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Bayu Wibowo, Tony Sangha
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782174257
Paperback584 pages

Book Description

This book begins with a brief introduction to VMware's NSX for vSphere Network Virtualization solutions and how to deploy and configure NSX components and features such as Logical Switching, Logical Routing, layer 2 bridging and the Edge Services Gateway. Moving on to security, the book shows you how to enable micro-segmentation through NSX Distributed Firewall and Identity Firewall and how to do service insertion via network and guest introspection. After covering all the feature configurations for single-site deployment, the focus then shifts to multi-site setups using Cross-vCenter NSX.

Next, the book covers management, backing up and restoring, upgrading, and monitoring using built-in NSX features such as Flow Monitoring, Traceflow, Application Rule Manager, and Endpoint Monitoring. Towards the end, you will explore how to leverage VMware NSX REST API using various tools from Python to VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with VMware NSX for vSphere
Introduction
Choosing the right VMware NSX for vSphere edition
Selecting ESXi hosts and network adapters
Downloading NSX for vSphere
Deploying the NSX Manager virtual appliance
Replacing the NSX Manager certificate
Registering vCenter server with NSX Manager
Applying the NSX license
Deploying the NSX Controller Cluster
Preparing a vSphere cluster for NSX
Validating NSX VIB installation
Chapter 2: Configuring VMware NSX Logical Switch Networks
Introduction
Configuring VXLAN Networking
Configuring a VXLAN Segment ID
Creating a NSX Transport Zone
Creating a NSX Logical Switch
Connecting a Virtual Machine to an NSX Logical Switch
Testing an NSX Logical Switch
Enabling the Controller Disconnected Operation Mode on a Transport Zone
Chapter 3: Configuring VMware NSX Logical Routing
Introduction
Configuring the Distributed Logical Router
Configuring the Distributed Logical Router for dynamic routing
Deploying and configuring the NSX ESG in HA mode
Understanding and configuring the NSX ESG for routing
Chapter 4: Configuring VMware NSX Layer 2 Bridging
Introduction
Configuring Software-Based Gateway Layer 2 Bridging
Selecting a hardware VTEP gateway
Integrating Hardware VTEP Gateway with VMware NSX
Extending VMware NSX Logical Switch to Hardware VTEP Gateway
Chapter 5: Configuring VMware NSX Edge Services Gateway
Introduction
Configuring a DNS relay
Configuring a DHCP server
Configuring an Edge Firewall
Configuring Network Address Translation
Configuring Load Balancing
Configuring IPSEC VPN
Configuring SSL VPN
Configuring High Availability
Chapter 6: Configuring VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) and SpoofGuard
Introduction
Verifying NSX DFW component status
Configuring IP Discovery for Virtual Machines
Working with SpoofGuard
Excluding Virtual Machines from DFW Protection
Configuring DFW Session Timeout
Creating Security Policy Rules from the Firewall Table Menu
Creating Security Policy Rules from the Service Composer menu
Verifying DFW rules
Leveraging the DFW Applied To field
Deploying Network or Guest Introspection Services
Configuring the Identity Firewall
Chapter 7: Configuring Cross-vCenter NSX
Introduction
Configuring Primary and Secondary NSX Manager(s)
Creating a Universal Transport Zone and adding a vSphere cluster to the Universal Transport Zone
Creating a Universal Logical Switch
Creating a Universal Logical Router
Adding a VM to a Universal Logical Switch
Understanding and configuring the Universal Distributed Firewall
Chapter 8: Backing up and Restoring VMware NSX Components
Introduction
Backing up NSX Manager
Restoring NSX Manager
Restoring NSX Controller Nodes
Restoring a Logical Switch Backing Port Group
Restoring NSX Edge
Exporting NSX DFW Rules configuration from the Firewall Menu
Restoring NSX DFW Rules configuration from the Firewall Menu
Exporting NSX Security Policy from the Service Composer Menu
Restoring NSX Security Policy from the Service Composer Menu
Chapter 9: Managing User Accounts in VMware NSX
Introduction
Creating a service user account for vCenter server registration
Granting access to NSX
Creating and Managing CLI user accounts in NSX manager
Chapter 10: Upgrading VMware NSX
Introduction
Preparing for VMware NSX upgrade
Verifying VMware NSX working state
Upgrading VMware NSX Manager
Upgrading NSX controller node
Upgrading VMware NSX Host Clusters
Upgrading VMware NSX Edge
Upgrading Network and Security Service Deployments
Chapter 11: Managing and Monitoring VMware NSX Platform
Introduction
Monitoring NSX using NSX Dashboard
Configuring the NSX Components Syslog
Configuring and viewing the NSX Distributed Firewall Log
Configuring vRealize Log Insight for NSX
Enabling NSX Flow Monitoring
Using Application Rule Manager
Using NSX Endpoint Monitoring
Chapter 12: Leveraging the VMware NSX REST API for Management and Automation
Introduction
Using the REST API with the Postman REST client
Using the REST API with cURL
Using the REST API with PowerShell
Using the REST API with Python
Using the vRealize Orchestrator plugin for NSX

