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During holidays, reading some books could be a pleasure but also a moment of growth and deepening.

And if you want to learn more on VMware NSX-v or NSX-T which book could be used?

Compared with VMware vSphere 6.7 books, there are much more resource about NSX Data Center, but note that most are on NSX-v compared with NSX-T.

Also there are good documentation from VMware with the new site well structured and very clean (https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-Data-Center-for-vSphere/index.html), as usual, there are a lot of good KB article, some online resources, but no official books.

This is a list of some of the books (in English) available on VMware NSX Data Center. Note that there are some very old book (dated on 2014 for example) that I’ve removed from this list.

VMware Press free books

There are some nice and free books realized by VMware Press and recently updated with new contents.

New Release: VMware NSX Automation Fundamentals Guide

VMware NSX Automation Fundamentals delivers the roadmap to understanding networking and security automation challenges in today’s data centers.  It explains the fundamental nature of VMware NSX Data Center architecture while detailing integrated solutions for both VMware and third party offerings (such as VMware vRealize Automation, OpenStack, Puppet, Chef, PowerNSX) that assist in creating networking and security components on-demand.

New Release: VMware NSX Network Virtualization Fundamentals

During their digital transformation process, many IT organizations still struggle with traditional networking methods and security approaches. By successfully addressing these challenges in thousands of real-world implementations, VMware NSX Data Center has established itself as the leading network virtualization platform, revolutionizing the way data center networks are designed and operated. In this book, Gustavo Santana examines the specific circumstances that created such challenges and explains how NSX Data Center overcomes them.

New Release: VMware NSX Multi-site Solutions and Cross-vCenter NSX Design: Day 1 Guide

In this Day 1 Guide, the authors walk through multi-site and its traditional challenges, and discuss some of the short-comings of traditional multi-site solutions, compare different multi-site solutions provided by VMware NSX Data Center, discuss the advantages of NSX and how it can be used for different use-cases, and go into detail on Cross-vCenter NSX for multi-site solutions.

New Release: VMware NSX for Disaster Recovery: Day 1 Guide

VMware NSX for Disaster Recovery: Day 1 offers the knowledge and guidance for planning, designing, and implementing a disaster recovery architecture for your software-defined data center. VMware NSX Data Center simplifies the DR planning and testing that is required for a resilient infrastructure and drastically reduces the time it takes to recover from an event. It enables true workload portability between data centers, private clouds, or public clouds. NSX Data Center has helped enterprises recover from natural disasters and outages as well as simplified the mergers and acquisitions of organizations and their networks.

Building VMware NSX Powered Clouds and Data Centers for Small and Medium Businesses

NSX Guides

Building VMware NSX Powered Clouds and Data Centers for Small and Medium Businesses details how the NSX Data Center platform will allow you to redesign your data center and build and run private clouds. NSX DC also serves as the integration point between the private and public clouds with offerings such as VMware Cloud on AWS. Shahzad Ali gives readers the tools and techniques required to transform legacy architecture into a software-defined cloud based architecture.

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 1 Guide

NSX Guides

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 1 provides insights and recommendations proven to move an organization from a perimeter-centric security posture to a micro-segmented architecture with enhanced security and visibility. NSX DC enables granular firewalling and security policy enforcement for each workload, independent of network topology and complexity. Wade Holmes explains how to effectively plan, design, and implement a data center security strategy based around micro-segmentation.

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 2 Guide

NSX Guides

As a follow-up to Wade’s Day 1 Guide, Geoff Wilmington published this day 2 operations guide. Geoff provides the knowledge needed to begin building scalable methodology and planning for the applications you are going to secure. With step-by-step processes for using tools and products including VMware Log Insight, Application Rule Manager, and vRealize Network Insight, you will be armed with practical information so that planning micro-segmentation for thousands of applications is no longer an overwhelming task.

Operationalizing VMware NSX

NSX Guides

Operationalizing VMware NSX offers insight into optimizing the ongoing operations of NSX DC. Kevin Lees covers both tactical optimizations – such as tooling for monitoring and troubleshooting, and strategic organization – including team structure, culture, roles, responsibilities, and skillsets. NSX has helped over a thousand organizations improve their software-defined data center by fundamentally changing the way they approach network and security architecture. You will find proven recommendations to enhance the way you organize and operate your environment, unlocking its full potential to provide the flexibility and agility your business requires.

Automating NSX for vSphere with PowerNSX

NSX Guides

PowerNSX is a PowerShell module that abstracts VMware NSX for vSphere API to a set of easily used PowerShell functions. This Guide will teach you what PowerNSX is, as well as the flexibility and control that it brings. It will also provide an overview of PowerNSX architecture and functionality, then cover PowerNSX usage.

For more information on all those books see: VMware NSX Day 1 Guide Library.

They really represent a great resource to learn specific topics about NSX.

Follow also the VMware’s blog page to know if new books will be released or updated: https://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/

Packt books

Note that until January 21st 2019, there is the
Packt annual $5 sale with every eBook and video is available for just $5 each.

Learning VMware NSX – Second Edition

The book allows you a thorough understanding of implementing Software defined networks using VMware’s NSX. You will come across the best practices for installing and configuring NSX to setup your environment. Then you will get a brief overview of the NSX Core Components NSX’s basic architecture. Once you are familiar with everything, you will get to know how to deploy various NSX features. Furthermore, you will understand how to manage and monitor NSX and its associated services and features. In addition to this, you will also explore the best practices for NSX deployments.

By the end of the book, you will be able to deploy Vmware NSX in your own environment with ease. This book can come handy if you are preparing for VMware NSX certification.

VMware NSX Cookbook

This book begins with a brief introduction to VMware’s NSX for vSphere Network Virtualization solutions and how to deploy and configure NSX components and features such as Logical Switching, Logical Routing, layer 2 bridging and the Edge Services Gateway. Moving on to security, the book shows you how to enable micro-segmentation through NSX Distributed Firewall and Identity Firewall and how to do service insertion via network and guest introspection. After covering all the feature configurations for single-site deployment, the focus then shifts to multi-site setups using Cross-vCenter NSX.
Next, the book covers management, backing up and restoring, upgrading, and monitoring using built-in NSX features such as Flow Monitoring, Traceflow, Application Rule Manager, and Endpoint Monitoring. Towards the end, you will explore how to leverage VMware NSX REST API using various tools from Python to VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Future books

Mastering VMware NSX for vSphere

I don’t have details on this book, but seems that will be released on September 2019.

Mastering VMWare NSX covers:

  • NSX Architecture, controllers, and edges
  • Preparing and deploying NSX
  • Logical Switches
  • VLANS and VXLANS
  • Logical Routers
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Edge Network Services including load balancing, VP< SSL, and IPSEC VPN
  • NSX Security with Firewalls
Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (3018 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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