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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

Logical firewalls

Logical firewalls are of two types: distributed firewall and Edge firewall. A distributed firewall is ideally deployed to protect any east-west traffic, while an Edge firewall protects any north-south traffic.


Server-to-server traffic is considered east-west, while client-server traffic is known as north-south.

The firewall rules UI allows you to add sections to separate firewall rules. Both L2 and L3 rules can have multiple sections that can be managed accordingly. For cross-vCenter environments, you must create a universal section before you can add the universal rules, and you must manage the universal rules from the primary NSX manager.

To add a firewall rule, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Networking & Security | Firewall.
  2. Ensure that you have selected the NSX Manager where you want to configure the rules. In a cross-vCenter environment, select the primary NSX manager to add universal firewall rules:
  1. The General tab allows you to add L3 rules, while the Ethernet tab allows...