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

 

New Content – vSphere 6.5 Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

New Content – vSphere 6.5

Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

 

 

Many VMware customers tend to wait to upgrade to the next version for several reasons. Some of these are no time to do the upgrade, scared of issues that may arise during the upgrade process especially from vSphere 5.x versions, or wanting to wait until the first update is out so that all the fixes have been addressed. These are all valid concerns in which I can appreciate due to my operation experience and background supporting vSphere environments!

On July 21, 2017, VMware released vSphere 6.5 Update 1 which has many enhancements. Once of the enhancements that most are excited about is the fact that the new HTML5-based vSphere Web Client is now at approximately 90% feature parity to the old Java-based vSphere Web Client which was know for being slow and clunky. Hopefully, by the next update of vSphere, the HTML5 client will be at full feature parity. At which time, VMware will retire the old Java-based client.

The HTML5 client enhancements are just one of numerous reasons why you should consider updating to vSphere 6.5. Another primary reason is that there are many new featured within the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) like embedded Backup/Restore Tool, vSphere Update Manager is embedded, and the new vCenter Server Appliance High Availability (HA) configuration option. So there are some great enhancements that should encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of vSphere and vCenter server!

VMware has created a Migration Assistance Tool to help migrate your vSphere 5.5/6.x environments to the new vSphere 6.5. Even if you are currently running a Windows based version of vCenter in the older version, the tool can migrate the vCenter database, performance data and metrics, etc. to the new vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. There are several supported migration options based on your vCenter server, Single-Sign-On (SSO), or Platform Service Controller (PSC) architectures you may be currently running.

So take a look at my Useful Links page on this site to see the links to below resources that can help you migrate to the new vSphere 6.5!

  • Top Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Infographic
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 1
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 2
  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough
  • VMware Doc’s – Migration Assistance Tool
  • vSphere 6.5 – Upgrade Guide
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance Poster
  • Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Tree Poster

 

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Useful VMware Reference Posters! (NSX/VCSA 6.5/PowerCLI 6.5/PSC Toplogy Tree)

Useful VMware Reference Posters!

(NSX/VCSA 6.5/PowerCLI 6.5/PSC Toplogy Tree)

 

For all those VMware techies out there that work with VMware solutions on a daily basis, it’s hard to remember everything we need to know related to the many solutions we manage. So VMware has created several VMware Reference Posters to help us out when we need a little reminder as far as a command-line argument, configuration option, etc.

At the VMware provided website, they have provided us with (3) reference posters for working with PowerCLI 6.5 R1, vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), and Platform Services Controllers (PSC) Topology Decision Tree. Click on the below link to go to the VMware Reference Poster site and download your copy of these great tools!

VMware Reference Posters Link:   https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/posters

Although not listed in the above site, there is also a NSX Reference Poster that is also available! So for those that are managing VMware NSX, I highly recommend you download this poster and keep it handy, I am sure you will need to use it at some point in time while managing NSX.

The dimensions for the NSX posters are designed to be printed in a high-resolution A3 size (no lower than 300 dpi). 

  • In inches: 11.7 x 16.5
  • In mm: 297 x 420

NSX Reference Poster (Printable Version):  Click Here to Download!

NSX Reference Poster:  Click Here to Download!

 

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.0…

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.0 Architecture Reference Poster [blogs.vmware.com]

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.0…

On March 2nd 2017 we released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.0. A milestone release in our commitment to delivering our customers standardized, proven, and robust data-center level designs for the Software-Defined Data Center.


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Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) – Sales & Technical Overview for Partners

Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) – Sales & Technical Overview for Partners

 

VMware Virtual Network Assessment is a free assessment that analyzes network traffic patterns within your data center. In 24 to 72 hours the assessment delivers:

  • Insights into the security risk (amount of East-West traffic) present in your network
  • A preview of actionable NSX micro-segmentation recommendations for your network
  • Opportunities to optimize network performance with NSX

Request your free Virtual Network Assessment today.

Why should I care about East-West traffic?

Traditional approaches to securing a data center are focused on building a strong perimeter to keep threats outside the network. However, little is done to protect the network once a threat is inside the network. East-West (server-to-server) traffic accounts for more than 80% of overall data center traffic, but it’s largely unprotected, leaving you at risk. Virtual Network Assessment shows what percent of your data center traffic is “East-West” and not protected by your perimeter firewall.

How do I get started with micro-segmentation?

It can be a labor-intensive process to figure out what security policies to put in place, requiring time-consuming tasks such as identifying which servers are talking to each other and what ports are open. Virtual Network Assessment gives you a preview of how to micro-segment your network and recommends firewall rules to help you get started.

Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) Video:   Click Here!

vRealize Operations Management Pack For vCloud Air 3.1 Is Now Live!

vRealize Operations Management Pack For vCloud Air 3.1 Is Now Live!

I am pleased to announce that vRealize Operations Management Pack for vCloud Air 3.1 is now live at Solution Exchange.

Management Pack 3.1 extends vRealize Operations Manager to monitor vCloud Air infrastructure and adds metrics, dashboards, reports, and alerts for newly released services – Dedicated Disaster Recovery, High Performance Storage, and Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0 U2.

Highlights:

  • Hybrid Disaster Recovery (aka Dedicated Disaster Recovery) dashboards, reports and alerts
    • Count and spread of VMs with replication enabled and disabled
    • Count and spread of VMs with RPO violations, including average RPO violation time
    • Breakdown of VMs by replication status, test status and recovery status
    • Ongoing replications with VM name, source, target, replication status, test status, recovery status, RPO, sync time, sync duration, and sync size
    • Ongoing replications with replication, test, or recovery errors
    • VM topology with and without replication on stretched networks
  • High Performance Storage dashboards, reports and alerts for IOPs, quotas, and violations
  • Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0 U2 dashboards, reports and alerts
    • Monitoring and alerts for Hybrid Cloud Manager SD-WAN fleet components – Cloud Gateway, High Throughput Layer-2 Concentrator, and WAN optimizer
    • Health and status of Hybrid Cloud Manager components, tunnel, and virtual machine migrations
    • Dashboards and reports for migration planning – Low and No-downtime workload migration and tracking

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Requirements:

  • vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud or VPC Subscription
  • vRealize Operations Manager 6.x

Download Landing Page:  Solution Exchange

 

VMware’s Partner Provided – End User Computing (EUC) TestDrive DEMO Environment!

VMware’s Partner Provided – End User Computing (EUC)  TestDrive DEMO Environment!

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For many of VMware’s partners, they don’t have a demo environment in which they can deploy VMware’s End User Computing solutions such as Horizon 7, App Volumes, User Environment Manager (UEM), etc. This is due to not having the spare server hardware or the funds to purchase hardware just for a demo environment. As a partner, they need to be able to demo the VMware EUC based solutions to their customers to show the value as it relates to the customer’s business needs.

Well the VMware partners are in luck! VMware has provided a EUC demo environment called “EUC TestDrive” in which our partners can access to demo EUC solutions to your customers. Many of the below VMware solutions are installed and ready to demo in the EUC TestDrive environment.

So if you are a VMware partner that resells VMware’s EUC-based solutions, make sure you look into the below requirements to get an account and use the EUC TestDrive Demo environment! Also, I have created an enablement video where I go through the EUC TestDrive demo environment and provide you an overview of how to use the portal and what capabilities are offered in it. So check out my overview video listed below!

EUC TestDrive Demo Environment Overview Enablement Video:  https://youtu.be/zGqiS6Mf8gc

VMware Solutions in EUC TestDrive Demo Environment:

  • Horizon 7 (Virtual Desktops)
    • NVIDIA vGPU enabled virtual desktops (High Performance – Graphics Intensive Applications)
  • Workspace ONE / VMware Identity Manager (SSO Portal)
  • VMware Verify (2-Factor Authentication)
  • TrustPoint (Enterprise Endpoint Security)
  • App Volumes (Application Virtualization)
  • (UEM) User Environment Manager (User Profile Management)
  • Airwatch / Airwatch Express (Mobile Device Management)
  • vRealize Operations for Horizon (Operations & Monitoring)
  • vRealize Log Insight (Log Management)
  • NSX Integrations with EUC Solutions (Virtual networking & security)

Partner Requirements for EUC TestDrive Account:

EUC TestDrive DEMO Portal:  https://www.vmtestdrive.com

EUC TestDrive “How-To” Videos:  https://videos.vmtestdrive.com/

VMware NSX for vSphere Essentials: A practical guide to implementing Network Virtualization

Available for pre order – VMware NSX for vSphere Essentials: A practical guide to implementing Network Virtualization

Available for pre order – VMware NSX for…

This is the first definitive reference for all network and data center virtualization professionals planning, implementing, or operating VMware NSX 6.2 for vSphere.


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Early Release eBook – Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer

Early Release eBook – Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer – via ntpro.nl

Early Release eBook – Network Programmability…

With Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form—the author’s raw and unedited content as he or she writes—so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You’ll also receive updates when significant changes are made, new chapters are available, and the final ebook bundle is released.


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Log Insight 4.0: Clarity Theme – via SFlanders.net

Log Insight 4.0: Clarity Theme – via SFlanders.net

Log Insight 4.0: Clarity Theme

One of the major changes in Log Insight 4.0 is that it now has the VMware Clarity theme applied. Read on to learn more!


