Designing vRealize Automation 7.3 Blueprints with NSX Components

Let's face facts, automation makes our lives easier! Technology has quickly become more and more complex over the last 10 years and demand is increasing every day. Agility is very important to organizations that want to remain competitive. The business needs to respond FAST to an opportunity or even a threat. Fast IT must be … Continue reading Designing vRealize Automation 7.3 Blueprints with NSX Components


Installing vRealize Network Insight

A little over a year ago in June 2016, VMware announced that they were acquiring the company Arkin Net and from this acquisition we have the powerful solution vRealize Network Insight (vRNI). This solution introduces another level of intelligence to the SDDC which enables you to create a highly-available, optimized and more importantly a secure … Continue reading Installing vRealize Network Insight

Designing for VSAN & NSX Integration

I have come across a few instances recently where a couple customers want to take advantage of VMware VSAN and NSX together. One of them already had VSAN running in their environment and now want to take advantage of NSX. The second is literally doing a complete server/storage refresh and want a brand new deployment … Continue reading Designing for VSAN & NSX Integration

NSX DFW Packet Walk

Here in Part 3 of my "NSX Packet Walk Series" I will be reviewing the step-by-step process of capturing and analyzing packets from the Distributed Firewall (DFW) data path. This procedure is very useful during troubleshooting. We are going to accomplish the following tasks after gathering some important information about the environment. Capture packets when … Continue reading NSX DFW Packet Walk

Upgrading ESXi & VSAN 6.5

So I have upgraded most of my environment to the latest and greatest and now it is time to upgrade the final pieces....ESXi & VSAN. All of my ESXi hosts are running ESX 6.0 U2 and need to be upgraded in order to take advantage of the latest vSphere 6.5 features. In my previous post … Continue reading Upgrading ESXi & VSAN 6.5

NSX 6.3 Upgrade Procedure

The long awaited release of NSX 6.3 is finally here! Ever since vSphere 6.5 was released I think we all have been "clamoring patiently" for a compatible version of NSX. In addition there are numerous enhancements that I am excited to get my hands on. Some of these new features include... Automation Application Continuity ROBO … Continue reading NSX 6.3 Upgrade Procedure

NSX DLR Packet Walk

Here it is as promised from the conclusion of my NSX Logical Switch Packet Walk blog article. In Part 2 of what I am calling my "NSX Packet Walk Series" we will be reviewing the step-by-step procedure of capturing packets through a Distributed Logical Router (DLR). We will initiate a continuous PING between a few … Continue reading NSX DLR Packet Walk