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Useful NSX-V Resources available to Customers and Partners

Version 2.4 February 2017

Download the latest NSX-V version from

https://goo.gl/awIiy6

Download the latest NSX-T version from https://goo.gl/jPkWXN

Andrew Pearce

NSX Architect EMEA

@optimum_ip

Please provide feedback, amendments and additions via email apearce@vmware.com

Please provide feedback, amendments and additions via email apearce@vmware.com © 2016 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

© 2016 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

Purpose of this Document

With the public launch of the two flavors of NSX. NSX - V and NSX - T. I want to ensure that there is no mis-understanding between the two versions. So I have created two documents. One solely for NSX-V (for ESX-i only environments), and a document solely for NSX-T (ESX-i and KVM environments).

The aim of this document is to have a single place where IT professional’s can find the tools and resources available to them to learn and understand NSX, and provide expertise within their organisation and to third parties on NSX.

The document will be updated regularly. The latest version of the NSX-V document will always be available at

https://goo.gl/awIiy6

Please provide feedback, amendments and additions via email to apearce@vmware.com

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Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

Hands on Labs 1 of 4

(HOL = Hands on Lab)

A free resource that is available to anyone that wants to learn about any VMware technology including NSX. The Hands on Labs provide a great way to get some hands on experience. Which is great for self-learning and certification. These are real environments, that are created and deployed solely for the person requesting them. So you can use these environments to test your own scenario’s as well. You get 1.5 - 2.5 hours per lab, but this can be extended in 30 mins slots, up to 8 hours. The maximum time is reduced when a VMworld is occuring. You can also do a labs as many times as you like. FYI, I have started, and completed HOL 1625 approx. 130 times.

Hands on Labs http://labs.hol.vmware.com/

The official step by step guides (in various languages) are available in html or pdf format from http://docs.hol.vmware.com/

On the following pages are details of the NSX Hands on labs

in html or pdf format from http://docs.hol.vmware.com/ On the following pages are details of the NSX
in html or pdf format from http://docs.hol.vmware.com/ On the following pages are details of the NSX

Hands on Labs 2 of 4

Hands on Labs http://labs.hol.vmware.com/

The official step by step guides (in various languages) http://docs.hol.vmware.com/

Below is a list with it’s HOL catalogue number in green, and a brief description of the HOL. Remember that this list is not a complete list, and is just a summary of the useful ones for NSX.

HOL-1703-SDC-1 - VMware NSX: Introduction and Feature Tour

HOL-1703-USE-2 - VMware NSX: Distributed Firewall with Micro-Segmentation

HOL-1703-USE-3 - VMware NSX: Operations and Visibility

HOL-1723-SDC-1 - Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform with VMware NSX

HOL-1725-SDC-1 - VMware NSX Advanced Consumption

HOL-1725-USE-2 - VMware NSX Multi-Site DR with SRM

HOL-1729-SDC-1 - Introduction to vRealize Network Insight

HOL-1720-SDC-1 - VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX

HOL-1721-USE-2 - vRealize Automation 7: Advanced (includes integration with NSX)

- VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX HOL-1721-USE-2 - vRealize Automation 7: Advanced (includes integration with NSX)
- VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX HOL-1721-USE-2 - vRealize Automation 7: Advanced (includes integration with NSX)

Hands on Labs 3 of 4 – details on the previous versions of HOL

The previous version of Hands on labs are still available. The labs starting with “16” denote that they were created in 2015 and would be current until VMworld 2016 So the latest version of the HOL which have just been released start with a number “17

The “16” version of HOL are still valid, and still provide a useful resource, albeit they are not the most current version of the HOL. So, please feel free to continue to use the previous version if you wish to.

