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VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] Course Information

Course Length: 5 Days

This comprehensive, fast-paced training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX™. This course covers NSX as a part of the software-defined data center platform, implementation use cases along with features of NSX, and functionality operating at Layer 2 through Layer 7 of the OSI model.

Data center network architectures are examined to demonstrate how NSX intersects with and virtualizes functions of a Cisco-based infrastructure in spine-leaf and traditional core-aggregate-access architectures. Lecture and hands-on lab activities support the student’s understanding of NSX features, functionality, and on-going management and control.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Describe how NSX is the next step in the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Describe features and benefits of NSX network virtualization
  • Identify prerequisites for NSX
  • Configure and deploy NSX management, control, and data plane components
  • Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks
  • Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks in a UCS environment
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus and UCS products and features that are relevant to NSX
  • Configure and deploy NSX distributed router to optimize East-West data center traffic flows
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX Edge™ services gateway appliances
  • Configure and use NSX virtual private networks
  • Configure and use logical load balancing
  • Configure NSX Edge Firewall and Distributed Firewall policy rules
  • Configure Service Composer security groups and policies
  • Use role-based access to control user account privileges
  • Use activity monitoring to validate and create security policies
  • Describe how VMware vRealize™ Automation and NSX enable automated provisioning of IT services and networks
  • Design a NSX solution with Cisco Nexus and Cisco UCS


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification.
  • A solid background in a Cisco-based infrastructure or NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.1].

Intended Audience

Experienced system administrators that specialize in networking

Sample VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Describe the software-defined data center concepts
    • Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
    • Discuss VMware vSphere® virtualization
    • Describe network virtualization

  3. vSphere Networking Fundamentals
    • Describe vSphere virtual networking
    • Describe vSphere distributed switches

  4. Management and Control Planes
    • Describe the role of VMware NSX Manager™ and VMware NSX Controller™
    • Identify NSX Controller clustering best practices
    • Deploy the NSX Manager instance and the NSX Controller cluster

  5. Logical Switch Networks
    • Describe VXLAN protocol
    • Identify VTEP functions
    • Describe how NSX logical switches process Broadcast, Unknown  unicast, and Multicast  traffic
    • Describe ARP suppression
    • Compare unicast, multicast, and hybrid controller replication modes

  6. Nexus and UCS Architecture
    • Describe a Cisco Nexus switching architecture
    • Identify a Cisco UCS connectivity architecture
    • Describe Cisco UCS profiles

  7. Distributed Logical Router
    • Describe the role of the NSX logical router and NSX Edge gateway
    • Diagram East-West and North-South traffic flows
    • Describe the distributed logical router
    • Describe the distributed logical router control virtual machine

  8. NSX Edge Routing and High Availability
    • Describe the features of the NSX Edge services gateway
    • Configure static and dynamic routing on NSX Edge
    • Describe NSX Edge network address translation operation
    • Describe NSX Edge one-arm and inline load balancing
    • Compare NSX Edge high availability modes
    • Scale and place NSX Edge appliances

  9. Virtual Private Networks
    • Identify NSX VPN use cases
    • Configure site-to-site IPsec VPNs
    • Configure SSL VPNs for remote access
    • Configure Layer 2 VPN

  10. Layer 2 Bridging
    • Describe Layer 2 bridging between VXLAN and VLAN
    • Describe the traffic flow between VXLAN and VLAN

  11. NSX Security
    • Describe microsegmentation
    • Compare NSX Edge and NSX Distributed Firewalls to traditional firewalls
    • Configure NSX firewall policies
    • Extend the functionality of NSX with Service Composer
    • Configure security groups and security policies with Service Composer

  12. Operations
    • Implement NSX role-based access control
    • Analyze NSX flow monitoring data
    • Create or modify firewall rules from NSX flow monitoring data

  13. Automation
    • Describe VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™
    • Describe the vRealize Automation capabilities
    • Describe how vRealize Automation and NSX interact

  14. Extensibility and Design
    • Describe VMware NSX API™
    • Identify the NSX and Cisco design options