About this course

Duration 5 Days

This comprehensive, fast-paced training course is designed for advanced Cisco network administrators who want a comprehensive understanding of how to use VMware NSX™ in their enterprise. This course focuses on how to use the power of the NSX network virtualization and security platform. This course covers NSX as a part of the software-defined data center, implementation, use cases, features, 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 your understanding of NSX features, functionality, and on-going management and control.


  • Experienced network administrators or system administrators with a strong background in networking
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification

Intended Audience:

  • Experienced system administrators who specialize in networking

All VMware course materials will only be available to delegates in e-courseware format. VMware will email delegates with instructions on how to access their e-book entitlement no less than 48 hours before their course is due to take place. 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.

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.

Delegates will learn how to

  • Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Describe how NSX is the next step in the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Describe Cisco Nexus and UCS products and features relevant to NSX
  • Describe NSX layer 2 networking
  • Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks in a UCS environment
  • Configure and deploy NSX distributed routers to establish East-West connectivity
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX Edge™ services gateway appliances to establish North-South connectivity
  • Configure and use all the main features of the NSX Edge services gateway
  • Configure NSX Edge firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Configure NSX Distributed firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Use role-based access to control user account privileges


Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

VMware NSX Components for Management and Control

  • Introduction to VMware vSphere® virtualization
  • Evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Introduction to NSX
  • VMware NSX Manager™
  • VMware NSX Controller™ cluster

Logical Switch Network

  • Ethernet fundamentals
  • Overview of VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
  • Link aggregation
  • VLAN
  • VXLAN: logical switch networks

Nexus and UCS Architecture

  • Cisco Nexus switching architecture
  • Cisco UCS connectivity architecture
  • Cisco UCS profiles

VMware NSX Routing

  • NSX routing
  • NSX logical router
  • Layer 2 bridging
  • NSX Edge services gateway

VMware NSX Edge Services Gateway Features

  • Network address translation
  • Load balancing
  • High availability
  • NSX Edge and VPN

VMware NSX Security

  • NSX Edge firewall
  • NSX Distributed firewall
  • Role-based access control
  • Service Composer
  • Security Monitoring

Extensibility and Design

  • NSX and Cisco design options

5 Days

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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Online booking is currently not available for this course, to find out more please call us on 01753 898320 or email us at info@qa.com to discuss how we can help.

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