Hands on Labs http://labs.hol.vmware.com/

The official step by step guides (in various languages) are available in html or pdf format from http://docs.hol.vmware.com/

Current NSX HOL Labs catalogue numbers HOL 1603 – NSX Introduction

HOL 1625 – Advanced NSX Lab (multi-site scenario’s)

HOL 1620 NSX and VIO (VMware Integrated Openstack)

HOL 1625 – Advanced NSX Lab (multi-site scenario’s) HOL 1620 – NSX and VIO (VMware Integrated
HOL 1625 – Advanced NSX Lab (multi-site scenario’s) HOL 1620 – NSX and VIO (VMware Integrated

Hands on Labs 4 of 4 details on the previous versions of HOL

Once you have mastered or learnt the HOL. These guides are great for certification and testing your knowledge.

Art Fewell has created some unofficial Guides. These help with certification, as they reduce the amount of guidance or instructions, which therefore tests your knowledge / understanding more.

Each step removes more and more guidance. (so step 3 has less guidance than step 2)

1603

Step 2 - http://bit.ly/1Zv7PLm

1625 Step 2 - http://bit.ly/1TTJwmv

1603

Step 3 - http://bit.ly/25Keq8g

2 - http :// bit.ly/1Zv7PLm 1625 Step 2 - http :// bit.ly/1TTJwmv 1603 Step 3 -
2 - http :// bit.ly/1Zv7PLm 1625 Step 2 - http :// bit.ly/1TTJwmv 1603 Step 3 -

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

Product Documentation

Get all the latest official NSX documentation for version 6.2.x from

http://pubs.vmware.com/NSX-62/index.jsp

NSX home page on vmware.com http://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/

Technical NSX Documents, Design Guides, Webinars and other resources http://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/resources.html

NSX for vSphere Design Guide Version 3.0 (This is a great document to read and to use as reference)

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-27683

NSX-V Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide (Another great document)

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-32552

SDDC VVD’s (VMware Validated Design’s) Documentation – Architecture, Design, Deployment Guides https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vmware-validated-design-pubs.html

Product Walkthrough’s - a basic step by step guide to using NSX https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/#!/nsx/

Product Walkthrough’s - a basic step by step guide to using NSX https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/#!/nsx/
Product Walkthrough’s - a basic step by step guide to using NSX https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/#!/nsx/

Forums

VMware NSX has an active community of Customers, Partners, SE’s, Architects, Product Managers and engineers.

It’s is free to join and participate in the conversation, click the link below to get involved https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/nsx

The community has a document section, where useful documents are published:

https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/nsx/content?filterID=contentstatus[published]~objecttype

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VMUG (VMware User Group)

VMware has an active and vocal group of users around the globe. These users get together and share experiences on all the products and solutions that VMware provides. VMUG runs webinars, and a host of other activities as well as the face-to-face meetings. It is free and simple to join VMUG (VMware User Group)

Once registered for VMUG – (VMware User Group) You can attend 2 or 3 meeting a year local to you. These sessions are free to attend. You just need to pay for your travel. It enables you to interact in an informal way with other VMware customers. Hear about the wider product offerings from VMware and from VMware’s competitors and partners.

Speak to your peers already running NSX, click to start your journey in the VMware User Group. http://www.vmug.com/

VMUG, also encourages you to share your experiences with the wider community. You can also pay for an “VMUG advantage program” which provides additional benefits, such as a cheaper rate to attend VMworld.

pay for an “VMUG advantage program” which provides additional benefits, such as a cheaper rate to
pay for an “VMUG advantage program” which provides additional benefits, such as a cheaper rate to

Blogs

Anthony Burke’s Blog http://networkinferno.net/

Michael Armstrong’s Blog

http://www.m80arm.co.uk/

VMware’s central blogging site. Not Just NSX, but everything VMware. http://blogs.vmware.com/

VMware’s NSX central blogging site. http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization

vBrownBag specific Blogging page on NSX http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/

