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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 released

    Published November 23, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Yesterday vRealize Automation 7.2 was released by VMware. vRealize Automation is the automation platform by VMware. The first time I heard about it I was a bit puzzled. Don’t we all already do automation? Isn’t that the basics of what IT is? It d ...

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  • NSX Edge load balancer nodes not accessible

    Published November 17, 2016 by -- No Comments

    A while back I ran into an issue where NSX Edge load balancer nodes where not accessible. For this article I recreated a simulair setup in my lab, which I will first describe. After that I will explain what is going wrong and describe the solution for it. Lab setup The lab setup contains: One NSX edge with load balancing enabled. It has ...

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  • vSphere 6.5 General Available Today!

    Published November 15, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Exciting news: vSphere 6.5 went General Available today. The newest version of VMware’s top notch hypervisor is available to the general public as of today! read more

  • Connecting a VPN between AWS and VMware NSX

    Published November 8, 2016 by -- One Comment

    Amazon Web Services has a few ways of giving you connectivity: internet, Direct Connect (a physical line) and VPN. While AWS has a ton of examples for firewall/VPN vendors, there is none for connecting with NSX. I needed to connect a NSX network with AWS for a proof of concept and had to figure out how to configure AWS and what settings t ...

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  • DRS got even smarter with Predictive DRS

    Published November 2, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Once again VMware has enhanced a fundamental feature of vSphere, Distibuted Resource Scheduler (DRS) now got even smarter. The great thing of VMware is that they take fundamental features like vMotion and DRS and make them even better. Like with ...

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  • Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network Insight

    Published October 24, 2016 by -- No Comments

    vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) is most famous for its ability to help you with getting insight into your virtual traffic flows. Using that information you have all you need to configure micro-segmentation. vRN ...

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  • PowerCLI for OS X & Linux Fling

    Published October 19, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Just before all the buzz started from VMworld (such as the vSphere 6.5 release), the VMware fling team dropped a huge release. The first version of PowerCLI for OS X and Linux is available! PowerCLI – Current State While this is a fling, a lot o ...

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  • VMworld conversation with Erik Scholten

    Published October 19, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Our very own Erik Scholten was interviewed by VMworld TV about the VMware vRealize Operations suite yesterday. Going from vRealize Operations to vRealize Log Insight. Here’s the interview:

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  • VMworld 2016 – What’s New in vSphere 6.5

    Published October 18, 2016 by -- One Comment

    Almost every year VMware announces a new version of its core product: vSphere. vSphere, or ESX and vCenter, has been around for quite some time and it is the core product for your Software Defined Datacenter. After so many years of revolution and in ...

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  • Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment

    Published October 6, 2016 by -- No Comments

    When installing NSX in a environment, you will at some point need to deploy NSX controllers. By default these controllers are equiped with four vCPU’s, which is fine for a production environment. But if you want to play around with NSX in a lab environment like I wanted to, then you might not have the hardware (in my case 1 CPU, 2 ...

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 released
  • NSX Edge load balancer nodes not accessible
  • vSphere 6.5 General Available Today!
  • Connecting a VPN between AWS and VMware NSX
  • DRS got even smarter with Predictive DRS
  • Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network Insight
  • PowerCLI for OS X & Linux Fling
  • VMworld conversation with Erik Scholten
  • VMworld 2016 – What’s New in vSphere 6.5
  • Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment

vRealize Automation 7.2 released

Yesterday vRealize Automation 7.2 was released by VMware. vRealize Automation is the automation platform by VMware. The first time I heard about it I was a bit puzzled. Don’t we all already do automation? Isn’t that the basics of what IT is? It depends on your definition of automation but the way vRealize brings it to us is not the way we did things. But it’s the way we want to do things. A Short Introduction So, for all of you out there who think that vRealize Automation (or vRA, as we like to call it) is not for [ … ]

NSX Edge load balancer nodes not accessible

A while back I ran into an issue where NSX Edge load balancer nodes where not accessible. For this article I recreated a simulair setup in my lab, which I will first describe. After that I will explain what is going wrong and describe the solution for it. Lab setup The lab setup contains: One NSX edge with load balancing enabled. It has 1 interface with an IP address 192.168.0.10 which is also used for the virtual server. Two Linux apache servers which are the load balancer nodes. I adjusted the background color of the default apache webpage. This way we can [ … ]

vSphere 6.5 General Available Today!

