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!

 

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

 

On June 1st, 2017, VMware released a new version of their vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) solution, version 3.4! VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps to 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.

What’s New in vRealize Network Insight 3.4?

The new and enhanced features in this release are as follows:

  • AWS Public Cloud Support – vRealize Network Insight now provides visibility into native AWS constructs such as VPC, VM, Security Group, and Firewall rules. Traffic flows are also analyzed to provide security and micro-segmentation view of cloud workloads (Enterprise edition only).
  • Configurable Data Retention – vRealize Network Insight provides ability to modify the data retention periods for problem events, configuration changes, and metrics (Enterprise edition only).
  • Support for Physical Devices in Application Modeling  – vRealize Network Insight now allows the inclusion of physical servers in application tier definition and micro-segmentation planning.
  • New NSX Operation Events – Additional NSX operations alerts have been introduced in this release.
  • Customization of Alerts  – The customization is done through global macro settings as well as at individual alerts level.
  • Support of vCenter Tags and Annotations  – It is an additional way to group virtual machines into security and application groups.
  • Visibility of Physical Layer-2 Network  – From this release onwards, the layer-2 networks are visible in the VM-to-VM path dashboard.
  • Addition of Syslog Messages – vRealize Network Insight supports syslog messages for sending the events generated by the system to external log management products (including Log Insight).

For more information on vRealize Network Insight 3.4, see the below links…

 

What is Network Virtualization?

What is Network Virtualization? [blogs.vmware.com]

What is Network Virtualization?

In Redefining Networking with Network Virtualization network virtualization is defined as:


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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!

Technical 301 (DEMO) – vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.2 – Video

Technical 301 (DEMO) – vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.2 – Video

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 301 (DEMO) – vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.2:   Click here!

 

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NSX 6.3: What’s New?

NSX 6.3: What’s New? – via Ather Beg’s Useful Thoughts

NSX 6.3: What’s New?

Finally! It’s time to talk about NSX 6.3. As you can tell from minor version jump, this version has a number of new capabilities and enhancements and most of them were highly-awaited too. If you were waiting for it too, there is a good chance that it contains what you wanted.


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VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners Need To Know

VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners Need To Know – via CRN

VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners…

Here are five things partners need to know about VMware’s new NSX-T product, its target market, its competitors and VMware’s vision.


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Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware…

This past week at VMware has been quite exciting! Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, reported on the Q4 2016 earnings call that VMware NSX has more than 2,400 customers exiting 2016. Today, we continue that momentum by announcing new releases of our two different VMware NSX platforms – VMware NSX™ for vSphere® 6.3 and VMware NSX-T 1.1.


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February 15th: Getting More Out of VMware with vRealize Network Insight

February 15th: Getting More Out of VMware with vRealize Network Insight – via VMware Cloud Management Blog

February 15th: Getting More Out of VMware with…

On February 15th, we will be hosting another “Getting More out of VMware” webinar. Continuing on our theme of intelligent operations, we will show you how to install, configure and utilize vRealize Network Insight product. Register below, or read for more details!


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NSX Logical Switch Packet Walk

NSX Logical Switch Packet Walk – via The Wifi-Cable

NSX Logical Switch Packet Walk

I have had nothing but fun working with NSX over the past few years. I love everything about it from design, deployment to managing it. Such a fantastic solution that brings a LOT to the table including deploying logical networks in just a few clicks to enhanced security thanks to microsegmentation. This post is for you folks out there seeking for that more in-depth look of what is going on behind the scenes between virtual machines when they communicate with one another with NSX.


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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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VMware NSX: Physical (VLAN) TO Virtual (VXLAN) Bridging Configuration

VMware NSX: Physical (VLAN) TO Virtual (VXLAN) Bridging Configuration – via Saurav Issar

VMware NSX: Physical (VLAN) TO Virtual (VXLAN)…

I came across a scenario which require the connectivity between traditional workloads with legacy VLANs to virtualized networks using VXLAN, and thought of writing a quick blog post on the subject.


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Designing vSAN Networks – Why should I Use the Distributed Switch?

Designing vSAN networks – Why should I use the Distributed Switch? – via Virtual Blocks

Designing vSAN networks – Why should I use the…

The vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) is a powerful, but often misunderstood technology that is included with VMware vSAN. This post will review some of my favorite settings on the VDS, and how you can use them to get better control, performance, and visibility into your virtual SAN cluster.


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Test-drive the full capabilities of VMware NSX by running the advanced hands-on lab

Test-drive the full capabilities of VMware NSX by running the advanced hands-on lab

Test-drive the full capabilities of VMware NSX…

Build on the basics you learned in the intro lab. Explore multi-site virtual networking and security, NSX automation, and more.


