VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

One of my most popular blog articles is the configuration of VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA but the article is specific to environment's with an External Platform Services Controller (PSC) and configuring it prior to deploying the VCSA for vCenter Server. I have received a lot of great feedback from this article and numerous … Continue reading VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

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Deploy VCSA 6.7 onto new vSAN 6.7 Cluster

In this quick step-by-step "how to" blog post I am going to demonstrate how fast and easy it is to set up the vCenter Server Appliance (vCenter w/ Embedded PSC) onto a new vSAN host. Once the appliance is deployed the vSAN configuration for the remaining hosts will be added to my cluster. You may … Continue reading Deploy VCSA 6.7 onto new vSAN 6.7 Cluster

Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

General Support for vSphere 5.5 will end on September 19, 2018. If you are still running vSphere 5.5 you have just a few months left to upgrade to a newer version. I am beginning to see many customers make the push to upgrade directly to vSphere 6.5 to take advantage of the latest features. If … Continue reading Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

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

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