VMware’s virtual networking solution NSX for vSphere released an updated version on January 16th, 2018. NSX for vSphere version 6.4 was released with numerous enhancements to it. Below is a bullet list of what’s new in NSX for vSphere 6.4 as well as supporting links!

Spotlight New Features/Functionality:

  • Support for vSphere Client (HTML5) via plugin
  • Improved Navigation Menu
  • Identity Firewall (IDFW) now supports RDSH
  • Distributed Firewall
    • Distributed Firewall (DFW) adds layer-7 application-based context for flow control and micro-segmentation planning. Application Rule Manager (ARM) now recommends security groups and policies for a cohesive and manageable micro-segmentation strategy.
  • Support for BGP and static routing over GRE tunnels
  • Upgrade Coordinator – Single portal that manages NSX-V upgrades
  • Multi syslog support for up to 5 syslog servers
  • JSON support
  • New packet capture tab in UI


  • Supports vCenter versions 6.0U2 to 6.5U1
  • Supports vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.3 and 7.2
  • Support for in place upgrades from NSX 6.2 and on
  • NSX-V 6.1.X is now EOA/EOGS as of January 15, 2017
  • vCloud Network & Security (vCNS) edges no longer supported. Users must upgrade to an NSX Edge before upgrading to NSX 6.3 or later
  • NSX for vSphere 6.2.x will reach End of General Support (EOGS) on August 20 2018.
  • This is the first version of NSX-V not to support ESXi/vCenter 5.5


NSX for vSphere 6.4 Resources:

Meltdown & Spectre: FAQ’s & Links!

Meltdown & Spectre: FAQ’s & Links!


Dell-EMC-VMware Event: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Let The Transformation Begin

Dell-EMC-VMware Event:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let The Transformation Begin”



Dell EMC and VMware invite you to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Watch our heroes transform and learn about the future of digital transformation with the Dell EMC VxRail/VxRack SDDC appliances powered by VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6 and VMware Cloud Foundation. Transform your data center with a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged solution.

Whether your datacenter needs are large or small, Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the easiest and fastest hyper-converged options to stand up or extend a VMware environment while dramatically simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs.

Together, Dell EMC and VMware bring you highly configurable solutions to enable your digital transformation.

Be sure to register soon, limited availability in each city!

This exclusive early premiere will be in the following cities:

Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County/San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Hartford, CT
Philadelphia/Oaks, PA
Long Island, NY
Rochester, NY
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City, NJ


NSX Logical Views – Cheat Sheet

NSX Logical Views – Cheat Sheet

Back about two years ago I took a NSX Bootcamp. After the bootcamp, I wanted to create a cheat sheet for myself since I don’t have a networking background and it was the first time working with NSX. That way I had something to look at later to refer to as a reminder. So I created these two pages where the one is a “simple” logical view and the other is a more detailed logical view. Although I created this two years ago, it covers the core components and concepts of NSX, so it is still accurate and relevant to the latest versions of NSX.

The detailed page (shown in the picture above) shows all the components of NSX, each component’s function, the intercommunication between them, what plane (Management, Control, or Data) they are in, etc.

I think most individuals will find it useful, especially those that are new to NSX. If you have any questions on the PDF that my overview video doesn’t answer, feel free to email me from this site.

NSX Logical View – Overview Video:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NSX-Logical-View-Slides.mp4

NSX Logical Views – PDF:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NSX-Logical-Views-1.pdf


The Next vSphere BETA is Now Accepting Customer Applications!

The Next vSphere BETA is

Now Accepting Customer Applications!

Are you interested in being a BETA tester for the next release of vSphere? If so, now is your chance to sign up and possibly get the chance to be a beta tester!

vSphere BETA Blog:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/10/new-vmware-vsphere-beta-indicate-interest.html

We are excited to announce the new VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables participants to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform.

Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages.

This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private community to access beta software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

This beta program is different from our past programs in that it is not tied to a specific version or release only. We are now moving to a beta program that, along with the new beta community, will continue through multiple releases of vSphere. Participants can expect to see new functionalities and capabilities added on an ongoing basis for their feedback.

There are a couple of options to engage with the beta features being offered, once you are selected:

  • Hosted Beta – You can expect to try and test new features in vSphere Beta software in a VMware hosted environment, leveraging pre-defined workflows. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use the new features and capabilities with a variety of test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.
  • Download Beta – You will also have the opportunity to download the beta software and test in your own lab environment.


Click Here To Sign Up!


Adobe Flash Crashes The vSphere Web Client – NOW FIXED!!

Adobe Flash Crashes The

vSphere Web Client – NOW FIXED!!



As you may or may not be aware, Adobe Flash had released an update for most of the common web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and IE. After you updated to that version, it created the issue where you were unable to log into the vSphere Web Client and the vCloud Director (vCD) interface. Obviously this was a big deal since most businesses are running on the VMware hypervisor and unable to manage their environments when this happened.

VMware released a KB article which discussed what the issue was and a potential workaround to resolve the issue until a permanent fix came out by Adobe.

VMware KB Article:  https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2151945

Adobe believes they have resolved the issue and has officially release an update Flash to version There are two ways in which you can get the latest update:

  1. Go out to get.adobe.com/flashplayer to download the latest version. OR
  2. To update Google Chrome’s embedded Flash version, go to chrome://components and look for the Adobe Flash and check for updates.


VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement!

VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement!



The VMware vExpert program was started in 2009 and is VMware’s global evangelist and advocacy program. It is designed to recognize the incredible work and dedication of VMware customers, partners, and employees who tirelessly share their virtualization knowledge with each. The Evangelist Path is for bloggers, authors, tool builders, public speakers and contributors to the VMware Technology Network discussion boards. The Customer Path is for people who promote the use of VMware products in their companies or by taking other actions such as helping to run a VMUG (VMware User Group) or speaking at a conference. The VMware Partner Path is for employees (of partner companies) who have acquired accreditations and certifications and assist other VMware users by sharing their technical proficiency.

The VMware vExpert program has announced its 2017 Second Half list of individuals that have been granted the honor of being a VMware vExpert. If you were selected as a vExpert 2017 Second Half, we will be conducting on-boarding this week. You should now have the welcome email in your inbox which will explain the entire program and what you need to do to be enrolled in our private vExpert community as well as listed in the vExpert directory. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. We will extend the vExpert Reception invite to you for both VMworld US in Las Vegas as well as VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

2017 Second Half Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-2017-second-half-announcement.html

vExpert Community (requires login):  https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa

Twitter:  @vExpert