Join Bill Ferguson for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Layer 2 bridging, part of Learning VMware NSX.
- I'm going to discuss Layer 2 Bridging…because it is one of the options that you can consider…as part of your NSX network.…It should be a one-off scenario though.…First, we're going to talk about the purpose…of Layer 2 Bridges, why you might want to use one,…and then, we'll talk about problems associated…with Layer 2 Bridges.…First of all, the purpose for Layer 2 Bridge…is to provide for a Layer 2 connectivity…into and out of the Software Defined Network.…
It's like a glorified crossover cable…that allows you to connect directly…into and out of the overlay, the virtual network.…So, you can connect from the virtual network, say…to a distributed port group that's part of vSphere,…but not part of your NSX,…but since that distributed port group can have an uplink…to the physical world,…that means that you can also follow that bridge…to connect from your Software Defined Network…all the way out to the physical world.…
Why would you want to do that?…Well, let's say you were doing…a Physical to virtual conversion,…what we affectionately refer to as a P2V,…
VMware Certified Instructor Bill Ferguson covers the basics of NSX (including NSX components) and techniques for creating a software-defined data center. He shows how to configure a controller cluster, prepare hosts for VXLAN networking, and configure logical switches and distributed routers. Later in the course, Bill configures static and OSPF routing, load balancing, and a simple VPN, as well as high availability with NSX Edge. By the end of the training, viewers should be able to use NSX on top of their existing network resources to improve performance, deploy services, and increase security—without any additional hardware.
- Overview of virtual networks and NSX components
- Configuring controller clusters, logical switches, and distributed routers
- Following packet flow with a DLR
- Understanding Layer 2 bridging
- Configuring static and OSPF routing
- Understanding SNAT and DNAT
- Configuring load balancing
- Configuring high availability on NSX Edge