Category Archives: Network

vSphere 6.5 iSCSI port binding

I was goofing around with my home lab and ran into an interesting tidbit regarding iSCSI port binding in 6.5. The documentation from VMware says: Browse to the host in the vSphere Web Client navigator. Click the Configure tab. Under Networking, click Virtual switches, and select … Continue reading

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Day 1: VMware Center for Advanced Learning – Advanced Architecture Course

Every wish there was a 9-day/81-hour course to propel you down the road to being a VMware Architect?   Wish no more. The VMware Center for Advanced Learning has gone live with a course intended to: Strengthen architectural & solution outcome skills in … Continue reading

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vSphere 6.x Observed IP range

Way back when I wrote about the “Observed IP Range” information reported for physical NICs in v5 hosts. I noted among other things that the field seems to be populated by a process that runs at boot time or when … Continue reading

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NSX: Upgrading to 6.4.0 from 6.3.x with a Control VM HA IP configured

tl/dr: If you upgrade from NSX 6.3.x to 6.4.0 make sure you remove the Control VM HA IP if it is set. Note that I have checked this with DLR and UDLRs. So I wrote about this the other day … Continue reading

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NSX 6.4 DLR HA changes

tl/dr: Enable HA during DLR deployment, don’t specify an HA IP address (if prompted),  use a unique logical switch for HA. Edits: Some info from VMware below. Also, if you are upgrading from 6.3 I would remove the HA IP … Continue reading

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VMware on AWS Quick Hits

vSphere plus SDDC Manager (VMware Cloud Foundation) plus NSX-V hosted on bare-metal at   AWS. VMware manages hardware account and bills you (separate from any AWS account you have) 4 nodes to start – each 2 socket/36 core, 512GB RAM, … Continue reading

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VMware NSX-T Quick Hits

NSX-T(ransformers) is a multi-hypervisor (ESX/KVM) cousin of NSX-V. Same SKU (if you own NSX-V 6.x, you own NSX-T 2.x). One NSX-T Manager can have multiple vCenters as “Compute endpoints” Standalone HTML5 client (not WebClient) NSX-T Edges can be VMs or … Continue reading

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Free NSX books from VMware

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 1 Guide VMware NSX Micro-segmentation: Day 2 Guide VMware Operationalizing NSX Automating NSX for vSphere with PowerNSX

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NSX, BGP, ECMP quick hits

When configuring NSX, BGP and ECMP there are a few configuration requirements you need to keep in mind: BGP neighbors ESG Firewall must be disabled BGP Timers BGP Graceful Restart Static Routes on the ESGs Static Routes on the DLR … Continue reading

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Checking NSX DFW rules and rule sets

The new VMware Docs page has a cheatsheet of CLI commands but here’s what you need to list the rules enforced on a VMs vnic. SSH to NSX Manager {Note that you can enable SSH if needed from the “Summary” page … Continue reading

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