This five-day, fast-paced course provides comprehensive training on how to install, configure, and manage a VMware NSX-T Data Center environment. This course covers key NSX-T Data Center features and functionality offered in the NSX-T Data Center 3.2 release, including the overall infrastructure, logical switching, logical routing, networking and security services, firewalls and advanced threat prevention, and more.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Describe the architecture and main components of NSX-T Data Center
Explain the features and benefits of NSX-T Data Center
Deploy the NSX Management cluster and VMware NSX Edge nodes
Prepare VMware ESXi and KVM hosts to participate in NSX-T Data Center networking
Create and configure segments for layer 2 forwarding
Create and configure Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateways for logical routing
Use distributed and gateway firewall policies to filter east-west and north-south traffic in NSX-T Data Center
Configure Advanced Threat Prevention features
Configure network services on NSX Edge nodes
Use VMware Identity Manager and LDAP to manage users and access
Explain the use cases, importance, and architecture of Federation

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • VMware Virtual Cloud Network and NSX-T Data Center

  • Introduce the VMware Virtual Cloud Network vision
    Discuss NSX-T Data Center solutions, use cases, and benefits
    Explain NSX-T Data Center architecture and components
    Describe the VMware NSXTM product portfolio and features
    Explain the management, control, data, and consumption planes and function

  • Preparing the NSX-T Data Center Infrastructure

  • Describe NSX Management Cluster
    Deploy VMware NSXTM ManagerTM nodes on VMware ESXi and KVM hypervisors
    Navigate through the NSX Manager UI
    Explain data-plane components such as N-VDS/VDS, transport nodes, transport zones, profiles, and more
    Perform transport node preparation and establish the data center infrastructure
    Verify transport node status and connectivity

  • NSX-T Data Center Logical Switching

  • Introduce key components and terminology in logical switching
    Describe the function and types of L2 segments
    Explain tunneling and the GENEVE encapsulation
    Configure logical segments and attach hosts using NSX Manager UI
    Describe the function and types of segment profiles
    Create segment profiles and apply them to segments and ports
    Explain the function of MAC, ARP, and TEP tables used in packet forwarding
    Demonstrate L2 unicast packet flow
    Explain ARP suppression and BUM traffic handling

  • NSX-T Data Center Logical Routing

  • Describe the logical routing function and use cases
    Introduce the two-tier routing architecture, topologies, and components
    Explain the Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateway functions
    Describe the logical router components: Service Router and Distributed Router
    Discuss the architecture and function of NSX Edge nodes
    Discuss deployment options of NSX Edge nodes
    Configure NSX Edge nodes and create NSX Edge clusters
    Configure Tier-0 and Tier-1 Gateways
    Examine the single-tier and multitier packet flow
    Configure static routing and dynamic routing, including BGP and OSPF
    Enable ECMP on Tier-0 Gateway
    Describe NSX Edge HA, failure detection, and failback modes
    Configure VRF Lite

  • NSX-T Data Center Bridging

  • Describe the function of logical bridging
    Discuss the logical bridging use cases
    Compare routing and bridging solutions
    Explain the components of logical bridging
    Create bridge clusters and bridge profiles

  • NSX-T Data Center Firewalls

  • Describe NSX segmentation
    Identify the steps to enforce Zero-Trust with NSX segmentation
    Describe the Distributed Firewall architecture, components, and function
    Configure Distributed Firewall sections and rules
    Configure the Distributed Firewall on VDS
    Describe the Gateway Firewall architecture, components, and function
    Configure Gateway Firewall sections and rules

  • NSX-T Data Center Advanced Threat Prevention

  • Explain NSX IDS/IPS and its use cases
    Configure NSX IDS/IPS
    Deploy the NSX Application Platform
    Identify the components and architecture of NSX Malware Prevention
    Configure NSX Malware Prevention for east-west and north-south traffic
    Describe the use cases and architecture of NSX Intelligence
    Identify the components and architecture of VMware NSX® Network Detection and Response™
    Use NSX Network Detection and Response to analyze network traffic events.

  • NSX-T Data Center Services

  • Describe NSX-T Data Center services
    Explain and configure Network Address Translation (NAT)
    Explain and configure DNS and DHCP services
    Describe VMware NSX® Advanced Load Balancer™ architecture, components, topologies, and use cases.
    Configure NSX Advanced Load Balancer
    Discuss the IPSec VPN and L2 VPN function and use cases
    Configure IPSec VPN and L2 VPN using the NSX Manager UI

  • NSX-T Data Center User and Role Management

  • Describe the function and benefits of VMware Identity Manager™ in NSX-T Data Center
    Integrate VMware Identity Manager with NSX-T Data Center
    Integrate LDAP with NSX-T Data Center
    Identify the various types of users, authentication policies, and permissions
    Use role-based access control to restrict user access

  • NSX-T Data Center Federation

  • Introduce the NSX-T Data Center Federation key concepts, terminology, and use-cases.
    Explain the onboarding process of NSX-T Data Center Federation
    Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation switching and routing functions.
    Describe the NSX-T Data Center Federation security concepts.


Experienced security administrators or network administrators will benefit from this course.




Good understanding of TCP/IP services and protocols Knowledge and working experience of computer networking, including switching and routing technologies (L2-L3) and L2-L7 firewall Knowledge and working experience with VMware vSphere environments Knowledge and working experience with Kubernetes or vSphere with VMware Tanzu environments


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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