VMware NSX for vSphere Essentials A practical guide to implementing Network Virtualization

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  • Copyright: 2025-05-05
  • Publisher: VMware Press
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This is the first definitive reference for all network and data center virtualization professionals planning, implementing, or operating VMware NSX 6.2 for vSphere. It is the only NSX guide published by VMware, authored by VMware technical experts, and reflecting the experience of pioneering VMware NSX adopters representing a wide spectrum of environments, use cases, deployment sizes, and feature usage. Drawing on 50+ years of network, data center, and virtualization experience, the authors offer deep practical insights for maximizing the reliability and value of VMware NSX and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) in any data center environment. You'll master VMware NSX through practical hands-on labs and detailed configuration examples. Coverage includes:

  • How VMware vSphere® enables the agile, virtualized data center
  • Establishing data center application and network topologies with VMware NSX
  • Working with VMware NSX Manager, VMware NSX Controller, and clustering
  • Defining logical switch networks with VXLAN
  • Transforming routing architectures with the Distributed Logical Router (DLR)
  • Implementing NSX edge routing and high availability
  • Deploying each leading type of VPN with NSX Edge VPN services
  • Balancing loads in your application topology
  • Using additional NSX edge services, including Layer 2 bridging, NAT, and DHCP
  • Securing your data center network with distributed firewalls
  • Automating your security architecture for maximum efficiency
  • Architecting, deploying, and migrating to Multi-vCenter NSX
  • Monitoring, securing, and optimizing VMware NSX environments

Author Biography

Anthony Burke  is a Senior Systems Engineer within the Network and Security Business at VMware. He works with customers to see benefits of the Software Defined Data Centre and validates use cases in a technical pre-sales fashion. Previously he was Data Centre Enterprise Architect for the emergency services sector at ESTA 000. Anthony provided oversight into the architecture, design and day to day operation of a mission critical, emergency services network. His background includes numerous tours of duty working with Nexus 7000, 5000, ASA / SRX firewalls, and Catalyst switching. He now delivers scale out data centers and network virtualization with a focus on modern security architectures within VMware’s Network and Security Business Unit. He lives in Melbourne with his wonderful wife Katrina and his son Felix. Anthony writes at networkinferno.net and is on Twitter as @pandom_

Ron Fuller is a Staff Engineer in the Network and Security Business Unit (NSBU) focused on NSX for VMware. He has 21 years of experience in the industry and has held certifications from VMware, Novell, HP, Microsoft, ISC2, SNIA, and Cisco including two CCIEs No. 5851 (Routing and Switching/Storage Networking). His focus is working with customers to address their challenges with comprehensive end-to-end Data Center architectures and how they can best utilize VMware technology to their advantage. He is the co-author of both editions of the Cisco Press title NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching, as well as Cisco Press’ NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLesson and Cisco IP Multicast Fundamentals video series. He has had the opportunity to speak at Cisco Live in Europe, Australia and the United States on multiple topics. He lives in Ohio with his wife and four wonderful children and enjoys travel and auto racing. He can be found on Twitter @ccie5851.

Andreas la Quiante covers major customers in EMEAR as a SDDC Architect focusing on Network Virtualization and Security. He started in the networking field while studying Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the Technical University of Berlin +20 years ago and enjoyed it ever since. He worked for a customer in the finance sector, as a trainer (Cisco CCSI# 99941), consultant in Europe and the USA and subject matter expert for an international consulting company.   Before joining Vmware Andreas worked for Cisco Systems as a Product Manager for Nexus Data Center Switches. He believes in passing on knowledge and skills (e.g. presented at Cisco Live conferences in Europe, USA and Middle East). In his spare time he spends time with his wife Susanne and his son Carl and fixes their old house in Germany.

Table of Contents

1. Software-Defined Data Center
2. Networking Fundamentals
3. VMware Press NSX Section Series Lab
4. Management and Control Planes
5. Logical Switch Networks
6. Distributed Logical Router (DLR)
7. NSX Edge Routing and High Availability
8. Virtual Private Networks
9. NSX Edge Load Balancer
10. Additional NSX Edge Services
11. Distributed Firewalls
12. Automating the security architecture
13. Multi-vCenter NSX
14. Operations

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