Using Packet Capture in NSX 6.4

The newly integrated Packet Capture tool in NSX 6.4 is very useful. I wrote three blog articles about year ago on how to perform packet captures from an ESXi host using the native 'pktcap-uw' command. Those tools still exist for you to use but this new tool is now available in the vSphere Web Client … Continue reading Using Packet Capture in NSX 6.4

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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

Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

The recently released NSX 6.4.0 introduced quite a few new features and enhancements. The one I really like is the Distributed Firewall (DFW) now has the ability to create Layer-7 (application-based) context for microsegmentation planning and flow control. Admins can also use the Application Rule Manager (ARM) which was introduced in NSX 6.3 to create … Continue reading Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

Upgrading to NSX 6.4

I've been looking forward to the next release of NSX for some time now and very excited that it is finally here. Some great new features and enhancements in the 6.4 release. What are some of the things I'm excited about? I will probably say the the Distributed Firewall (DFW) enhancements which enables admins to … Continue reading Upgrading to NSX 6.4

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

Combating RANSOMWARE!

Ransomware over the past few months can be described very easily with 3 little words. OUT OF CONTROL I'm honestly going to VENT a bit here but I want to vent in a way that so it can be resourceful! Ransomware not only needs to be stopped but prevented because these attacks are now crossing … Continue reading Combating RANSOMWARE!

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