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New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations – via CormacHogan.com

New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

Last month we announced the release of a new vROps Management Pack specifically for vSAN. Previously the vSAN Management Pack was bundled with the MPSD – Management Pack for Storage Devices. I wrote about this when it entered beta, way back in 2015. Well, for those customers who are only interested in monitoring vSAN, and didn’t want all the other parts of the MPSD, the new vSAN Management Pack is now a stand-alone offering, so no MPSD required.


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vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) Enhanced Evaluation

vSphere Optimization Assessment Enhanced Evaluation

vSphere Optimization Assessment Enhanced…

Improve your vSphere configuration, performance and capacity utilization with a free vSphere Optimization Assessment enhanced evaluation. Get started now.


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Getting Started with vSphere’s Datacenter Command-Line Interface

Getting Started with vSphere’s Datacenter Command-Line Interface

Getting Started with vSphere’s Datacenter…

Datacenter Command-Line Interface (DCLI) is one of vSphere’s newest CLIs. DCLI works exclusively with the vSphere Automation API (REST API for vSphere) to provide both an interactive and scriptable mode to monitor and manage all features made available to the REST based API.


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Get step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring & managing VMware products & solutions

Get step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring & managing VMware products & solutions

Get step-by-step guidance for installing,…

The VMware Feature Walkthrough site provides step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring & managing VMware products & solutions.


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VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 – Now Generally Available

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 Now Generally Available

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 Now…

In the last year since VMware announced the VMware Validated Designs at VMworld 2015, we’ve delivered on two iterations of the VMware Validated Design for SDDC. The first release, VMware Validated Design for SDDC 1.0, became available as a special offering through VMware Professional services in the spring of 2015. That was then followed by the first generally available release, VMware Validated Designs for SDDC 2.0, which was available in mid-Summer.


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vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery (vCenter, SSO and ESXi)

vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery (vCenter, SSO and ESXi)

vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery…

Everyone knows the situation where you can’t log into a system because you have forgotten the password. The following article explains how to reset the password and regain access to VMware vS…Read More


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New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

I am excited to announce two new walkthroughs for vCenter High availability on the VMware Feature Walkthroughs site! These two new click-by-click product walkthroughs will show you how to enable vCenter High Availability (also known as vCenter HA) and give you the confidence you need to use this exciting new feature in your own environment! The post New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


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VMware’s EUC TestDrive Accelerates Windows 10 and AirWatch Solutions

TestDrive Accelerates Windows 10 and AirWatch Solutions – VMware Blogs

TestDrive Accelerates Windows 10 and AirWatch…

Moving to Windows 10 is a struggle for customers even though they understand the urgency driven by the Windows 7 end of life coming next July. Some of these customers are in the planning stages while others are still researching what to do and developing a plan. Partners, especially those in trusted advisor roles, are […] The post TestDrive Accelerates Windows 10 and AirWatch Solutions appeared first on Power of Partnership .


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Getting started with PowerCLI 6.5 and Horizon View

Getting started with PowerCLI 6.5 and Horizon View – Virtu-Al.Net

Getting started with PowerCLI 6.5 and Horizon…

One of the recent enhancement released in PowerCLI 6.5 R1 was the addition of a new Horizon View Module which allows you to manage Horizon View from a remote connection, this is a huge enhancement from the previous PowerShell implementation which fell short by many means. With the new Horizon View Module you will be … Continue reading Getting started with PowerCLI 6.5 and Horizon View → This post was original written and posted by Alan Renouf here: Getting started with PowerCLI 6.5 and…Read More


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VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX…

VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX Virtualization

VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX…

The new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 has a backup feature. Today’s post is about VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-to. Note that it is an “out-of-the-box” feature which does a file level backup. It’s “built-in” within the appliance itself, and it allows users to backup not only the vCenter Server but also Platform […] Read the full post VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To at ESX Virtualization .


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There's a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

There’s a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

There’s a lab for that! Try VMware products…

VMware Hands-on Labs demonstrate the value of VMware solutions in real-time. Get up and running with the latest HOL’s in your browser in mere minutes, via hands-on labs – no installation required.


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There’s a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

There’s a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

There’s a lab for that! Try VMware products…

VMware Hands-on Labs demonstrate the value of VMware solutions in real-time. Get up and running with the latest HOL’s in your browser in mere minutes, via hands-on labs – no installation required.


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What’s the Difference Between Network Virtualization & Software‐Defined Networking?

What’s the Difference Between Network Virtualization & Software‐Defined Networking?

