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This five-day, fast-paced 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 2.4 release, including the overall infrastructure, logical switching, logical routing, networking and security services, micro-segmentation and firewalls, and so on.

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 2.4

Intended Audience:

  • Experienced system administrators or network administrators

In order to facilitate your VMware e-courseware provision QA will share your name and email address (that which we have registered for you on our business systems) with VMware. VMware will then send you directly the details of your e-courseware access no less than 48 hours before your course is due to take place. VMware will not use these details for any other purpose than provisioning you with your e-courseware.

Please note that these details are held by VMware outside of the EU. If you have an existing VMware MyLearn account it is imperative that you notify QA of the email address you have registered to this account. Should you have any questions or concerns about this please contact your QA account manager.

Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical pre-requisites

  • Good understanding of TCP/IP services
  • Working experience of enterprise switching and routing
  • Good understanding of network security and working experience with firewalls
  • Solid understanding of concepts presented in the following courses:
    • VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
    • VMware Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX
    • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

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 partner service insertion
  • Integrate VMware Identity ManagerTM with NSX-T Data Center and configure Role-Based Access Control
  • Gather relevant information and perform basic troubleshooting with various tools

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Overview of modules and 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 NSX-T Data Center Infrastructure Deployment

  • Describe NSX Management Cluster
  • Deploy VMware NSX® ManagerTM nodes on VMware ESXiTM 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 Logical 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 Services

  • Describe NSX-T Data Center services
  • Explain and configure Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • 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

8 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 Network Introspection service insertion for east-west and north-south security
  • Describe Endpoint Protection and use cases
  • Discuss the integration and benefits of partner security solutions with NSX-T Data Center

9 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

10 NSX-T Data Center Basic Troubleshooting

  • Introduce the troubleshooting methodology and process
  • Use various methods to collect local and remote log files
  • Describe troubleshooting tools, such as IPFIX, Traceflow, Packet Capture, SPAN, and so on
  • Solve basic problems related to installation, switching, routing, and firewalls
  • Use CLI commands to verify the component configuration and status in NSX-T Data Center

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