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VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

[Video] VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

At the VMworld conference, Network World’s Brandon Butler chats with VMware VP and GM John Gilmartin about its newly announced Cloud Foundation offering. The integrated system can help build private clouds made up of the company’s virtualized compute, network and storage products packaged together with new management software. Click here to subscribe to IDG.tv: https://www.youtube.com/user/IDGTV/subscribe Check out our website for our full video collection: http://www.idg.tv Like IDG.tv on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idgtv.us Follow IDG.tv on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IDGtv_US Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/IDGtv


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NSX and Micro-segmentation

NSX and Micro-segmentation

NSX and Micro-segmentation

In this video I will go over the basic concept of micro segmentation within the datacenter. micro segmentation is a key feature of NSX and a common use case for customers as it allows distinct isolation between servers and their east / west traffic. This is not easily accomplished with traditional hardware firewalls, using NSX creating segmentation rules is simplified and manageable.


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[Webcast Series] NSX Lightboard Webcast Series

[Webcast Series] NSX Lightboard Webcast Series

[Webcast Series] NSX Lightboard Webcast Series

Sign up to attend one or all of our expert-led NSX lightboard webcasts and explore the technology behind network virtualization:


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VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – TechRepublic

VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – TechRepublic

VMware NSX: 3 different use cases – TechRepublic

VMware’s NSX is one of the most-popular options for network virtualization. Here’s how three companies are using it to power their businesses.


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Try VMware NSX For Free In VMware’s Hands-On Labs!

Test-drive VMware NSX right from your browser with either the free intro or advanced hands-on lab

Try VMware NSX for free with intro and…

Our Hands-on Labs provide an easy, no-cost way to evaluate the features and functionality of VMware NSX.


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[SlideShare] Running and Managing Your Network Just Got Easier

[SlideShare] Running and Managing Your Network Just Got Easier

[SlideShare] Running and Managing Your Network…

Network virtualization is increasingly important for IT organizations that want to move at the speed of business.


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What’s New With vRealize Network 3.2? – VMware…

What’s New With vRealize Network 3.2? – VMware Cloud Management Blog

What’s New With vRealize Network 3.2? – VMware…

Optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. Provide planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.


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[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data Center Security with VMware NSX

[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data Center Security with VMware NSX

[Webcast Series] Enabling Next Generation Data…

RSVP to our #NSX lightboard webcasts for an overview of how to implement micro-segmentation.


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VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC…

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC…

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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VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC…

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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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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NSX as a Platform for Micro-Segmentation (Video)

[Video] NSX as a Platform for Micro-segmentation

NSX as a Platform for Micro-segmentation

Join VMware’s Chris Larkins for a look at micro-segmentation and VMware NSX. SUBSCRIBE! http://youtube.com/TravisLawrenceArrow?sub_confirmation=1 CONNECT http://twitter.com/tllawrence “Pamgaea” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


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vRealize Network Insight and NSX – New Infographic

vRealize Network Insight and NSX – New Infographic

vRealize Network Insight and NSX – New Infographic

Looking to solve the puzzling visibility gap across the virtual and physical networks? Trying to find the elusive answer to ensuring health and availability while also enhancing security and compliance? Need to deliver faster time to value? Follow these 3 steps to solve your virtual+physical network puzzle with this new cool infographic.


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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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NSX Deployment Scenarios

NSX Deployment Scenarios

NSX Deployment Scenarios

Want to educate yourself a bit about Network Virtualisation and why you should care? Check out vmware.regalixdigital.com/VMwareNSX for deployment scenarios that show the practical side of ‘SDN’!


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[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX: Network Visibility and Troubleshooting

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX: Network Visibility and Troubleshooting

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX:…

Join us on 11/17 as we take you through a deep-dive into NSX, enhanced with the vRealize Log Insight tool. Sign up now for this free webcast!


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VMworld Sessions – Practical NSX Distributed…

VMworld Sessions – Practical NSX Distributed Firewall Policy Creation – Virtualization Gains

VMworld Sessions – Practical NSX Distributed…

Ron Fuller, double CCIE, co-author of NSX Fundamentals Live Lessons and NSX Essentials book, dives into one really powerful aspect of NSX, the distributed firewall and how policies can be created.


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Connecting a VPN between AWS and VMware NSX

Connecting a VPN between AWS and VMware NSX – VMGuru

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!


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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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Get a holistic view of your network with vRealize Network Insight – TechTarget

Get a holistic view of your network with vRealize Network Insight – TechTarget

Get a holistic view of your network with…

VMware vRealize Network Insight promises to provide a comprehensive view of the network, as well as better NSX management. We put it to the test to see if this promise holds up.


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Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network…

Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network Insight – VMGuru

Monitoring Firewall Rules with vRealize Network…

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-segment


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VMware vRealize Network Insight AD and other…

[Video] VMware vRealize Network Insight AD and other basic configuration

VMware vRealize Network Insight AD and other…

Watch @yvessandfort explain how to setup Active Directory authentication and describe some of the other basic settings in VRNI


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VMware vRealize Network Insight – Basic Installtion

[Video] VMware vRealize Network Insight – Basic Installation

VMware vRealize Network Insight – Basic…

Watch comdivision CEO and VCDX-CMA 203 @yvessandfort running thru the basic installation of vRealize Network Insight for the first time.


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