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.
Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5!
In this session, I provide a demo of enabling and configuring the latest version of Virtual SAN (vSAN) – version 6.5 from within the vSphere Web Client. It is extremely easy to enable, configure, and manage vSAN even if you are not a storage expert! I used the “Hands On Labs (HOL)” environment to demo how to enable and configure it. The specific HOL lab is the “HOL-1731-SDC-1 – vSAN v6.5: What’s New” lab. The HOL is free to use by anyone and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. It is a techies playground to learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware solutions. So go out and register for an account and start using the Hands-On-Labs!
VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center. There are more than 7,000 customers that have adopted vSAN in their production environments.
Enables You to Evolve Without Risk
Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx with software-defined storage that leverages server-side economics and affordable flash. Avoid large capital expenses by growing-as-you-go with on-demand, granular scaling of compute and storage that delivers predictable performance and costs.
Scales to Tomorrow
Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
Learn how out-of-the-box integration of VMware TrustPoint and AirWatch further enhances securing and managing mobile, desktop and server environments, and dynamically drives policy configuration changes across the organization for even stronger compliance and faster threat containment.
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.
In this session, I provide a DEMO of vRealize Network Insight or (vRNI) 3.2. I run through the entire interface and provide an overview of its capabilities and features. Some of the capabilities I show are related to Planning Security, Path Flows, Global Searching, Visual Topology, and much more!
vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3 – Video!
In this session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 overview of the newly released vRealize Network Insight 3.3. In the overview I talk about the numerous technical enhancements that were made in version 3.3. Below is a summary of the overall enhancements made…
NSX Events & Support enhancements.
Enhanced Event Management.
General User Interface changes.
Network Address Translation (NAT) Improvements.
NSX Firewall enhancements.
And Palo Alto Support.
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Log Insight 4.3. vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
In vRealize Log Insight 4.3, we can sum up the improvements into the following areas…
Integration between vRealize Log Insight & vRealize Operations Manager.
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.2.1
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1. It provides automated management for cloud costing, consumption, comparison, and planning. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud delivers the insight you need to efficiently deploy and manage cloud environments.
The enhancements in this version relate to the below (3) main categories…
Enhanced Scale, Performance & Deployment Options
Faster Time-to-Value with Integrations & Improvements
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vROPs 6.5 Enablement Video!
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) 6.5. VMware vRealize Operations streamlines and automates IT operations management. It delivers intelligent operations management from applications to infrastructure across physical, virtual and cloud environments with VMware vRealize Operations.
The enhancements in this version relate to the below (3) main categories…
Enhanced Scale, Performance & Deployment Options
Faster Time-to-Value with Integrations & Improvements
VMware’s New “Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA)” Tool for VMware Partners!
In this session, I do an overview of VMware’s new Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) for partners. I go through a slide presentation to go over the basics of it, then go into a demo showing the vRealize Business for Cloud interface, and finally I go through a sample report!
This assessment is extremely helpful when used in conjunction with our vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) to provide costing comparison for running your workloads either in your Private or in a Public Cloud. This tool will help you analyze which is the most cost effective place to run your workloads. The HCA uses vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) to provide the analysis and costing comparison information. In this video, I go through the vRBC interface to show you the cost comparison information along with going through a sample report from the assessment.
VMware’s Customers Strategic IT Priorities For 2017 & Digital Business Transformation
After polling VMware’s customers, according to them, there are (4) key Strategic IT Priorities for 2017. These priorities are the key to successfully accelerating their Digital Business Transformation! For most IT environments today, moving to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is crucial to their IT department keeping up with their ever changing business needs of today. If IT can’t keep up with the business, then the business is at risk of falling behind and becoming irrelevant!
VMware Horizon Cloud delivers feature-rich virtual desktops and applications using a purpose-built cloud platform. Horizon Cloud service scales across multiple deployment options, including on-premises or fully managed infrastructure from VMWare. Learn more at: http://vmware.com/go/horizoncloud
Did you know that over 40% of organizations are using the public cloud to extend their existing enterprise infrastructures? Join Cloud Strategist of Cloud Technology Partners, David Linthicum on 2/9 to discover how to achieve successful migration while using the same tools & technology of your current on-premises systems.
DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 3
This enablement video is Part 3 of a video series. In part 1, I showed you how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In Part 2, I show you how to configure the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and go through some initial settings. If you have not watched Part 1 & 2, I highly recommend you go back and watch them first in order. The links to all (3) videos are listed below.
In the Part 3 video, I show you some basic initial configurations in the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 from the vSphere Web Client. These configurations include adding the appliance to an Active Directory domain, adding Active Directory as an Identity Source, etc.
DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 2
(Configuration, Backup, & Restore)
This enablement video is part 2 of a video series. In part 1, I showed you how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In Part 2, I show you how to configure the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and go through some initial settings. Then I show you the new feature in the VCSA 6.5 appliance where you can directly backup and restore VCSA from the appliance itself. This is one of the new features of the VCSA 6.5. This like some of the other new features (Builtin – HA / Update Manager) are only available in the VCSA 6.5, but not in the Windows-based version of vCenter Server 6.5.
If you missed Part 1 of this demo series, I highly recommend you watch it first before watching Part 2. Then after watching Part 1 & 2, watch Part 3 which covers configuring the vCenter Server via the vSphere Web Client.
DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying)
Are you looking to deploy the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 into your lab or production environment? If so, check out my demo video that will walk you through how to deploy the VCSA 6.5. I cover the basic configuration settings to get you up and running quickly!
After you watch this video, then watch Part 2 & 3 of this demo series covering the configuration of the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and then from within the vSphere Web Client.
EUC Insights 2017 is coming 2/15! Sign up today for this half-day virtual event to experience hands-on labs, solution-specific breakout sessions and to hear a Digital Workspace keynote delivered by VMware SVP and General Manager, Sumit Dhawan:
This year at VMworld Barcelona we provided a technical preview of the VMware Cloud on AWS service. With this partnership, we’re bringing the most trusted private cloud and the most used public cloud together for a seamless and integrated software-defined data center experience. It allows customers to use VMware’s proven tools on AWS’ global footprint.
This year at VMworld Barcelona we provided a technical preview of the VMware Cloud on AWS service. With this partnership, we’re bringing the most trusted private cloud and the most used public cloud together for a seamless and integrated software-defined data center experience. It allows customers to use VMware’s proven tools on AWS’ global footprint. The post Interested in VMware Cloud on AWS? Learn more with these videos. appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .
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 .
Time to publish the recording for the 12th episode of the vROps Webinar Series. This time we did a what’s new with vRealize Operations 6.4 and the changes made to vRealize Operations 6.4as you will see there has been a lot packed into this recent release!
In this video, we’ve completed the imaging and initial bring up process for the VMware Cloud Foundation instance. It includes two qualified top-of-rack switches, a management switch and 12 vSAN Ready Nodes. A four-node Management Domain is in place. Now it’s time to add a new workload domain for virtual infrastructure use within the VMware Cloud Foundation instance. There is a ton of automated goodness happening under the hood during the workload domain creation phase. Watch closely and you’ll catch the tasks being orchestrated across the integrated platform.
In this video, we’ve completed the imaging process for the VMware Cloud Foundation components – Qualified Top-of-Rack Switches, Management Switch and 12 vSAN Ready Nodes. Now it’s time to bring up the management domain for VMware Cloud Foundation. There is a ton of automated goodness happening under the hood during the configuration phase. Watch closely and you’ll catch the tasks being orchestrated across the integrated platform.
In this video, we demonstrate imaging the primary rack in a VMware Cloud Foundation instance. We’ve deployed and configured the imaging appliance with the software bundle on a laptop that’s plugged into the management switch. From here we’ll kick off the imaging process that will deploy and perform the “first-boot” configuration of the two top-of-rack switches, the management switch, and the 12 qualified vSAN Ready Nodes in the system.
In this video, we demonstrate preparing for the VMware Cloud Foundation imaging process. We’ve downloaded the imaging appliance and the software bundle onto the laptop that’ll be plugged into the first management switch. From here we’ll set a static address on system deploy the imaging appliance, upload and then activate the bundle.
VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware’s vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud.
What Cloud Foundation Delivers
Next Generation Hyper-Convergence:
Take hyper-converged infrastructure to the next level beyond compute and storage to include networking with VMware NSX for enhanced network security and even greater scalability.
Radically Simple Operations:
Use built-in automated lifecycle management of all day 0 and day 2 tasks with the VMware SDDC Manager.
Enterprise Class Capabilities:
Leverage VMware’s market leading SDDC solutions to deliver high scalability, improved performance and advanced storage and network management.
Public Cloud Extension:
Access VMware Cloud Foundation managed by public cloud providers for a unified and consistent operational experience across the private and public cloud.
Check out my Sales 101 enablement on VMware’s Cloud Foundation that covers what it is, the core components of it, add-on solutions, and the simplicity of existing customers to get to the core Cloud Foundation.
AirWatch is a comprehensive enterprise mobility platform that delivers simplified access to enterprise apps, secures corporate data and enables mobile productivity.
VMware’s EUC TestDrive Demo environment is a fully featured, integrated and globally available demonstration environment provided by VMware for use by our Field, Partners and Customers. Powered by VMware Workspace Suite, TestDrive features: Workspace ONE, Horizon Desktop and Application Virtualization, Horizon FLEX and AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management.
If you are looking to get familiar with the Airwatch Admin Console, then take the time to check out my new enablement video. Using VMware’s EUC TestDrive demo environment, I go into the Airwatch Admin console and show you the information related to the mobile device registered with Airwatch. The console can show you what kind of devices are registered, what operating systems they have, compliance related issues based on policies, installed applications/videos/documents, provide analysis and reporting on everything, and much more!
Ready to make your IT life easier? Join our free webcast on 12/15 to explore how vSphere w/ Ops Management can help you deliver higher performing apps, better infrastructure, and solutions at the speed of business.
As the data center continues to evolve, it’s time for a more robust infrastructure that can help organizations meet the needs of modern business. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a radically simple, cost-effective solution designed with the future in mind—from performance to cost to scale.
Nimish Desai, Senior Technical Product Manager at VMware, network guy, the face behind the design guide. Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – Part 1 was an advanced technical sess…Read More
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In this video, Francis Daly goes beyond just looking at storage with vSAN, and focuses on best practices, including a whiteboard discussion on architecture, and key hardware and software affecting vSAN performance.