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

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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

Cross-vCenter Multi-Site NSX Guide

I have been playing around with Multi-Site NSX now for a few weeks and I have to say...it has been a lot of fun! You want a good refresher on routing? Then attempt setting this up! Multi-site routing is something I have dealt with in my past. That experience helped me a lot here with … Continue reading Cross-vCenter Multi-Site NSX Guide

Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer

A couple months ago I posted a 5-part series for configuring and enabling vCenter HA using an external PSC and load balancer. Very effective solution for anyone looking to enhance vCenter availability in their environment. What about those customers who are taking advantage of VMware NSX and want to utilize the NSX load balancer for … Continue reading Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer

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