Web resource links for VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage [6.4] class

As an instructor, I like to have all the material referenced in a class manual available as I prepare for the class and/or when I am preparing to implement the “stuff” we cover in class. So I have gone through the manual and created a page with all the online resources, papers or articles mentioned in the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage [6.4] course in one place.

NSX 6.4 ICM TTT and updates

This week I am attending the Train the Trainer class for VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.4] and that has prompted me to go back and freshen up the NSX resources page I posted in 2014. I anticipate adding to this content over time as I go back through sites and articles that I have collected and found useful.

VMware KB: Trending issues and important information regarding VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2131154)

I am troubleshooting a DHCP relay issue with the DLR and have found this KB article useful in identifying known issues with NSX 6.x for vSphere. The article get updated periodically.

It turns out we ran across a bug that should be fixed with version 6.2.3.

Source: VMware KB: Trending issues and important information regarding VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2131154)

VMware KB: Best practices for configuring OSPF areas with VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x logical routers

VMware KB: Best practices for configuring OSPF areas with VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x logical routers.

Just putting this here for reference in my current SDDC project.  The best practices described are essentially a common sense approach.

VMware KB: NSX for vSphere 6.1.3 is compatible with vSphere 6.0, but new vSphere 6.0 features have not been tested with NSX

VMware KB: NSX for vSphere 6.1.3 is compatible with vSphere 6.0, but new vSphere 6.0 features have not been tested with NSX.

We have been waiting for this update to be released since it was mentioned at PEX in February. Now to get it into the lab!

VMware KB: Registering NSX Manager to vCenter Server or configuring the SSO Lookup Service fails with the error: nested exception is java.net.UnknownHostException

VMware KB: Registering NSX Manager to vCenter Server or configuring the SSO Lookup Service fails with the error: nested exception is java.net.UnknownHostException.
I have seen this error with customer installations. Even if you don’t run across the error, this KB contains very succinct instructions for troubleshooting basic infrastructure requirements for NSX Manager.

VMware KB: Creating an NSX logical switch fails with the error: Unable to allocate an available resource

VMware KB: Creating an NSX logical switch fails with the error: Unable to allocate an available resource.

A couple of students mentioned this error during a lab in the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage class this week.

The issue is simple to create and remedy. Logical switches are assigned VNI (VXLAN Number Identifier) from a Segment ID Pool. If the Segment ID Pool is not configured before you try to provision a logical switch then you will get the “Unable to allocate an available resource” error. The resolution is to configure the Segment ID Pool before attempting to create Logical Switches.

VMware NSX Links from Sacramento VMUG

Recently I was one of the presenters at the Sacramento VMUG. The topic of the night was Networking and VMware NSX. At the end of my time, I promised a list of web links to VMware NSX resources. Here we go:

VMware Walkthrough for NSX: http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/NSX/ – If you are not familiar with the VMware Walkthroughs; this is essentially a guided tour of the products and features.

VMware Hands-on Labs for NSX:
http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2014/09/new-vmworld-2014-hands-labs-vmware-nsx-goodness.html – This is an introductory Blog Post that describes each of the new labs from VMworld 2014.

Here are links to the individual labs:
HOL-SDC-1403 – VMware NSX Introduction: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1483
HOL-SDC-1425 – VMware NSX Advanced: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1485
HOL-SDC-1424 – VMware NSX in the SDDC: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1484
HOL-PRT-1462 – Virtualized Data Center Security: VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Virtual Firewall: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1514
HOL-SDC-1420 – Openstack with VMware vSphere and NSX: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1478

VMware NSX product page: http://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/

VMware NSX 6 Documentation Center: http://pubs.vmware.com/NSX-6/index.jsp

VMware Education: VMware NSX Training and Certification

Pluralsight Video Training: VMware NSX for vSphere Introduction and Installation by Jason Nash

Technical Papers:
VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform Whitepaper: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/nsx/VMware-NSX-Network-Virtualization-Platform-WP.pdf
VMware® NSX for vSphere (NSX-V) Network Virtualization Design Guide: https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-27683 – This design guide has recently been updated. Check this link and download the latest version.

VMware NSX YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vmwarensx

VMware NSX on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmwarensx

VMware NSX Community: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/nsx

Blogs:
VMware’s Network Virtualization Blog: http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization
Network Heresy: http://networkheresy.com/ – This is the Who’s Who for network virtualization – Check out contributors!
Brad Hedlund: http://bradhedlund.com/category/network-virtualization/
Chris Wahl’s Wahlnetwork blog: http://wahlnetwork.com/tag/nsx/
Hany Michael’s Hypervizor blog: http://www.hypervizor.com/nsx/
DailyHypervisor: http://dailyhypervisor.com/ – Complete SDDC and integration!
Roie9876: http://roie9876.wordpress.com/
NSX Tech: http://nsxtech.net/
Virtualization Warrior: http://www.m80arm.co.uk/
Data Center Notes: http://www.dcnotes.net/

I am certain there are many more blogs/links for NSX. If you have a favorite that I haven’t included, leave a comment and I will add them.

VMware KB: Configuring syslog server for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x controllers

VMware KB: Configuring syslog server for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x controllers.

This is an interesting KB article. Please notice that the method for configuration is an API call! This is built for automation!

FYI, You configure the NSX Manager appliance to use a syslog server with a web browser.

NSX-manager-settings

Select “Manage Appliance Settings”

nsx-mgr-syslog-config

On the Settings > General page, click the edit button in the Syslog Server portion of the page.

NSX-Manager-syslog-dialog

Enter the DNS name or IP address of your Syslog server, then click OK.