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VCIX-NV Objective 3.3 – Configure and Manage DHCP/DNS/NAT

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and is about a collection of services on the NSX Edge Services Gateway: DHCP, DNS and NAT.

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DHCP, DNS and NAT services
An edge router/firewall wouldn’t be complete with services like DHCP, DNS and NAT (source and destination), so the NSX Edge Services Gateway has these … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 3.2 – Configure and Manage Logical Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the Virtual Private Network connection (VPNs) options inside VMware NSX.

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VCIX-NV Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the Logical Load Balancers inside the NSX suite.

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Load Balancing inside NSX
VMware NSX supplies a basic form of load balancing, which can enabled and configured inside the NSX Edge Services Gateway. It can provide you with basic load balancing tasks and it is mostly used to enable the scaling out of web applications on … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.4 – Configure and Manage Logical Routers

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the Logical Distributed Routers in NSX.

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What is a Logical Distributed Router?
Logical distributed routing is an advanced feature of NSX. It enabled the virtual network to be way more efficient when routing between subnets, which requires a router. The Distributed Logical Router (DLR) is a feature that lives inside the ESXi kernel and acts … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.3 – Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and is about the relation between a VXLAN and a VLAN and the bridge between the two.

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Layer-2 Bridging
When you’re talking about Logical Switches, you’re talking about a VXLAN network. VXLAN packets and routing are handled by VTEPs, which are usually ESXi hosts or Top-of-Rack switches. The network packets are inherently different then regular VLAN network packets and … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.2 – Configure VXLANs

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers VXLAN, the backbone of the NSX network. It’s not that much ground to cover, but you should have a very good understanding of how VXLAN is used, how it is built and most importantly, which requirements it has.

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VXLAN
VXLAN (or Virtual eXtensible LAN) is a widely support technology to create logically separated … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.1 – Create and Administer Logical Switches

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the Logical Switches in NSX.

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What is a Logical Switch?
In previous versions of vSphere, you had two networking options for virtual machines, which were a portgroup on a standard vSwitch or a portgroup on a Distributed vSwitch. These … Read more

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