R&D and engineering NSX Blog (forward looking, trends impacts) http://www.vmware.com/radius/feature/network-virtualization-sdn/

engineering NSX Blog (forward looking, trends impacts) http ://www.vmware.com/radius/feature/network-virtualization-sdn/
engineering NSX Blog (forward looking, trends impacts) http ://www.vmware.com/radius/feature/network-virtualization-sdn/

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

Twitter – People to follow and # to watch

hashtags

People to Follow

#NSX

@vmwarensx

@smitmartijn

#vmwarensx

@scott_lowe

@netvirt

#runnsx

@pandom_

#vmworld

@m80arm

#vmwarensx @scott_lowe @netvirt #runnsx @ pandom_ #vmworld @m80arm @ optimum_ip @ccie5851

@optimum_ip

@ccie5851

#vmwarensx @scott_lowe @netvirt #runnsx @ pandom_ #vmworld @m80arm @ optimum_ip @ccie5851

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

Websites – VMware Knowledge Base (1 of 2)

Knowledge Base Articles

https://kb.vmware.com/

1 Select the correct product from the drop down list

1 – Select the correct product from the drop down list 2 – Filter on “Product,
1 – Select the correct product from the drop down list 2 – Filter on “Product,

2 – Filter on “Product, language, best practice etc” in the narrow down column on the left

the drop down list 2 – Filter on “Product, language, best practice etc ” in the
the drop down list 2 – Filter on “Product, language, best practice etc ” in the

Websites – VMware Knowledge Base (2 of 2)

Useful KB Articles on NSX

Troubleshooting VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2122691)

This KB Article has all the links to troubleshoot individual components of NSX ie Managers, controllers, edges, DFW etc etc

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2122691

NSX Support Insider Blog

VMware Support News, Alerts and Annoucements https://blogs.vmware.com/kb/nsx

NSX Support Insider Blog VMware Support News, Alerts and Annoucements https://blogs.vmware.com/kb/nsx
NSX Support Insider Blog VMware Support News, Alerts and Annoucements https://blogs.vmware.com/kb/nsx

Websites - Youtube Channels

NSX YouTube Channel

NSX YouTube Channel Playlist

NSX Demo’s from SE in Spain

NSX YouTube Channel Playlist NSX Demo’s from SE in Spain https :// www.youtube.com/user/vmwarensx/videos Watch the

https://www.youtube.com/user/vmwarensx/videos Watch the Lighting Board sessions to have key concepts explained to you.

https://www.youtube.com/user/vmwarensx/playlists

http://youtube.com/avillargarea Some great Demo’s of using, deploying NSX are on this channel.

http :// youtube.com/avillargarea Some great Demo’s of using, deploying NSX are on this channel.

Youtube videos

There are thousands of videos and recordings of NSX on you Tube. Here are some of my favourites. Please let me know ones that you find useful or insightful.

NSX & Horizon deep dive

vRealize Network Insight Overview

Securing the DC with VMware NSX

Network Insight Overview Securing the DC with VMware NSX https :// www.youtube.com/watch?v=rInVMd0kQqI https ://

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rInVMd0kQqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1HFxq7IL3o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PzNQaXMquM

https :// www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1HFxq7IL3o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PzNQaXMquM

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

Training

VMware and our learning partners offer a full range of courses.

Create an account on http://mylearn.vmware.com (it’s free to create an account)

You can then register for training and see when a Face-to-Face, or virtual course is taking place. You can get training credits added to your company’s VMware contract.

Once you have created a “mylearn” account. There are a number of free training resources available including a 4 hour self-paced course – titled VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 See the link below to add it to your enrollments.

https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=74570

There are regular webinars posted on mylearn as well.

