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Learning VMware NSX - Second Edition

By : Ranjit Singh Thakurratan
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Learning VMware NSX - Second Edition

By: Ranjit Singh Thakurratan

Overview of this book

VMware NSX is a platform for the software-defined data center. It allows complex networking topologies to be deployed programmatically in seconds. SDNs allow ease of deployment, management, and automation in deploying and maintaining new networks while reducing and in some cases completely eliminating the need to deploy traditional networks. The book allows you a thorough understanding of implementing Software defined networks using VMware’s NSX. You will come across the best practices for installing and configuring NSX to setup your environment. Then you will get a brief overview of the NSX Core Components NSX’s basic architecture. Once you are familiar with everything, you will get to know how to deploy various NSX features. Furthermore, you will understand how to manage and monitor NSX and its associated services and features. In addition to this, you will also explore the best practices for NSX deployments. By the end of the book, you will be able to deploy Vmware NSX in your own environment with ease. This book can come handy if you are preparing for VMware NSX certification.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

NSX manager

The NSX manager allows us to create, configure, and manage NSX components in an environment. The NSX manager provides a graphical user interface and also the REST APIs that allow you to interact with various NSX components. NSX manager is a virtual machine that you can download as an OVA and deploy it on any ESX host managed by vCenter.


The NSX version at the time of writing is 6.3 and only supports 1:1 vCenter connectivity.

NSX manager, once deployed and configured, can then deploy controller clusters and prepare the ESXi host, which involves installing various vSphere installation bundles (VIB) that allow for network virtualization features such as VXLAN, logical switching, and logical routing. The NSX manager can also deploy and configure Edge gateway appliances and its services.

Because NSX manager is deployed as a single virtual machine, it relies on VMware's HA functionality to ensure its availability. There is no NSX manager clustering available at the time of writing...