Tuesday, February 14, 2017

vExpert 2017 - I made it!


Last week VMware announced their selections for 2017 vExperts. I applied last year and was hoping to make the list and was pleased to find out - I did! (Really - I did - you can see the announcement here: Announcement)

What does this mean for me?  Honestly at this time, I'm not sure. I suspect I will know more after the official "Welcome aboard" email is received.  I plan to blog more and this is a great reason to push me to make it happen.  I've joined the Slack channel and have been impressed with the level of conversations out there already.

Not much else to say at this time, other than I am excited and honored to have made the list!  Here's to a great 2017 as a vExpert!


Monday, December 19, 2016

vRNI 3.2 Installation – Step by Step

This week (12/8/16) VMware released vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) was released and added some really cool capabilities to the platform. Some highlights are below.
·         XML Export of Firewall Rules
·         Support of NSX Edge NAT
·         Application Centric Micro-segmentaton
·         Online upgrade
·         NSX configuration, health and capacity checks
·         Handful of other misc. features

I plan to blog about many of these features, but let’s start with the basics and see what we need to do and get the ball rolling. First, download the 2 files needed, the platform and proxy OVAs. Be warned, this is close to 14GB of files. If like me, you have slow(ish) Internet, patience is a virtue.  You’ll want to make sure you have resources to meet the requirements.


Now that you have the files and meet the specs, let’s get started. I’ll be using the fat client because, well….I use it when I don’t have to use the web client.  On a side note, I hear the 6.5 client is awesome but have not used it and NSX and vRNI don’t support it yet today. Anyways, find the data center you want to deploy the OVF to and start the process like below.  You’ll start with the Platform as that’s the main engine for the product.

You’ll go through the usual process of showing the requirements, EULA, and location. 

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The first real question you’ll need to address is the size of the configuration. Your choices are Medium or Large and depending on the size of your deployment and the volume of data you’ll collect. The easy decoder is the number of VMs you have to drive the sizing. If you have ~3,000 VMs, medium will work fine and if you have ~6,000 or more choose large. As always, these are “it depends” numbers and you can work with your account team to see the rest of the equation and make the best choice for you.  
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Extra settings on the properties page


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Choose your resources like storage and network connectivity, fill in the blanks on the IP address detail you’ll use and let it rip.

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Depending on your config this could take quite a while or go quickly.  Hopefully you selected the Power on after Deployment button because you’ll want it to come online before you deploy the proxy. While the platform is coming online and loading all of the processes, let’s be productive and start to deploy the proxy.  This is important to note, but the platform must be online for the proxy to be deployed.


Once again we’ll go through the typical OVF process with requirements, EULA, location, configuration size, storage, and network mapping. 
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What will be new is that when you get to the Properties page you’ll need to generate the Shared Secret.  This is used to link the platform with the proxy.  Hopefully you’ve powered on the platform and hit its IP/DNS name with Chrome. The first thing will be to apply your license, activate it and login (admin@local/admin is the default account).  Now you can generate the shared secret and use the handy Copy button to paste it to the OVF window.  Fill in the rest of the blanks and again, Power on after deployment.  

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It’ll spin and take some time depending on your config.  Remember, these are big OVAs and so go get some coffee or check your email.   After the proxy comes up, it’ll be automatically detected by the platform and you’re done!


The next blog, we’ll talk about how to start getting it all setup to collect data.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Countires I have visited

It seems today is going to be one of those "brain itch" days where pent up blog post ideas come to fruition. This is a great example of one of those.

I was talking with a colleague this week and he asked where all I had been and I wished I had a concise list to share. I have tossed this around as an idea before and now it's done.  I'll add a new country next April when we visit New Zealand but until then, this is as current as I can recall.


While I am at it, here's the US map of places I have visited.
I need to get around a bit more in my opinion. I enjoy seeing new places.  Most countries I have visited I would go back again but there are a few I can live the rest of my life without going to again. Out of respect for everyone I won't post the names of the places I didn't like.

Race Schedule for 2017



As a bit of a departure from my normal technical blogs I wanted to get this out there about what I currently enjoy doing on weekends and challenging myself. That said….


Thursday, July 21, 2016

VMworld 2016 Sessions I am Excited About

As VMworld draws closer and the scheduler tool is active, I am really looking at the sessions I'll try to attend while I am in Vegas. I expect to actually sit in just a few of them because as a VMware employee, we cannot pre-register and must wait until very close to the session start time. This policy, of course, makes perfect sense as ultimately it is a customer-first event but it's nice to get to see the other sessions as well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Changing the IP Address of NSX Manager

I had a customer ask me a simple question and I assumed that there would be a simple answer. How do I change the IP address of my NSX Manager? Good question - I asked around and it seemed like a simple process but being a big fan of "Trust but verify" I wanted to do this in my lab and below is the process I used.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VMworld Discount for CCIEs or CCDEs



This is pretty exciting news and deserved more than just a Tweet.  If you are a CCIE or CCDE and planning to attend VMWorld you qualify for a $300 discount!

Drop an email to vmworldteam@vmware.com with the subject line "Cisco Live Promotion" and be sure to include your first and last names and your certification number.  You'll be contacted by the VMworld team with additional instructions.

Pretty cool deal!  Better get on it - it's a limited time offer!











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