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New VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs with VMware NSX Goodness

In 2013 we introduced VMware NSX Hands-on-Labs for the first time. The NSX 1303 Hands-on-lab has been by far one of the most popular labs, giving you an in-depth view of VMware NSX. Hands-on-labs are one of the best ways to get a good tour of the product. You can take all of these labs online at http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/ . It requires a registration, but is open to everyone. .

This year at VMworld we introduced several new NSX labs to give you a deeper look at NSX, and to showcase the depth of integration NSX provides with 3rd party partners and other VMware products. All of the new 2014 Hands-on-labs have been published and are available to you. Here is a quick tour of the labs and what you can expect to see.

 

HOL-SDC-1403

If you are just getting started with NSX and want to know what Network Virtualization is all about, we recommend you start here.

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This lab will walk you through five modules of exercises:

  • NSX Components – Host Preparation, Controller deployment
  • NSX Logical Switching – building VXLAN logical switches
  • NSX Logical Routing  - Distributed Routing, Dynamic Routing with OSPF
  • NSX Distributed Firewall – Micro-segmentation with NSX
  • NSX Edge Services – Load-balancing, SSL VPN

 

HOL-SDC-1425

Once you have completed the introductory lab, we recommend taking the advanced lab which is designed to showcase some of the new features in NSX 6.1. You can read and excellent summary of these new capabilities in Chris Wahl’s blog, “NSX 6.1 Announced, Contains Plethora of Enhancements.”

This lab covers the following areas:

  • Configuring DHCP Relay so that you can use NSX with external IPAM Services
  • Scaling out Layer 3 routing with Equal Cost Multi-Pathing (ECMP) and Dynamic Routing Protocols. Yes we actually build out the topology below in the lab! That’s the power of network virtualization.

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  • Building out L2VPN services for multi-site and hybrid cloud connectivity services
  • Integration with 3rd parties using Service Composer and Trend Micro AV & IPS with NSX. You will see how to register services and how NSX is a platform to integrate with 3rd party services in this exercise.
  • Networking Monitoring with NSX & Riverbed Cascade – we will even show you how you can monitor with NetFlow in this exercise 

HOL-SDC-1424

The two labs above will surely give you a good view of NSX as a network virtualization platform. Next, let’s see how NSX integrates with other VMware products to build out a complete Software-Defined Data Center. This lab shows the integration capabilities offered by NSX with VMware management solutions.

First up, we will learn about Self-service IT, and how you can deliver applications quickly to your end-users with the integration of vCloud Automation Center and NSX. You will build out a multi-machine blueprint with networking and security, and then deploy it.

Next, if you want to learn about automation and the NSX API, we will walk you through exercises in using vCenter Orchestrator and using the NSX REST API to create a security group. This will give you the fundamentals of NSX automation which you can easily extend upon as you deploy NSX in your own environment.

The third exercise is about operations. We will show you the new NSX Management Pack in vCenter Operations. We will walk you through the dashboards and you will learn how you can actually not just monitor but also troubleshoot you network.

At this point you are surely on your way to become a NSX Ninja

HOL-SDC-1420

If you want to use OpenStack with NSX and vSphere – we’ve got you covered too! We will walk you through OpenStack on vSphere itself and then show you how to connect it to deploy networks with NSX from OpenStack.

And Of Course There Are More

Those are the main labs I would recommend, but there are others too. There’s a lab where you can learn more about the IT Outcome of Fast Infrastructure Delivery and Application Automation (HOL-SDC-1413) which has some NSX goodness with vCloud Automation Center, or learn about the IT Outcome of Policy-based Compliance and Network Security (HOL-SDC-1414).

If you want to learn about NSX and the partner integration framework you can take HOL-PRT-1462 which will walk you through the NSX and Palo Alto Networks next-gen firewall integration labs and HOL-PRT-1464 which is focused on how you can use NSX Service Composer and Symantec Data Center Security: Server.

In all we have well over 24 hours of labs, and you can sign-up even if you did not go to VMworld. It is always available 24/7, so if you have a few spare hours and want to learn about NSX you can take the lab.

And I will let you in on a little secret. We actually run the labs on NSX. So as you learn, you are also a user of NSX!!!

You can always sign-up for a NSX class offered by VMware Education.

