VMware NSX 6.2.3 was released today and it’s a good one! There’s a lot of improvements and some new stuff in there, it’s a hell of a maturing release. Below are a few highlights.
NSX for vShield Endpoint license
There’s a default license generated when you install NSX now, and it defaults on the NSX for vShield Endpoint license. This means you can by default (and without cost) manage anti-virus offloading functionality. This is one step closer to a vShield replacement and an open download.
NSX Hardware Layer 2 Gateway Integration
This has been in the works for a while and it’s finally been GA’d. This hooks up physical switches to the NSX logical network (VXLAN) so that (supported) switches can translate VXLAN to physical ports or a VLAN to bridge the gap between the virtual network and physical servers or devices.
NSX Edge On Demand Failover
There’s a new way to gracefully failover Edges from the primary to standby. This opens the door for graceful failovers when using NSX without shared storage so you can’t vMotion the Edges off. Documentation on how to do this seems still pending and I can’t find it, so I haven’t been able to test it.
Monitoring is a big part of operations and NSX now has support to send SNMP traps from the NSX Manager, Controllers and Edges. This makes providing a robust monitoring solution a lot easier.
vRealize Log Insight for NSX
From NSX 6.2.3 and above, you are entitled to use Log Insight with the NSX content pack (for free!). You can use the same license key with NSX and Log Insight to unlock this and Log Insight has to be version 3.3.2 or above.
For the full list you can visit the release notes here: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/nsx/6.2.3/releasenotes_nsx_vsphere_623.html