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In this blog post I will cover section 6 objective 6.2 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 6.2 – Configure and Manage Universal Logical Network Objects

 

Skills and Abilities

  • Create/configure Universal Logical Switches
  • Create/configure Universal Distributed Logical Routers
  • Configure local egress

 

Create/configure Universal Logical Switches

Universal logical switches can only be created from the primary NSX manager and when connected to a universal transport zone.

To create a universal logical switch, navigate to Networking & Security > Logical Switches. Click the green “+”. Enter a name for the logical switch. Click Change next to Transport Zone.

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In this blog post I will cover section 5 objective 5.3 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 5.3 – Configure and Manage Role Based Access Control

Skills and Abilities

• Implement identity service support for Active Directory, NIS, and LDAP with Single Sign-On (SSO)
• Manage User rights:

  • Assign roles to user accounts
  • Change a user role
  • Delete/disable/enable a user account

 

Implement identity service support for Active Directory, NIS, and LDAP with Single Sign-On (SSO)

You can register a Windows domain with NSX Manager and vCenter. The NSX Manager will get the user and group info from Active Directory and that can be used to create identity based security groups and firewall rules and for activity monitoring. To register a Windows domain with NSX Manager, navigate to Networking & Security > System > Users and Domains. I’ve already configured this but in a new instance, click the green “+”.

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In this blog post I will cover section 5 objective 5.2 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 5.2 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation

Skills and Abilities

• Configure logging for NSX components according to a deployment plan
• Monitor health of networking services
• Monitor health and status of infrastructure components:

  • vSphere
  • NSX Manager
  • Control Cluster

• Enable data collection for single/multiple virtual machines

 

Configure logging for NSX components according to a deployment plan

To configure logging for our ESXi host, navigate to the host and click Configure > Advanced System Settings. You can click Edit and search for syslog. Edit the settings for Syslog.global.logHost and enter in your syslog server’s FQDN or IP and port number.

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In this blog post I will cover section 5 objective 5.1 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 5.1 – Backup and Restore Network Configurations

Skills and Abilities

  • Schedule/Backup/Restore NSX Manager data
  • Export/Restore vSphere Distributed Switch configuration
  • Export/Import Service Composer profiles
  • Save/Export/Import/Load Distributed Firewall configurations

 

Schedule/Backup/Restore NSX Manager data

Having backups of your NSX environment is highly recommended in case you ever need to restore your config back to a working state in the event of a failure. A NSX backup will contain all of the NSX configuration, including controllers, logical switches, logical routers, firewall rules and other things that were configured within NSX. It is also good to have the vCenter database and distributed switch configs backed up so that you have a complete recovery point.

To begin setting up the backup, log in to the NSX Manager.

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In this blog post I will cover section 4 objective 4.2 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 4.2 – Configure and Manage Service Composer

Skills and Abilities

  • Create/configure Service Composer according to a deployment plan:
    • Configure Security Groups
    • Configure Security Policies
    • Configure Activity Monitoring for a Security Policy
  • Create/edit/delete Security Tags
  • Configure Network Introspection
  • Configure Guest Introspection

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In this blog post I will cover section 3 objective 3.2 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

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

  • Configure IPSec VPN service to enable site to site communication
  • Configure SSL VPN service to allow remote users to access private networks
  • Configure L2 VPN service to stretch multiple logical networks across geographical sites

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In this blog post I will cover section 3 objective 3.1 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing

  • Configure the appropriate Load Balancer model for a given application topology
  • Configure SSL off-loading
  • Configure a service monitor to define health check parameters for a specific type of network traffic
  • Optimize a server pool to manage and share backend servers
  • Configure an application profile and rules
  • Configure virtual servers

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