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VMware NSX-T Logical Routing
I receive numerous questions on the inner-workings of NSX-T, ranging from troubleshooting to design. I started this blog as a way to make this information accessible to more people.
In 2020, when I was approached about publishing a book, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make this information accessible to a larger audience and remain productive during lockdown.
My book, VMware NSX-T Logical Routing, was published in late 2021. It is a one-stop shop for all things VMware NSX-T Logical Routing and provides a deep-dive on a lot of the common (yet hard-to-understand) topics, further, it provides packet walks to further cement the concepts that are discussed.
What will you get from it?
- Understand how VMware NSX-T Tunnel Endpoints (TEPs) communicate
- Deep understanding of VMware NSX-T Logical Routing
- Understand how VMware NSX-T achieves high-availability in the data plane
- Understand how VMware NSX-T utilizes static and dynamic routing protocols
My book can be purchased from most major retailers, including Amazon. A link to the book has been provided below, along with a few reader reviews, which hopefully attests to the books potential.
If you're starting out with NSX-T and want to understand the inner workings of logical routing constructs then this book is for you. The detailed packet walks with step-by-step instructions on discovering and validating forwarding decisions made within the virtual network fabric are an excellent way for someone to get familiar with what happens under the hood with NSX-T Logical Routing. The book briefly touches on NSX-T Federation as it was a relatively new feature set introduced when this book was released, hoping the author releases another edition at some point to cover the Federation Control Plane and Routing constructs. Whilst it is possible to obtain the same information that this book contains by scouring the internet for blog posts and by other means, the hard work has been done for you in consolidating all of that information into a single book for easy consumption. It is for this reason that I would recommend purchasing this for anyone who would like a handy reference for operating your NSX-T environment.
This book is perfect. I'm a VMware NSX technical architect, and my life is spent designing, deploying, and perform knowledge transfer sessions with customers and clients throughout EMEA. This is a book I recommend to all customers who are both new to NSX-T and to those who are looking to brush up their logical routing knowledge. This book is an easy read too and allows you to quickly jump to a section/topic which might be causing issues, or if you just need to revisit a specific area of NSX. Shank has created a perfect example of how knowledge can be easily imparted; the diagrams within also help to visualise the topics being discussed. Well done, Shank. You've created a bookshelf-must for all NSX engineers, consultants and architects. Looking forward to the next one! 🙂
Having read many technical books, what I liked about Shank's NSX-T Logical Routing is it's follow along style with accurate well explained steps. The packet walks are great and I can easily see how the traffic is actually flowing. I highly recommend this book to anyone new to NSX-T.
A well written, practical guide, informative and easy to read. Strongly recommend for anyone needing to increase their knowledge in this area. I enjoyed the fact that it's written based on experience. Great read!
It's pretty hard to find really quality NSX-T content that gives you the technical detail you need, while simultaneously not making it incredibly confusing. A lot of these concepts involved in logical routing are somewhat new to most people who are beginning to learn NSX-T, so the resource you use will greatly affect your ability to truly understand this tech - or not. Shank's book did not disappoint. The illustrations are excellent (and in color!) - and what I liked the most, is when shank discusses topics such as packet flows/walks - he actually shows real CLI output that confirm everything he is saying. This is exceptional as some people will not have full home labs, but can use his output to better understand the tech. Oh, and one final note - my full-time job is 90% focused on NSX-T, and has been for 3 years - I learned things by reading Shank's book, so I can confidently say this will make you a better NSX-T engineer.
Fantastic read. Perfect for starting your NSX journey or just consolidating your current understanding. Cannot recommend this book more!
My other VMware NSX-T blog articles can be viewed here.