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Welcome back! I’m in the middle of installing NSX-T in my vSphere lab environment. In part one I installed NSX Manager, in part two I deployed the NSX Controller Cluster. Now it’s time start working on what it’s all about: The data plane. High-level overview Setting up a complete NSX-T data plane involves installing and…

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Welcome back! I’m in the process of installing NSX-T in my lab environment. So far I have deployed NSX Manager which is the central management plane component of the NSX-T platform.Today I will continue the installation and add a NSX-T controller to the lab environment. Control plane The control plane in NSX is responsible for…

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Learning by doing is my preferred method of getting to know a product or technology I haven’t worked with before. Take NSX-T for example. On the surface NSX-T seems to be just another flavour of network virtualisation technology by VMware. But having a closer look I quickly realised NSX-T is quite a different beast compared…

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Welcome back! In part two we deployed the data plane for the East-West traffic in our cross-vCenter NSX environment. In this part we continue with the setting up the components for the North-South traffic. Current state A quick look at the current state of our cross-vCenter NSX lab environment. The management plane and the control…

Read more Cross-vCenter NSX – Part 3

Welcome back! In part one we prepared the management and control plane for cross-vCenter NSX. In this part we’re going to deploy the data plane for the East-West traffic in a cross-vCenter NSX environment. Universal logical switch We start by deploying logical switching between our two fictional sites “DC-SE” and “DC-US”. To accomplish this we…

Read more Cross-vCenter NSX – Part 2

One of those scenarios where the NSX platform really shines is in multi-site environments. Here NSX together with vSphere is the infrastructure that delivers on business requirements like workload mobility, resource pooling, and consistent security. Since NSX version 6.2 we can roll out NSX in a vSphere environment managed by more than one vCenter system.…

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3V0-643 is the exam code for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Network Virtualization Deployment Exam. I recently passed this exam and thought I’d write a short blog post about it. About the exam The exam preparation guide for this exam contains the following description:” The 3VO-643 exam tests candidates on their skills and abilities…

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With NSX Data Center for vSphere establishing site-to-site IPsec VPN connections is done on the Edge instances. One X-Large ESG instance supports up to 6000 IPsec tunnels which gives you an idea about scalability. In this exercise I’ll show you how to configure a site-to-site IPsec VPN connection between two sites that are both using…

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After you prepared your vSphere clusters for VXLAN you’re eager to start building your SDDC network. You provision some logical switches, a distributed logical router and maybe even an edge services gateway. Before you know it you are doing full-fledged network virtualization. It’s simple enough, right? But then you realize you still have other virtual…

Read more NSX: Bridging between VXLAN and VLAN