Below is a link to the “TOP 50” most popular FREE courses provided by VMware (not just NSX Courses)

http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/www/mL.cfm?menu=topfreecourses&p=1

provided by VMware (not just NSX Courses) http :// mylearn.vmware.com/portals/www/mL.cfm?menu=topfreecourses&p=1
provided by VMware (not just NSX Courses) http :// mylearn.vmware.com/portals/www/mL.cfm?menu=topfreecourses&p=1

NSX Certification

VMware believes that learning for a test, is not a worthwhile test of someone’s ability. Either for the student or for his employer / prospective employer to validate his skills. This is the reason that VMware insist that all students at VCP or above have taken a course as well as taking the exam. Link to Certification site is below

https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88896&ui=www_cert

Role

Certification Level

Network Virtualisation Specialisation

How test is taken

Solution Design Architecture

VMware Certified Design Expert

VCDX6-NV

Face-to-Face. You propose a design and then defend a formal NSX design in front of a panel of experts.

Adv. Implementation

VMware Certified Implementation Expert

VCIX6-NV

Lab at Selected test centers

Implementation

VMware Certified Advanced Professional

VCAP6-NV

Exam at Selected test centres

Administration

VMware Certified Professional

VCP6-NV

Test at Test Centre

Business IT

VMware Certified Associate

VCA6-NV

Open Book – Take Test at home/work

Test at Test Centre Business IT VMware Certified Associate VCA6 -NV Open Book – Take Test

Useful NSX Certification Resources for VCP6-NV Exam

Resources for VCP6-NV VCP6-NV Practice Test

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrCourse/quiz/ask.cfm?a=9268390&ui=Full

VCP6-NV Exam Blue Print

https://mylearn.vmware.com/lcms/web/portals/certification/VCP_Blueprints/VCP-NV-Exam-Blueprint-

v1_2.pdf

NSX 6.0 Fundamentals Class (Free online Self Paced)

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=det&id_course=24078

Very good self paced training. It is also a prerequisite for the VCA6-NV exam. VCA exam is an online exam.

VCP-NV Study Guide by Alex Hunt

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-32973

exam. VCA exam is an online exam. VCP -NV Study Guide by Alex Hunt https ://
exam. VCA exam is an online exam. VCP -NV Study Guide by Alex Hunt https ://

Useful NSX Certification Resources for VCIX-NV Exam

Resources for VCIX-NV

If

you are thinking of taking your VCIX-NV exam

A

useful VCIX-NV Study Guide has been published by Martijn Smit.

It

is available at the following url

http://lostdomain.org/vcix-nv-study-guide/

Below are other blogs and sites that provide links to resources that you may find useful.

http://www.nuvolisystems.com/my-vcix-nv-exam-experience/

http://virtual10.com/?p=1681

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-experience-vcix-nv-exam-sayed-nader?trk=prof-post

http ://virtual10.com/? p=1681 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-experience-vcix- nv -exam-sayed-nader?trk=prof-post
http ://virtual10.com/? p=1681 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-experience-vcix- nv -exam-sayed-nader?trk=prof-post

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

VMworld 2017

VMworld 2017 There are two VMworld’s each year. One in the US and One in Europe.

There are two VMworld’s each year. One in the US and One in Europe. Dates for the 2017 events are above. In 2016 the US event had 22,000+ customers attend, and the European event had 13,000+ Customers

To Pre - Register for VMworld 2017

https://www.vmworld.com/en/pre-register.html

What is VMworld? VMworld, hosted by VMware, is the number-one event for enabling the digital enterprise. VMworld 2017 brings you four full days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business - from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.

Why Attend? At VMworld, you’ll join the industry’s top thought leaders, subject matter experts and IT professionals to immerse yourself in the latest in cloud infrastructure and business mobility technology. This is the one indispensable event to discover the technology, trends and people who are shaping the future of digital business.

At VMworld, you can:

ü Hear from VMware executives and industry experts on what matters most in IT today, and what’s coming next.

ü Network with your peers, the VMware partner ecosystem and IT movers and shakers—a “who’s who” in digital business.

ü Discover new and emerging product breakthroughs, best practices and case studies.

ü Gain direct, take-to-the-bank experience in expert-guided hands-on labs and VMware Certification opportunities.

