Category Archives: Virtualization

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 AppDefense Quick Hits

Brought to you by the NSBU at VMware, home of NSX-V, NSX-T, VRNI. Cloud-based with a local “proxy” (assuming local need). Developer-focuses with tie-ins to development stream to track changes. Supports Windows 2012, 2012R2, 2016 with *nix support coming. Loads … 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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Migrate VMs between portgroups/virtual switches/vSS/vDS

I wrote this to help a client migrate to VXLAN from portgroups. It pulls from a CSV file named c:\scripts\ImportPortGroups.csv which is structured: VLAN,PortGroup,wire 123,dVLAN 123,192.168.123.0/24 and accepts the initial number (VLAN) as a commandline parameter such as: changeportgroups 123 … Continue reading

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VMware Cloud Foundation Quick Hits

VMware Cloud Foundation consists of VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX and “SDDC Manager”. SDDC Manager will manage the lifecycle of the different components of VCF and can also manage the lifecycle of “add-ons” like VMware Horizon, VMware vRealize Suite, vRealize Operations … 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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VMware badges – 2017 edition (vROps / vSAN)

[Edit: Added time/#Qs to vSAN after someone tried it and responded to me] VMware certification has announced a series of “badges” that existing VCPs can add to demonstrate knowledge in either vROps or vSAN. vSAN was announced last week Right … Continue reading

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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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Hardware VTEPs supported by NSX

I had a discussion with a client about this a little while ago and it took me some time to find the link, but here’s VMware’s current list of supported Hardware VXLAN Gateways. I’ve also been told there are some … Continue reading

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