Exciting news: vSphere 6.5 went General Available today. The newest version of VMware’s top notch hypervisor is available to the general public as of today! Check out our article on it to see what’s new! Also, take a look at the release notes for vSphere 6.5: vSphere / ESXi 6.5 vSphere Client (HTML5) 6.5 vSphere Update Manager 6.5 Virtual SAN 6.5 vSphere Replication 6.5 vSphere Data Protection 6.1.3 vSphere PowerCLI 6.5 vSphere vMA 6.5 vSphere CLI 6.5 And the [ … ]

Connecting a VPN between AWS and VMware NSX

Amazon Web Services has a few ways of giving you connectivity: internet, Direct Connect (a physical line) and VPN. While AWS has a ton of examples for firewall/VPN vendors, there is none for connecting with NSX. I needed to connect a NSX network with AWS for a proof of concept and had to figure out how to configure AWS and what settings to use on the NSX Edge VPN. Behold, the fruits of my labor! This is what we are going to be building in this post. Compute resources inside AWS connected with a VPN towards VMware NSX [ … ]

DRS got even smarter with Predictive DRS

Once again VMware has enhanced a fundamental feature of vSphere, Distibuted Resource Scheduler (DRS) now got even smarter. The great thing of VMware is that they take fundamental features like vMotion and DRS and make them even better. Like with all the vMotion enhancements in vSphere 6, they now juiced up VMware DRS and added a predictive feature to it resulting in Predictive DRS. Predictive DRS is a new feature that is introduced in vSphere 6.5 which will leverage information from vRealize Operations to provide better placement, load balancing and resource contention prevention. Note: Predictive DRS is a Tech Preview until the next [ … ]

Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network Insight

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) is most famous for its ability to help you with getting insight into your virtual traffic flows. Using that information you have all you need to configure micro-segmentation. vRNI is much more than that though and this post is the first of a series going into depth of some of the awesome capabilities of vRNI. All Your Firewall Rules Belong to vRNI One thing vRNI does, is inventory all the network configuration of the data sources (devices such as switches, routers, firewalls) you add to it. Among those data sources, NSX and Palo Alto [ … ]

PowerCLI for OS X & Linux Fling

Just before all the buzz started from VMworld (such as the vSphere 6.5 release), the VMware fling team dropped a huge release. The first version of PowerCLI for OS X and Linux is available! PowerCLI – Current State While this is a fling, a lot of work has gone into making the proper cmdlets available for your everyday vSphere management duties. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. The comparison table between the PowerCLI version for Windows and the fling that has just been released is below: This is the beginning of an awesome [ … ]

VMworld conversation with Erik Scholten

Our very own Erik Scholten was interviewed by VMworld TV about the VMware vRealize Operations suite yesterday. Going from vRealize Operations to vRealize Log Insight. Here’s the interview:

VMworld 2016 – What’s New in vSphere 6.5

Almost every year VMware announces a new version of its core product: vSphere. vSphere, or ESX and vCenter, has been around for quite some time and it is the core product for your Software Defined Datacenter. After so many years of revolution and innovation, what things can be improved? VMware thought of some and the new version shines with a couple of features some have been longing for and a couple of features that will set it even further apart from any competitive hypervisor. Curious? Let’s run through some of the cool new stuff! This is a cherry-pick from [ … ]

Two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment

When installing NSX in a environment, you will at some point need to deploy NSX controllers. By default these controllers are equiped with four vCPU’s, which is fine for a production environment. But if you want to play around with NSX in a lab environment like I wanted to, then you might not have the hardware (in my case 1 CPU, 2 cores) to support those four vCPU’s. In this article I will describe how I managed to deploy a two vCPU NSX controller for lab environment. Before we start I need to mention that this procedure isn’t supported by VMware. Do [ … ]