The goal of this guide is to enable a network administrator or engineer with traditional networking and ESXi experience to build a scalable NSX virtual network using the Dell EMC Validated System for Virtualization hardware and software outlined in this guide.

This document provides a best practice leaf-spine topology with configuration steps for all physical switches in the topology. It includes step-by-step configuration of a virtual network using VMware NSX that overlays the physical network. This includes configuration of logical switches, routers and options for communicating with external traditional networks using software and hardware solutions. It also includes steps to deploy ESXi on PowerEdge servers, deployment of a vSphere vCenter Server Appliance and configuration of shared storage on a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN).

For NSX with VSAN solutions, see:

Dell EMC NSX Reference Architecture - FC430 Compute Nodes with VSAN Storage

Dell EMC NSX Reference Architecture - R730xd Compute Nodes with VSAN Storage

For NSX with iSCSI storage, see:

Dell EMC NSX Reference Architecture - FC630 Compute Nodes with iSCSI Storage