Upgrading PKS with NSX-T from 1.0.x to 1.1
29/06/2018 | Sam

Yesterday, Pivotal Container Service 1.1 dropped and, as it’s something I’ve been actively learning in my lab, I wanted to jump on the upgrade straight away. PKS with NSX-T is a really hot topic right now and I think it’s going to be a big part of the future CNA landscape. My Lab PKS 1.0.4 […]

vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.2 VC data collection fails when NSX-T hostswitches are in use
18/04/2018 | Sam

When vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.2 was released recently, I was keen to get it installed in my lab, since I maintain several vRealize Automation deployments for development and testing, as well as performing upgrades. With vRLCM I can reduce the administrative overhead of managing the environments, as well as easily migrate content between environments (I’ll […]

#vROps 6.7 – Automate all the things..
13/04/2018 | Simon

There are many improvements, changes and new additions to vROps in version 6.7 but one of the aspects that stands out to me personally is the direction VMware are taking with the product. Aside from the obvious addition of cloud costings and comparisons and a reworked capacity planning (from the ground up) and new hook […]

Three Tier App for vRealize Automation
26/03/2018 | Sam

One question I’m asked quite a lot is what I use for a 3-tier application when I’m testing things like NSX micro-segmentation with vRealize Automation. The simple answer is that I used to make something up as I went along, deploying components by hand and generally repeating myself a lot. I had some cut/paste commands […]

Retrieve Blueprint or Virtual Machine Custom Properties using the vRealize Automation API
02/02/2018 | Sam

Just a quick post today, as I was working with a customer recently and we were trying to retrieve the Custom Properties assigned to a vRealize Automation 7.3 deployed Virtual Machine, similar to the one in the image below. It’s not as intuitive as you’d like it to be because of the split between IaaS […]

NSX 6.x Network Communications Diagram
26/01/2018 | Sam

There are a few NSX Communications network diagrams floating around, but none have really displayed the info in a way I found to be clear or complete enough. To that end, I have been working on a diagram that covers as much of the communications between NSX Components as I can. I’ve currently only covered […]

vRealize Automation 7.3 and NSX – Micro-segmentation strategies
19/01/2018 | Sam
Day 2 Actions Micro-segmentation Strategy

vRealize Automation and NSX integration has introduced the ability to deploy multi-tiered applications with network services included. The current integration also enables a method to deploy micro-segmentation out of the box, based on dynamic Security Group membership and the Service Composer. This method does have some limitations, and can be inflexible for the on-going management […]

#vROps data retention and the Cleaner
17/01/2018 | Simon

Something that has come up with customers recently is why and when old data is cleaned up from your vROps instance. I will make the assumption that you have your data retention set to 6 months but the process is the same whether the value is less than or greater than 6 months. When data […]

NSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Upgrading to NSX-T 2.1
22/12/2017 | Sam

Posts in this seriesNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Deploying NSX ManagerNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Deploying Controller ClusterNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: ESXi Host PreparationNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Adding a vCenter Compute Manager and Preparing HostsNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Edge InstallationNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: Transport Zones and Transport NodesNST-T 2.0 Lab Build: Logical Router ConfigurationNSX-T 2.0 Lab Build: […]