What’s the Difference Between Network…

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization are two of the hottest trends in the IT industry lately. But while they sound like similar concepts on the surface, in reality there are major differences.


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What’s the Difference Between Network Virtualization & Software‐Defined Networking?

What’s the Difference Between Network Virtualization & Software‐Defined Networking?

What’s the Difference Between Network…

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization are two of the hottest trends in the IT industry lately. But while they sound like similar concepts on the surface, in reality there are major differences.


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Claim your Free Trial Subscription to the VMware Learning Zone

Claim your Free Trial Subscription to the VMware Learning Zone

Claim your Free Trial Subscription to the…

Want to get a preview of what’s available in the VMware Learning Zone before you commit to a full subscription? How about free training on the latest VMware technologies? If you answered yes, the new VMware Learning Zone Trial Subscription is just what you’ve been waiting for.


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Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on Intel NUC (Part 1/2)…

Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on Intel NUC (Part 1/2) – T.B.D.

Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on Intel NUC (Part 1/2)…

With VMware vSphere 6.5 released recently, I decided to rebuild my Intel NUC based homelab.


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WinSCP and the VCSA – vRatpack

WinSCP and the VCSA – vRatpack

WinSCP and the VCSA – vRatpack

Have you ever tried to upload / download files using WinSCP to / from the VCSA >= v. 6.0? Out of the box, this won’t work. In this post I’ll show you how to fix this.


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VMware ESXi 6.5 – ESXCLI Command Reference

VMware ESXi 6.5 – ESXCLI Command Reference – Virten.net

VMware ESXi 6.5 – ESXCLI Command Reference -…

ESXCLI is a powerful command line tool on an ESXi host. You may need it for troubleshooting, configuration or for automated ESXi installations by using a kickstart file. I’m having a esxcli c…Read More


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New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI Blog

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

There’s been a lot of buzz around PowerCLI lately, and we’re keeping it going! It gives me great pleasure to announce the general availability of VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1!


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Unveiling Project Clarity – VMware CTO Blog

Unveiling Project Clarity – VMware CTO Blog

Unveiling Project Clarity – VMware CTO Blog

Today we’re ecstatic to announce Project Clarity, a design system that combines UX guidelines, patterns, and front-end code in one solution. Clarity is for the designer and developer in each of us.


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Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design Decisions and Important Characteristics/Limitations to Consider

Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design Decisions and Important Characteristics/Limitations to Consider– vLenzker

Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design decisions and…

Since vSphere and vCenter 6.5 are released now, a customer engagement put me into a position to gather much more information about characteristics and limitations within vCenter 6.5.


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Deploying Nested ESXi is Even Easier Now With the ESXi Virtual Appliance

Deploying Nested ESXi is even easier now with the ESXi Virtual Appliance – virtuallyGhetto

Deploying Nested ESXi is even easier now with…

Several months back I had built an ESXi Virtual Appliance that allows anyone to quickly stand up a fully functional Nested ESXi VM which includes guest customization such as networking, NTP, syslog, passwords, etc.


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Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Flings are apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be played with and explored.


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Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Explore & play with the latest Flings from VMware!

Flings are apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be played with and explored.


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Learning NSX-Part-10-Upgrade NSX Manager From From 6.2 to 6.2.4

Learning NSX-Part-10-Upgrade NSX Manager From 6.2 to 6.2.4 – Virtual Reality

Learning NSX-Part-10-Upgrade NSX Manager From…

This week I was trying my hands on upgrading NSX to version 6.2.4 which was released earlier this year in August.


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What’s the Secret of Becoming a Top VMware Partner?

What’s the secret of becoming a top VMware partner? – VMware UK Blog

What’s the secret of becoming a top VMware…

Guest blog post from Tom Vallons, Partner Development Specialist Business Mobility, VMware Benelux


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Free Technical VMware Online Resources

Free Technical VMware Online Resources – Share IT!

Free Technical VMware Online Resources

Is there any free resources to learn about VMware technologies? I have seen many people asking this question again and again. Actually there are a lot, and here I try to list down all the free technical VMware resources available on the Internet that I aware of.


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Top 20 NSX articles for October 2016

Top 20 NSX articles for October 2016

Top 20 NSX articles for October 2016

Here is our Top 20 NSX articles list for October 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article.


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Last of the 2017 Hands-on Labs Released!

Last of the 2017 Hands-on Labs Released! – VMware Blogs

Last of the 2017 Hands-on Labs Released!

It’s the final day of releasing labs the 2017 catalog and we have some rather unique labs for you. We are releasing the VxRail, VMware Learning Platform and vCloud Director for Service Providers Hands-on Labs today.


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