VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] Experiences

Considering whether you should attend the just released VMware NSX course? I have followed the course about 3 weeks ago and would like to share my experiences with the course and trainer.

The course was given in-house at my current employer Conclusion in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Arranging an in-house training with VMware can save you (and your employer) a lot of money. Besides the financial aspect, you can decide to decrease the course length from for example 5 days to 4 days, saving you time as well. Finally, you will be trained in a familiar environment and could save you travel time and expenses, still enjoying the knowledge of an official VMware trainer. Contact your company account manager or local VMware office for more information.

Now onto the course details and review:

Title: VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]
Type: Classroom, instructor-led
Course length: 4 days
Number of students: 12
Trainer: Jens Soeldner

The first day started off with an introduction of the trainer and students. The classroom was filled with system administrators, network administrators, consultants and self-employed engineers that were all eager to learn more about NSX.

The days after covered NSX architecture, deployment and management. The installation part was not covered, as this could introduce a risk of wrong deployed labs and would provide an inconsistent state of each lab. A training would simply be impossible if each student would see a different error on a particular screen because he or she deployed it somewhat different.

If you’re familiar with VMware vCNS (vCloud Networking & Security) this course is rather an easy pickup, but when terms like virtual wires are new to you, or you’re not comfortable in vSphere yet (below VCP level) you could have a hard time understanding all the lecture. Jens did a great job asking feedback from the students to see if they understood what he was telling.

If you would like to know more about NSX, the deployment and management of the product, I would recommend taking the following VMware Hands-on Labs:

  • HOL-SDC-1403 – VMware NSX Introduction
  • HOL-SDC-1424 – VMware NSX in the SDDC
  • HOL-SDC-1425 – VMware NSX Advanced

There’s a lot of information to gather from the internet, documentation and eventually (unless you’re a very lucky partner) get your hands on the bits and bytes to deploy NSX in your test/dev environment. This way, you can prepare yourself for the course itself or the exam (and increase your own knowledge of course).

To be honest, I think the NSX course still needs improvement. I guess the course is rather new and VMware is still fine-tuning the content of this course. Again, Jens did a really great job teaching this course, even covering basic Cisco CCNA lecture to explain the different routing protocols used by NSX. Jens is very knowledgable and knows ALOT about NSX.

If you’re chasing the VCP-NV certification or higher, make sure you use the resources mentioned above, follow the course and study the product documentation. Finally knowing what features and settings can be found where in the NSX interface is an important note for the exam.

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