, and communication channels
  •   Identify the workflows involved in configuring the NSX Management cluster
  •   Validate and troubleshoot the NSX Management cluster formation 4  Troubleshooting Infrastructure Preparation
  •   Describe the data plane architecture, components, and communication channels
  •   Explain and troubleshoot VMware ESXiTM transport node preparation issues
  •   Explain and troubleshoot KVM transport node preparation issues
  •   Explain and troubleshoot VMware NSX Edge transport node preparation issues 5  Troubleshooting Logical Switching
  •   Understand the architecture of logical switching
  •   List the modules and processes involved in configuring logical switching
  •   Explain the importance of N-VDS and VDS in transport nodes
  •   Review the architecture and workflows involved in configuring OVS
  •   Identify and troubleshoot common logical switching issues 6  Troubleshooting Logical Routing
  •   Review the architecture of logical routing and NSX Edge nodes
  •   Explain the workflows involved in the configuration of Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateways
  •   Explain the HA modes and logical router placements
  •   Identify and troubleshoot common logical routing issues 7  Troubleshooting Security
  •   Review the architecture of the distributed firewall
  •   Explain the workflows involved in configuring the distributed firewall
  •   Review the architecture of the Gateway firewall
  •   Explain the workflows involved in configuring the Gateway firewall
  •   Identify and troubleshoot common distributed firewall and Gateway firewall issues
  •   Describe the architecture and workflows of North-South and East-West Service Insertion
  •   Troubleshoot North-South and East-West service insertion
  •   Describe the architecture and workflows of endpoint protection
  •   Troubleshoot endpoint protection 8  Troubleshooting Load Balancing and VPN Services
  •   Review load balancer architecture and components
  •   Identify and troubleshoot common load balancing issues
  •   Review of IPsec and L2 VPN architecture and components
  •   Identify and troubleshoot common IPsec and L2 VPN issues 9  NSX-T Data Center Upgrade
  •   Review and perform the backup and restore of the NSX-T Data Center environment
  •   Identify the proper sequence of steps to upgrade NSX-T Data Center
  •   Describe the necessary pre-upgrade and post-upgrade checks
  •   Understand the upgrade coordinator architecture
  •   Review and troubleshoot the upgrade process for NSX-T Data Center environment 10  Datapath Walkthrough
  •   Verify and validate the path of the packet on the NSX-T datapath (East-West and North-South)
  •   Identify and perform packet captures at various points in the datapath
  •   Use nsxcli to retrieve several configurations involved in the NSX-T datapath

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