When VMware NSX-T 3.0 came out, I planned to do an update session of the VMware NSX Technical Deep Dive webinar along the lines of what I did for AWS Networking a few weeks ago. However, it turned out that most of the new features didn’t take more than a bullet or two on an existing slide, or at most a new slide.
Covering them in a live session and then slicing-and-dicing the resulting recording simply didn’t make sense, so I updated the videos in summer 2020 (the last batch was published in early August).
Features covered in updated videos include:
- Changes to Data Center and Enterprise Plus licenses
- NSX-T support on VDS 7.0
- Custom MAC limit per VNI
- Windows 2016 Bare Metal server (+ RHEL 7.6 and 7.7)
- AMD EPYC support for NSX Edge nodes
- NAT64 and DHCPv6, IPv6 load balancing
- Rate limit on Tier-1 uplink
- Lower BFD timers
- Time-based scheduling of firewall rules
- E-W service chaining at the edge
- New Edge XL platform
- Local egress for L2VPN
- L2VPN on Tier-1 gateway
- PMTUD discovery for L2VPN
- Stateful VPN failover on NSX Edge node failure
That left what I considered to be major features: VRF-Lite and EVPN, IP Multicast, Distributed IDS, and NSX-T Federation. Some of these features were a bit under-documented, so I decided to wait until after VMworld 2020 to develop the update materials.
I finally collected enough information in mid-October, but then it turned out that most of the new stuff doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes… yet again not warranting a live update session, so I just recorded short videos and published them.
The only new feature left was NSX-T federation. NSX-T 3.0 release notes claimed it was not production ready, so I decided to postpone any related work, but of course a few days after I made that decision VMware released NSX-T 3.1 with improved federation support. The current plan is to have an NSX-T Federation update sometime during the winter. In the meantime, you can get an overview of what it’s all about in a video I recorded when updating the VMware NSX, Cisco ACI, or EVPN webinar.