Happy learning!

Nikhil

VMworld 2014 Networking and Security Session Guide

At last year’s show, we introduced you to VMware NSX, and presented a vision for how network virtualization will fundamentally change data center networking. We focused a lot on what NSX is, what it does, and why you should start planning to virtualize your network.

This year, we’re still focused on the basics. We have a lot of content that will help those of you who are new to network virtualization and NSX start to establish a base. But of course, we have a whole year of selling NSX under our belt. And we want to share that experience with you in a VMworld program that will take you, and NSX, to the next level.

Security and network micro-segmentation?  We’ve got it covered.  Customer deployment stories? You bet. Partners with real GA solutions, solving real-world problems? They are on the agenda.

Take a pass through the list below, and then check out the schedule builder on VMworld.com to organize your week.

We think the #NSXninjas will be out in full force at VMworld. Are you one?  We hope so!

Monday August 25, 2014

Networking Sessions

NET1846

Introduction to NSX

11:00 – 12:00 PM

NET1214

NSX Certification – the Next Step in Your Networking Career

11:30 – 12:30 PM

NET3441-GD

vSphere Distributed Switch

12:30 – 1:30 PM

NET2747

VMware NSX: Software Defined Networking in the Real World

1:00 – 2:00 PM

NET1743

VMware NSX – A Technical Deep Dive

2:00 – 3:00 PM

NET1786

The Business Case for Network Virtualization

2:30 – 3:30 PM

NET1949

VMware NSX for Docker, Containers & Mesos

3:30 – 4:30 PM

NET3305-S

Virtualize your Network with VMware NSX

3:30 – 4:30 PM

NET3442-GD

vCAC and NSX

4:00 – 5:00 PM

NET1745

The Case for Network Virtualization: Customer Case Study

5:30 – 6:30 PM

NET1957

NFV for Telco Infrastructure

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Security Sessions

SEC1196

Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Designs for Implementing a Zero Trust Model Leveraging NSX

12:30 – 1:30 PM

SEC2238

Security and Microsegmentation for the Software Defined Data Center

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday August 26, 2014

 Networking Sessions

NET1589

Reference Design for SDDC with NSX & vSphere

11:00 – 12:00 PM

NET1468

A Tale of Two Perspectives: IT Operations with VMware NSX

11:30 – 12:30 PM

NET1583

NSX for vSphere Logical Routing Deep Dive

12:30 – 1:30 PM

NET3445-GD

NSX Multi-site Deployments

12:30 – 1:30 PM

NET1586

Advanced Network Services with NSX

1:00 – 2:00 PM

NET1560

The NSX Guide to Horizon View

2:00 – 3:00 PM

NET1974

Multi-Site Data Center Solutions with VMware NSX

2:00 – 3:00 PM

NET3444-GD

NSX Network Services

2:00 – 3:00 PM

NET1743

VMware NSX – A Technical Deep Dive

2:30 – 3:30 PM

NET1674

Advanced Topics & Future Directions in Network Virtualization with NSX

3:30 – 4:30 PM

NET1883

NSX Performance Overview

5:00 – 6:00 PM

NET1966

Operational Best Practices for VMware NSX

5:00 – 6:00 PM

NET3443-GD

NSX Routing Design Best Practices

5:00 – 6:00 PM

NET1588

Load Balancer as a Service using NSX or Partner Solutions

5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Security Sessions

SEC1959-S

The Goldilocks Zone for Security

11:00 – 12:00 PM

SEC1746

NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive

11:30 – 12:30 PM

SEC1958

Automating Security Policy Enforcement With VMware NSX

12:30 – 1:30 PM

SEC1977

A Customer Perspective: VMware NSX and Next-Generation Security

2:30 – 3:30 PM

SEC1698

Optimize Security with Context and Isolation Using NSX Guest Introspection

4:00 – 5:00 PM

 Other Sessions

MGT2385

McKesson One Cloud – The One Cloud to Rule Them All

4:00 – 5:00 PM

MGT1878

Deep Dive into How vCenter Operations Simplifies NSX Operations

2:30 – 3:30 PM

TEX2211

VMware NSX and Riverbed Cascade Solution – Monitoring Network and Application Performance in NSX environment

