• Turbonomic Intro: Desired State and Virtual Market Place

    Turbonomic is an operations management platform, built on a rich set of APIs. It has the capability to connect to many different systems and gather  extensive datasets. This entry will cover the fundamentals of Desired State and Virtual Market Place. These two components are the basis for Turbonomics recommendations. Platform... more

  • 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 do not a significant amount of bandwidth but are sensitive... more

  • 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 and is a VCDX panelist. Being a VCDX panelist means that... more

  • 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’;. When creating an RDM, there are two options; Virtual and... more

  • 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 have done before, but nothing wrong with that. I found... more

  • Das Keyboard Professional 4 Review

    Recently I have started using a Das Professional 4 and I thought it might be time to do a review. I’;m not going to go through the features of the keyboard, cable length etc. You can find that everywhere. This review covers my experience with it. I have been long time user... more

  • Impact of attitude and culture in the workplace

    A lot people in a recruitment position, comment on the importance of attitude when hiring a new staff member. Usually summed up as “You can train skills, not attitude”. This is also a major factor in determining a cultural fit. Attitude has a major impact on our careers, our motivation... more

  • 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 NSX Edge can connect to any other device that supports... more

  • IT Community Involvement

    It’;s coming up to two years that I have been running this blog, and roughly the same amount of time since I started being involved in the IT community. I thought it’;s a good time to sit back and reflect on being involved in the IT community and maybe help... more

  • Turbonomic First impression

    A few days ago, I spun up Turbonomic on my home lab and have had a bit of a look around. I thought I would share my experience and thoughts on what I have seen from the product. Installing Turbonomic is about as easy and straight forward as you can get.... more

  • 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 work. Even could recall those trivia details that after... more

  • 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 though. The DLR runs in kernel space and sits on... more

  • NSX Use Cases

    Whenever evaluating a product / technology, the question of “What problem does this solve?” should always be asked. Many times. This is how we understand the value and justify the expense, which can be very substantial. With that in mind, lets jump into some NSX Use Cases. Security NSX has... more

  • NSX Network and Security Functions and Services

    Switching: NSX switching resides on the data plane and utilises VMware vDS. Logical Switches are port groups on a vDS that are used for VXLAN traffic. Distributed port groups can also be used, but only for VLAN traffic. Routing: Distributed routing, enabling routing to take place in kernel, without the... more

  • NSX Terms

    Let’s crack open a can of acronym soup, because NSX is full of them. Seriously, typing about NSX makes my pinky fingers real shift workers. Software Defined Networking (SDN): Software-defined anything refers to decoupling the management from physical architecture. SDN is moving the management and configuration of the Datacentre Network... more