Objective 1.2 – Describe VMware NSX Architecture


  • Identify the components in a VMware NSX stack
    nsx components

    • NSX Manager – The NSX manager provides the single point of configuration and the REST API entry-points in a vSphere environment for NSX.
    • NSX Controller – manages NSX vSwitches, sends Router/Switch/Firewall config to NSX vSwitch
    • NSX Edge – Load Balancer, Firewall, VPN configuration
    • NSX vSwitch – vDS + Hypervisor Extentsion Modules (VXLAN, DLR, Firewall)
  • Identify common physical network topologies
    (see design guide, especially leaf and spine)
  • Describe a basic VMware NSX topology
    nsx basic topology
  • Differentiate functional services delivered by a VMware NSX stack
    • Dynamic routing
    • Firewall
    • NAT
    • DHCP
    • Site-to-site VPN (IPSEC)
    • L2 VPN (stretch Datacenter)
    • SSL VPN-Plus (users)
    • Load Balancing
    • High Availability
    • Distributed Firewall


  • VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide
  • NSX Administration Guide

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