3:30 – 4:30 PM

 Wednesday August 27, 2014

 Networking Sessions

NET1401

vSphere Distributed Switch Best Practices for NSX

8:00 – 9:00 AM

NET1861

Automating Networking and Security Services with NSX for vSphere and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)

8:00 – 9:00 AM

NET1581

Reference Design for SDDC with NSX for Multi-Hypervisors (NSX-MH)

9:30 – 10:30 AM

NET2318

Scale-Out NSX Deployments:  With VMware-powered SDDC Converged Infrastructure Solution

9:30 – 10:30 AM

NET2379

Dynamically Configuring Application Specific Network Services with vCAC and NSX

9:30 – 10:30 AM

NET3448-GD

NSX Platform Extensibility

9:30 – 10:30 AM

NET2745

vSphere Distributed Switch: Technical Deep Dive

11:00 – 12:00 PM

NET2225

NSX Platform: Enabling Third Party Network and Security Solutions

11:30 – 12:30 PM

NET1846

Introduction to NSX

1:00 – 2:00 PM

NET1592

Under the Hood: Network Virtualization with OpenStack Neutron and VMware NSX

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Security Sessions

SEC3446-GD

Security and Micro-segmentation

11:30 – 12:30 PM

SEC2567

Unleashing Collaborative Security with VMware NSX – Advanced Defense for Advanced Threats

12:30 – 1:30 PM

SEC2421

VMware NSX Security Operations Best Practices

2:30 – 3:30 PM

SEC1958

Automating Security Policy Enforcement with VMware NSX

3:30 – 4:30 PM

 Thursday August 28, 2014

 Networking Sessions

NET2118

NSX PCI Reference Architecture – Policy, Audit and Remediation

10:30 – 11:30 AM

NET1589

Reference Design for SDDC with NSX & vSphere

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Security Sessions

SEC2238

Security and Microsegmentation for the Software Defined Data Center

10:30 – 11:30 AM

SEC1196

Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Designs for Implementing a Zero Trust Model Leveraging NSX

12:00 – 1:00 PM

SEC3449-GD

Security Policy using NSX Service Composer

12:00 – 1:00 PM

 

VMware NSX Partners: Best-in-Class Services For Virtual Networks

Applications are strategic business assets and the lifeblood of data centers, and the

Best-In-Class Partners

primary role of IT operators is to ensure that applications are at all times available, fast, and secure. In order to achieve this, businesses rely on network-based services which can include basic security to sophisticated threat prevention, load balancing to assure delivery of applications, and services that allow physical and virtual resources to be consistently managed.

When we developed VMware NSX™, we recognized that customers had made huge investments in application infrastructure including networking services, which served as the foundational components of their IT infrastructure.  We architected the VMware NSX network virtualization platform in a way that ensures the services we offer on NSX virtual networks deliver next generation functionality, and are also as co-existent, transparent, and effective as those deployed on physical networks. Continue reading

Networking and Security Session Guide for VMworld 2013

So, you’re a network geek, security ninja or cloud architect and you’re wondering what to attend at VMworld 2013. Well, here’s your handy guide to the sessions at this year’s conference in San Francisco you will be most interested in..

This year we have a full agenda of networking and security track sessions. We recognize that there may be overlap in times and many of these sessions will be repeated so make sure you check the schedule builder to catch any repeats.

