Software-defined networking is the next “big thing” in IT virtualization, and being able to administer an SDN will be a key skill for any IT professional. NSX is VMware’s SDN platform, and this course will show how to get it up and running.

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.

What you should know
1. Software-Defined Data Center
A software-defined data center (SDDC)
Initial requirements and installation
Leveraging what we already have
Virtual network concepts
NSX component overview
A virtual enterprise topology
2. Components of NSX
Configuring a controller cluster
Confirming controller status on the CLI
Preparing the hosts for VXLAN networking
Configuring logical switches
Configuring a distributed logical router
3. Network Advantages Realized
The end of hairpinning
Packet flow with a DLR
Understanding Layer 2 bridging
Services available on an Edge
4. Expanding the Environment
Configuring static routing
Configuring OSPF routing
Understanding SNAT
Understanding DNAT
Configuring load balancing
Configuring high availability on an Edge
Understanding VPN connectivity to NSX
Wrapping it up
Next steps

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