• NSX: Passed VCP6-NV

    NSX: Passed VCP6-NV

    Intro In October 2016, I took the VCP6-NV exam and failed. While this was not the first exam I have failed, it was eye opening. After seeing the question set, I realized my understanding of the exam was incorrect. I […]

  • Quick VM Report with PowerCLI

    Quick VM Report with PowerCLI

    PowerCLI Script OverView I primarily use this PowerCLI script after performing VM migrations. The script output focuses on what changed during the migration. Specifically moving to hosts running a newer version of ESXi. The script is simple to modify and […]

  • NSX Layer2 Security

    NSX Layer2 Security

    Layer2 Invisibility L2 traffic is a major blind spot for many companies. Most security filtering only happens when traffic traverses a Layer3 boundary. If traffic does not cross this boundary, it is not scanned and not seen. Attackers can move unseen […]

  • Quality of Service with NSX

    Quality of Service with NSX

    QoS is a method of providing a minimal Quality of Service to network traffic. This is done through adding values to the Ethernet or packet headers. By adding these values, priority can be assigned to network traffic types. Some services […]

  • Thoughts on VCDX Workshop

    Thoughts on VCDX Workshop

    Last night Sydney VMUG hosted a VCDX Workshop, with Travis Wood presenting. This is the first workshop that I have attended and thought that I would share some thoughts on my impressions. Travis holds two VCDX certifications for Data Center Virtualization and Desktop […]

  • VMware vSphere Physical and Virtual RDM

    VMware vSphere Physical and Virtual RDM

    RDM High-Level Cover VMware vSphere RDM or Raw Device Mapping is the method to remove levels of abstraction from the storage presented to vSphere VMs. RDMs are used to meet use cases and could be considered a deviation from the ‘normal’. […]

  • Converting VMDK to Physical RDM

    Converting VMDK to Physical RDM

    I’ve been having some issues with the conversion of a VMDK to a Physical RDM. This is a request from a client, as the storage and backup vendor has stated that there are advantages to doing this. Not something I […]

  • NSX: IPsec VPN

    NSX: IPsec VPN

    The NSX Edge can be configured to provide site-to-site VPN connectivity using IPsec. If you’re not familiar with IPsec, I suggest having a read up on that first. As IPsec is a standard, information already published will be transferable. An […]

  • VCP6-NV Failed

    Today I took a shot at the VCP6-NV exam. Leading up to the exam I was feeling good. Through my head, I could run through packet flows, the security types. I knew how to put the pieces together and make […]

  • NSX Logical Router

    NSX Logical Router

    The Logical Router (Distributed Logical Router) is installed on ESXi hosts as a VIB by the NSX manager during host preparation. The installation does not require any interruption to ESXi hosts. Removal of the VIB does require a host restart […]