Monday August 26, 2013
Networking Track
Session ID Session Title Times Audience
NET5529 VMware NSX: A Customer’s Perspective 2:00 – 3:00 pm Cloud Architect
VI / Network Admin
NET5847 NSX: Introducing the World to VMware NSX 2:30 – 3:30 pm Cloud Architect
VI / Network Admin
NET5716 Advanced VMware NSX Architecture 5:00 – 6:00 pm Cloud Architect
VI / Network Admin
Security
SEC5893 Changing the Economics of Firewall Services in the Software-Defined Center – VMware NSX Distributed Firewall 11:00 – 12:00 pm Firewall Architect
Security Architect
SEC5428 VMware Compliance Reference Architecture Framework Overview 11:00 – 12:00 pm Security Admin
Security Architect
SEC5749 Introducing NSX Service Composer:  The New Consumption Model for Security Services in the SDDC 5:00 – 6:00 pm Security Admin
Security Architect
Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
Networking Track
Session ID Session Title Times Audience
NET5266 Bringing Network Virtualization to VMware environments with NSX 11:00 – 12:00 pm VI / Network Admin
NET5184 Designing Your Next Generation Datacenter for Network Virtualization 11:30 – 12:30 pm Cloud Architect
NET7388-S Network Virtualization: Moving Beyond the Obvious 12:30 – 1:30 pm Cloud Architect
NET5270 Virtualized Network Services Model with VMware NSX 12:30 – 1:30 pm VI / Network Admin
NET5516 An Introduction to Network Virtualization 12:30 –  1:30 pm Cloud Architect
NET5521 vSphere Distributed Switch -  Design and Best Practices 2:00 – 3:00 pm Cloud Architect
NET5584 Deploying VMware NSX Network Virtualization 2:00 – 3:00 pm VI / Network Admin
NET5796 Virtualization and Cloud Concepts for Network Administrators 3:30 – 4:30 pm Network Admin
NET5716 Advanced VMware NSX Architecture 3:30 – 6:00 pm Cloud Architect
VI / Network Admin
NET5525 Real-world Deployment Scenarios for VMware NSX 5:00 – 6:00 pm Cloud Architect
NET5790 Operational Best Practices for VMware NSX 5:00 – 6:00 pm VI / Network Admin
Security
SEC5318 NSX Security Solutions In Action – Deploying, Troubleshooting, and Monitoring for VMware NSX Service Composer 11:00 – 12:00 pm Security Admin
Security Architect
SEC5755 VMware NSX with Next-Generation Security by Palo Alto Networks 1:00 – 2:00 pm Firewall Architect
SEC5253 Get on with Business – VMware Reference Architectures Help Streamline Compliance Efforts 3:30 – 4:30 pm Security Architect
SEC5891 Technical Deep Dive: Build a Collapsed DMZ Architecture for Optimal Scale and Performance Based on NSX Firewall Services 3:30 – 4:30 pm Firewall Architect
SEC5775 NSX PCI Reference Architecture Workshop Session 1 – Segmentation 3:30 – 4:30 pm Security Architect
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Networking Track
Session ID Session Title Time Audience
NET5520 VMware NSX Integration with OpenStack 11:00 – noon Cloud Architect
NET5522 VMware NSX Extensibility: Network and Security Services from 3rd party vendors 8:00 – 9:00 am Cloud Architect
NET5654 Troubleshooting VXLAN and Network Services in a Virtualized Environment 9:30 – 10:30 am VI / Network Admin
Security Track
SEC5624 VMware Compliance Reference Architecture Framework: Accelerate your Deployments 8:30 – 9:30 am Security Architect – Panel Discussion
SEC5828 Datacenter Transformation with Network Virtualization: Today and Tomorrow 9:30 – 10:30 am Cloud Architect, VI /Network Admin
SEC5750 Security Automation Workflows with NSX 10:00 – 11:00 am Security Architect
SEC5889 Troubleshooting and Monitoring NSX Service Composer (and Partner) Policies 1:00 – 2:00 pm Firewall Admin
SEC5820 NSX PCI Reference Architecture Workshop Session 2 – Privileged User Control 2:30 – 3:30 pm Security Architect
SEC5894 Deploying, Troubleshooting, and Monitoring VMware NSX Distributed Firewall 4:00 – 5:00 pm Firewall Admin
SEC5847 NSX PCI Reference Architecture Workshop Session 3 – Operational Efficiencies 4:00 – 5:00 pm Security Architect
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Networking and Security Tracks
Session ID Session Title Time Audience
NET5520 VMware NSX Integration with OpenStack 11:00  – noon Cloud Architect
NET5522 VMware NSX Extensibility: Network and Security Services from 3rd party vendors 8:00 – 9:00 am Cloud Architect
SEC5582 Multi-site Deployments with Network Virtualization 12:30 – 1:30 pm Cloud Architect

Hands-on Labs @VMworld 2013

The team has built some great lab exercises to see Networking and Security in action:Hands-on Labs @VMworld 2013

  • HOL-SDC-1302: vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z
  • HOL-SDC-1303: VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform for VMware environments
  • HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform

Hope you have a great event. Follow us at @VMwareNSX and let us know if you want to come by and meet us at the booth.

See you in San Francisco.

The VMware Team