VMware NSX 6.1 for vSphere – Deploying Logical Switches

Caution: Articles written for technical not grammatical accuracy, If poor grammar offends you proceed with caution ;-)

NSX Logical Switches can be looked at as the equivalent of a virtual VLAN.  They identify the networks that you will be connecting your virtual machines to that ride over your VXLAN Transport Zones.  Each Logical Switch is assigned a Segment ID that is similar to a VLAN ID.  The difference is the packet encapsulation.  Each of the exercises I will be writing build on top of the previous. If you are reading this and are looking for the preceding articles click here.

During this walk-through you are going to configure (2) Logical Switches that we will use in a later article where we are going to configure Logical Routing.  For this article we will only be configuring the Logical Switches.

In my previous article I walked through configuring Transport Zones.  I’m going to be using the Desktop Cluster Transport Zone that I created in that article.  I will be creating (2) Logical switches in the MoaC Lab Attached the Desktop-Transport-Zone.

Creating an NSX Logical Switch

  1. First navigate to the Logical Switch Menu item on the left sidebar of the Networking & Security section in the vCenter Web Client.  Once there click the green + to add a new Logical Switch.

  2. Once the New Logical Switch dialog box appears give the logical switch a name and then click change next to Transport Zone and select the transport zone you wish to use and click OK.image
  3. Next ensure the appropriate Replication Mode is selected for your configuration and optionally select Enable MAC Learning if you wish for the logical switches to learn MAC Addresses and then click OK.image
  4. Repeat the above steps and create another Logical Switch connected to the same Transport Zone as you did for this one.

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