- Sometimes people are concerned with whether a training video is the right fit for them. So, before we get started talking about NSX, I want to be very clear with you about what you don't need to know right now and what you do need to know. First, let's discuss what you don't need to know. You don't have to be a vSphere expert. The more you know about vSphere and about virtual machines the better off you'll be since we are installing NSX onto a vSphere environment, but I'll throw in a little vSphere training where needed so you'll understand how NSX installs on vSphere.
In addition, you don't have to be a networking expert. A little basic knowledge about networking is all it takes to get started, but any more advanced networking concepts that you happen to know will probably help you as well and you may be surprised at how closely virtual networks pattern to physical networks. So, what should you know? Or a better question, what should drive you to this training? Well, I would say, one of two reasons, either a need or desire to install NSX onto a network environment, maybe you're the person at the company who's been tasked with finding out about virtual networks and how you can use them or simply just a curiosity to know more about software defined data centers, software defined networks, and more specifically about VMware NSX.
In other words, all you need is a reason to watch and I'll fill in the details so you'll understand how NSX relates to vSphere and how virtual networks work along with physical networks. The more you know, the better off you'll be, but the only thing that you need to know right now is that you want to learn about VMware NSX.
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