ü Gain direct, take-to-the-bank experience in expert-guided hands-on labs and VMware Certification opportunities.
ü Gain direct, take-to-the-bank experience in expert-guided hands-on labs and VMware Certification opportunities.

Watch all the VMworld US 2016 Breakout sessions for free

Below are two very nice lists created by William Lam. They provide direct links to stream or download all the 529 breakout sessions at VMworld US 2016. You will still need to register once at http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/2016.html (which is FREE to ALL users regardless if you attended the conference or not). Once you have logged in, then you will be able to click on any of the URLs and watch the content online or offline. There were some amazing sessions, and the lists don’t just contain links to the NSX sessions, they contain links to all 529 breakout sessions.

Enjoy!

For complete list of all session playback URLs, please see playback-urls.md

For complete list of all session download URLs, please see download-urls.md

URLs, please see playback - urls.md For complete list of all session download URLs, please see
URLs, please see playback - urls.md For complete list of all session download URLs, please see

Useful NSX Resources for Customers

1 Hands on Labs

2 Product Info, Forums, VMUG and Blogs

3 Twitter (people to follow and useful #)

4 Websites

5 Training & Certification

6 VMworld

7 Other Resources & Utilities

(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other
(people to follow and useful #) 4 Websites 5 Training & Certification 6 VMworld 7 Other

PowerNSX – Use it once and you will never look back.

This is a great utility to speed up the deployment of PoC’s.

PowerNSX (https://github.com/vmware/powernsx):

Installation

Pre-Requirements: Install PowerShell v3+, and PowerCLI v6+

Install PowerNSX: https://powernsx.github.io/install/

Connect PowerNSX to NSX/vCenter

https://powernsx.github.io/connect/

Install PowerNSX 3TierApp

See script in the Notes "PowerNSX 3TierApp Build (VMware-3ta-1.6.ps1)" Note: Modify all the settings in the section "param" to match your lab such as:

Cluster names, location of 3Tier-App OVA, topologytype direct or OSPF, IP@ of networks, etc…

OVA, topologytype direct or OSPF, IP@ of networks, etc… – Run PowerNSX 3TierApp 1Hr VMworld Breakout

Run PowerNSX 3TierApp

OSPF, IP@ of networks, etc… – Run PowerNSX 3TierApp 1Hr VMworld Breakout on powernsx and pynsxv

1Hr VMworld Breakout on powernsx and pynsxv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecdN_PO1dCQ

– Run PowerNSX 3TierApp 1Hr VMworld Breakout on powernsx and pynsxv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecdN_PO1dCQ

Other Resources (1 of 2)

Other Resources (1 of 2) “for Dummies” books on Micro-segmentation
Other Resources (1 of 2) “for Dummies” books on Micro-segmentation
Other Resources (1 of 2) “for Dummies” books on Micro-segmentation

“for Dummies” books on Micro-segmentation

http://info.vmware.com/content/EMEA_34867_OneCloud_NSX_Aware1_EN

“for Dummies” books on Network virtualisation

http://info.vmware.com/content/34332_NSX_ToF_REG?asset=networkvirtualization

Free VMware Press book on Microsegmentation http://

Free VMware Press book on Microsegmentation http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/e n/pdf/products/nsx/vmware-nsx-microsegmentation.pdf

Other Resources (2 of 2)

If you want to create your own designs, document your home lab, present a design to a customer. You will probably want it to look professional.

VMware has made some NSX powerpoint icons available in this document.

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-32728

VMware currently don’t provide these in visio format. However, this may change in the future and someone may create them. If they do, I hope that they will post them to the best source for all Visio icons, which is

http://www.visiocafe.com/

If they do, I hope that they will post them to the best source for all
If they do, I hope that they will post them to the best source for all

Thank You

Thank You The industry leading Network and Security Virtualisation platform

The industry leading Network and Security Virtualisation platform

Thank You The industry leading Network and Security Virtualisation platform