What You Will Learn

  • Understand, install, and configure VMware NSX for vSphere solutions
  • Configure logical switching, routing, and Edge Services Gateway in VMware NSX for vSphere
  • Learn how to plan and upgrade VMware NSX for vSphere
  • Learn how to use built-in monitoring tools such as Flow Monitoring, Traceflow, Application Rule Manager, and Endpoint Monitoring
  • Learn how to leverage the NSX REST API for management and automation using various tools from Python to VMware vRealize Orchestrator

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with VMware NSX for vSphere
Introduction
Choosing the right VMware NSX for vSphere edition
Selecting ESXi hosts and network adapters
Downloading NSX for vSphere
Deploying the NSX Manager virtual appliance
Replacing the NSX Manager certificate
Registering vCenter server with NSX Manager
Applying the NSX license
Deploying the NSX Controller Cluster
Preparing a vSphere cluster for NSX
Validating NSX VIB installation
Chapter 2: Configuring VMware NSX Logical Switch Networks
Introduction
Configuring VXLAN Networking
Configuring a VXLAN Segment ID
Creating a NSX Transport Zone
Creating a NSX Logical Switch
Connecting a Virtual Machine to an NSX Logical Switch
Testing an NSX Logical Switch
Enabling the Controller Disconnected Operation Mode on a Transport Zone
Chapter 3: Configuring VMware NSX Logical Routing
Introduction
Configuring the Distributed Logical Router
Configuring the Distributed Logical Router for dynamic routing
Deploying and configuring the NSX ESG in HA mode
Understanding and configuring the NSX ESG for routing
Chapter 4: Configuring VMware NSX Layer 2 Bridging
Introduction
Configuring Software-Based Gateway Layer 2 Bridging
Selecting a hardware VTEP gateway
Integrating Hardware VTEP Gateway with VMware NSX
Extending VMware NSX Logical Switch to Hardware VTEP Gateway
Chapter 5: Configuring VMware NSX Edge Services Gateway
Introduction
Configuring a DNS relay
Configuring a DHCP server
Configuring an Edge Firewall
Configuring Network Address Translation
Configuring Load Balancing
Configuring IPSEC VPN
Configuring SSL VPN
Configuring High Availability
Chapter 6: Configuring VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) and SpoofGuard
Introduction
Verifying NSX DFW component status
Configuring IP Discovery for Virtual Machines
Working with SpoofGuard
Excluding Virtual Machines from DFW Protection
Configuring DFW Session Timeout
Creating Security Policy Rules from the Firewall Table Menu
Creating Security Policy Rules from the Service Composer menu
Verifying DFW rules
Leveraging the DFW Applied To field
Deploying Network or Guest Introspection Services
Configuring the Identity Firewall
Chapter 7: Configuring Cross-vCenter NSX
Introduction
Configuring Primary and Secondary NSX Manager(s)
Creating a Universal Transport Zone and adding a vSphere cluster to the Universal Transport Zone
Creating a Universal Logical Switch
Creating a Universal Logical Router
Adding a VM to a Universal Logical Switch
Understanding and configuring the Universal Distributed Firewall
Chapter 8: Backing up and Restoring VMware NSX Components
Introduction
Backing up NSX Manager
Restoring NSX Manager
Restoring NSX Controller Nodes
Restoring a Logical Switch Backing Port Group
Restoring NSX Edge
Exporting NSX DFW Rules configuration from the Firewall Menu
Restoring NSX DFW Rules configuration from the Firewall Menu
Exporting NSX Security Policy from the Service Composer Menu
Restoring NSX Security Policy from the Service Composer Menu
Chapter 9: Managing User Accounts in VMware NSX
Introduction
Creating a service user account for vCenter server registration
Granting access to NSX
Creating and Managing CLI user accounts in NSX manager
Chapter 10: Upgrading VMware NSX
Introduction
Preparing for VMware NSX upgrade
Verifying VMware NSX working state
Upgrading VMware NSX Manager
Upgrading NSX controller node
Upgrading VMware NSX Host Clusters
Upgrading VMware NSX Edge
Upgrading Network and Security Service Deployments
Chapter 11: Managing and Monitoring VMware NSX Platform
Introduction
Monitoring NSX using NSX Dashboard
Configuring the NSX Components Syslog
Configuring and viewing the NSX Distributed Firewall Log
Configuring vRealize Log Insight for NSX
Enabling NSX Flow Monitoring
Using Application Rule Manager
Using NSX Endpoint Monitoring
Chapter 12: Leveraging the VMware NSX REST API for Management and Automation
Introduction
Using the REST API with the Postman REST client
Using the REST API with cURL
Using the REST API with PowerShell
Using the REST API with Python
Using the vRealize Orchestrator plugin for NSX

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Paperback584 pages
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