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About this Course

The VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] 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.

Audience Profile

  • Experienced system administrators who specialize in networking

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able 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


  • 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

Course Outline

Module 1: 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

Module 2: Logical Switch Network

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

Module 3: Nexus and UCS Architecture

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

Module 4: VMware NSX Routing

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

Module 5: VMware NSX Edge Services Gateway Features

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

Module 6: VMware NSX Security

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

Module 7: Extensibility and Design

  • NSX and Cisco design options