VMware NSX Network Essentials

Learn how to virtualize your network and discover the full potential of a Software Defined Data Center. A smarter way to use network resources begins here
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Learn how to virtualize your network and discover the full potential of a Software Defined Data Center. A smarter way to use network resources begins here
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782172932
Paperback274 pages

Book Description

VMware NSX is at the forefront of the software-defined networking revolution. It makes it even easier for organizations to unlock the full benefits of a software-defined data center – scalability, flexibility – while adding in vital security and automation features to keep any sysadmin happy. Software alone won’t power your business – with NSX you can use it more effectively than ever before, optimizing your resources and reducing costs.

Getting started should be easy – this guide makes sure it is. It takes you through the core components of NSX, demonstrating how to set it up, customize it within your current network architecture. You’ll learn the principles of effective design, as well as some things you may need to take into consideration when you’re creating your virtual networks. We’ll also show you how to construct and maintain virtual networks, and how to deal with any tricky situations and failures.

By the end, you’ll be confident you can deliver, scale and secure an exemplary virtualized network with NSX.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Network Virtualization
The traditional network model
The three pillars of a Software Defined Data Center
Introducing the NSX-V network virtualization platform
The power of server virtualization and network virtualization
How to leverage NSX
VMware NSX features
Summary
Chapter 2: NSX Architecture
Introducing network planes
NSX vSphere components
Overlay networks
The VLAN packet
A VXLAN overview
Summary
Chapter 3: NSX Manager Installation and Configuration
NSX Manager requirements
NSX Manager installation
NSX Manager deployment consideration
Controller requirements
NSX Controller design consideration
The NSX data plane
Summary
Chapter 4: NSX Virtual Networks and Logical Router
NSX logical switches
Understanding replication modes
Testing connectivity
The Distributed Logical Router
Layer 2 bridges
Summary
Chapter 5: NSX Edge Services
Introducing Edge services
Introducing Edge form factor
Introducing OSP, BGP, and ISIS
Deploying an NSX Edge gateway
Configuring OSPF on NSX Edge
Configuring OSPF routing on Distributed Logical Router
NSX routing design decisions
NSX Edge NAT
NSX Edge logical load balancer
Design considerations while load balancing
Generating a certificate
Setting up a load balancer
Virtual Private Network 
Summary
Chapter 6: NSX Security Features
NSX Distributed Firewall
NSX flow monitoring
NSX SpoofGuard
Distributed Firewall takeaways
Summary
Chapter 7: NSX Cross vCenter
Understanding NSX cross vCenter Server
Components of NSX cross vCenter Server
Universal Synchronisation Service
Universal segment ID
Cross vCenter universal logical switch creation
Cross vCenter Server Universal Logical Routers
Network choke points
Summary
Chapter 8: NSX Troubleshooting
NSX Manager installation and registration issues
Troubleshooting NSX Manager
VMware Installation Bundle
Control plane and data plane log collection
NSX Controller log collection
NSX user world agents
Collecting centralized logs from NSX Manager
VXLAN troubleshooting
Packet capturing and analysis
NSX upgrade checklist and planning order
The future of NSX
Summary
References

What You Will Learn

  • Deep dive into NSX-v Manager, Controller deployment, and design decisions
  • Get to know the strategies needed to make decisions on each mode of VXLAN that is based on physical network design
  • Deploy Edge Gateway and leverage all the gateway features and design decisions
  • Get to grips with NSX-v Security features and automate security
  • Leverage Cross VC, identify the benefits, and work through a few deployment scenarios
  • Troubleshoot an NSX-v to isolate problems and identify solutions through a step-by-step process

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Network Virtualization
The traditional network model
The three pillars of a Software Defined Data Center
Introducing the NSX-V network virtualization platform
The power of server virtualization and network virtualization
How to leverage NSX
VMware NSX features
Summary
Chapter 2: NSX Architecture
Introducing network planes
NSX vSphere components
Overlay networks
The VLAN packet
A VXLAN overview
Summary
Chapter 3: NSX Manager Installation and Configuration
NSX Manager requirements
NSX Manager installation
NSX Manager deployment consideration
Controller requirements
NSX Controller design consideration
The NSX data plane
Summary
Chapter 4: NSX Virtual Networks and Logical Router
NSX logical switches
Understanding replication modes
Testing connectivity
The Distributed Logical Router
Layer 2 bridges
Summary
Chapter 5: NSX Edge Services
Introducing Edge services
Introducing Edge form factor
Introducing OSP, BGP, and ISIS
Deploying an NSX Edge gateway
Configuring OSPF on NSX Edge
Configuring OSPF routing on Distributed Logical Router
NSX routing design decisions
NSX Edge NAT
NSX Edge logical load balancer
Design considerations while load balancing
Generating a certificate
Setting up a load balancer
Virtual Private Network 
Summary
Chapter 6: NSX Security Features
NSX Distributed Firewall
NSX flow monitoring
NSX SpoofGuard
Distributed Firewall takeaways
Summary
Chapter 7: NSX Cross vCenter
Understanding NSX cross vCenter Server
Components of NSX cross vCenter Server
Universal Synchronisation Service
Universal segment ID
Cross vCenter universal logical switch creation
Cross vCenter Server Universal Logical Routers
Network choke points
Summary
Chapter 8: NSX Troubleshooting
NSX Manager installation and registration issues
Troubleshooting NSX Manager
VMware Installation Bundle
Control plane and data plane log collection
NSX Controller log collection
NSX user world agents
Collecting centralized logs from NSX Manager
VXLAN troubleshooting
Packet capturing and analysis
NSX upgrade checklist and planning order
The future of NSX
Summary
References

Book Details

ISBN 139781782172932
Paperback274 pages
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