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

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

Validate your NSX Installation

So you have deployed VMware NSX into your lab or Production and you may be thinking to yourself "okay now what?" The next step you want to take is to validate your installation to ensure everything is running correctly. This task can be somewhat daunting if you are new to NSX and are not familiar … Continue reading Validate your NSX Installation