I…have made fire!: An NSX Story

In my last post I went through my initial deployment of the NSX Manager appliance. I have, since then, done so much more. As I told you in that post, networking is not my strong suit. I am really trying to learn as much as possible to try and fill in the holes. My big feat thus far? I have completely deployed a new network segment in my lab, using NSX. While in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t huge, it is to me.

I have 3 IP spaces in my house.

192.168.1.0/24 – Physical – Home Network

172.16.0.0/16 – Physical – Lab Network

10.0.60.0/24 – NSX – Horizon

The 10.0.60.0/24 network will soon be expanded to 10.0.0.0/16, I just wanted to get it working for now. I have generated a quick and dirty Visio of my current setup. With the magic of static routes in strategic places, I am able to communicate from my laptop on the 192 segment all the way through and back to my Horizon View servers that are Physically in the 172 segment, but logically (NSX) in the 10 segment.

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This is really cool for me. It was a struggle for me to configure the original handoff to from the 192 segment to the 172 segment. I have routes all over the place. Check out the Visio below:

Physical_Logical_Network

I’ll be doing some more posts on my overall NSX config, as well as some blogs on setting up Horizon View for Load Balancing and Distributed Firewall on NSX. Keep checking back for more fun!

-vTimD