VMware NSX-T: Install, Configure, Manage [V2.2]

This five-day course provides comprehensive training on how to administer a VMware NSX-T™ environment. This course covers key VMware NSX® features and functionality offered in the NSX-T 2.2 release operating across layer 2 through layer 7 of the OSI model.

Access to a software-defined data center environment is provided through hands-on labs to reinforce the skills and concepts presented in the course. This course is for experienced system or network administrators.


  • Understanding of enterprise switching and routing
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services
  • Experience with firewalls and firewall rule sets
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX course


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Understand NSX-T key features and functionality
  • Understand NSX-T architecture and component subsystems
  • Identify the differences between NSX-T and the NSX-V and VMware NSX® Multi-Hypervisor™ platforms 
  • Deploy and configure overlay layer 2 networks
  • Understand logical routing implementation and architecture enhancements
  • Understand distributed firewall implementation and policy rules
  • Gather relevant information from the NSX platform during troubleshooting scenarios

1. NSX-T Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Review course objectives

2. Overview, Architecture, and Components of NSX-T Data Center

  • Describe NSX-T Data Center™ platform features and advantages
  • List the capabilities of NSX-T Data Center platform
  • Explain the value proposition of NSX-T Data Center
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center Architecture planes
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center and Kubernetes integration features
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center and Pivotal Cloud Foundry integration features
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center and OpenShift integration features
  • Describe NSX Cloud™ use cases
  • Explain NSX Cloud features and capabilities
  • Describe the NSX Cloud components and their roles and responsibilities

3. Deploying NSX-T Data Center

  • Define the NSX-T Data Center deployment preparation
  • Identify the system requirements to deploy NSX-T Data Center
  • Identify ports and protocols
  • Identify and describe the NSX-T Data Center installation checklist
  • Describe the OVF deployment of NSX-T Data Manager
  • Explain how to power on the NSX-T Manager using a Compute Manager (VMware vCenter Server®)
  • Describe the process to check the NSX-T Manager status
  • Explain the methods to reboot the NSX-T Manager

4. User and Role Management

  • Describe role-based Access Control and VMware Identity Manager™
  • Explain the integration of NSX-T with VMware Identity Manager
  • Explain authentication policies
  • Identify the four types of permissions
  • Describe the workflows of logical switching (MP, CCP, DP)
  • Describe the VMware Identity Manager built-in roles
  • Explain VMware Identity Manager Domains and User Attributes

5. Logical Switching Networking Services

  • Explain the need for NSX-T Data Center Logical Switching feature
  • Describe various logical switching terminology
  • List the various types of logical switches available
  • Explain N-VDS implementation in ESXi and KVM
  • Explain the encapsulation protocol GENEVE implementation
  • Explain the Switch Security feature of NSX-T Logical Switching

6. Logical Bridging Networking Services

  • Explain the function and purpose of logical bridging
  • Describe the scenarios for logical bridging

7. Logical Routing Networking Services

  • Explain the function of NSX-T Logical Routing
  • Describe NSX-T multitier routing architectures
  • Explain north-south and east-west routing
  • Differentiate between dynamic and static routing
  • Describe the architecture of NSX-T two-tier routing
  • Explain the benefits of NSX-T two-tier routing for single- and multi-tenancy
  • Describe the form factors of NSX-T Edge nodes
  • Explain the purpose of Equal Cost Multipath routing

8. Operational Services

  • Describe NSX-T Data Center services
  • Describe Source and Destination NAT
  • Describe NSX-T DNS and DHCP services
  • List the HA Modes available in NSX-T
  • Describe the load-balancing service of NSX-T
  • Explain Metadata Proxies

9. Security Services

  • Describe NSX-T microsegmentation
  • Explain microsegmentation use cases
  • Explain microsegmentation design objectives
  • Describe the architecture of NSX-T firewalls
  • Explain the purpose and creation of firewall sections
  • Explain the function of NSX-T SpoofGuard

10. NSX-T Data Center Operations

  • Describe the configuration, routine maintenance, and management of NSX-T
  • Describe the procedure of applying NSX-T authentication certificates
  • Explain the need and process to manage IP addresses
  • Describe the methods for NSX-T logging
  • Explain the types of backups available
  • Explain the various native troubleshooting tools available for NSX-T Data Center
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