The (Un)official VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide

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The (Un)official VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide

VMware released a new certification for NSX back in October 2014; the VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV). This new certification is the next level for VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) and validates your skills and your ability to install, configure and administer VMware NSX for vSphere. You can learn more about VCIX-NV here. During the preparations before this exam, I started keeping notes. These notes turned into blog posts and these blog posts turned into complete coverage of the VCIX-NV blueprint. After 3 months, all the objectives were done, I passed the VCIX-NV exam myself and decided to compile everything into an easy to use format. It took a while, but after a lot of text formatting,…Read More


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VMware vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom…

#VMware #vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom Certificates

VMware vSphere Replication 5.8 and Custom…

I waffled on some time ago about using proper certificates in your vSphere 5.5 environment. You can read about some of how to do that here. Eric has a nice summary of the steps here. I got a call recently from the customer about a few things and they mentioned some issues with vSphere Replication 5.8. Turns out I’d forgotten about vSphere Replication when I’d gone through the certificate replacement process, as it was done as a PoC. The fix is simple: power off the appliance and power it on again. VMware has a KB for most every situation, including this one – VMware vSphere Replication appliance no longer able to communicate with the VMware vCenter Server after changing the vCenter certificates (2063955). It also helps that I’m a bit…Read More


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VMware vSphere 5.5 U2 Resetting the SSO Password

#VMware #vSphere 5.5 U2 – Resetting the SSO Password

VMware vSphere 5.5 U2 Resetting the SSO Password

In a previous post I talked about deploying custom SSL certs into a vCenter 5.5 environment. As I was working through the update steps, the Certificate Automation Tool kept bombing out when updating the Inventory Service certificate. Neither the client nor I really knew why this was happening, but I had a bit of a hunch that it something to do with SSO credentials. It turned out to be a lucky guess, as I reset the password a few times and the SSL cert tool started working. If you find yourself in this situation, there’s a tool provided with vCenter to reset the SSO password. Here’s a link to the KB article.c:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VMware\CIS\vmdird>vdcadmintool.exe It’s a fairly straightforward process, but you need to…Read More


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vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

vSphere 6 – VMware is heading toward VM-aware

A blog to share security, networking and cloud related technology information as @vCloudernBeer picked up on his search for his destiny in the cloud. (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chowanthony) Friday, July 3, 2015 VMware vSphere 6 was released in early February 2015. The must read “Mastering VMware vSphere X” book series for vSphere 6 is already available. the Internet that we can search for. I OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. My second OpenStack bug fix was submitted upstream and…Read More


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NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM…

NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM level and VVOLs compatible

NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM…

NVMe is new standard which is slowly start to replace SAS/SATA by providing fastest/shortest/optimized data path. Associated to a software which does QoS at the VM level and supports VMware VVOLS, it gives you a quite powerful package. In fact all those features are present in the new storage array from NexGen Storage and we’ll […] Read the full post NexGen Storage is NVMe Ready with QoS at the VM level and VVOLs compatible at ESX Virtualization.


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Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and…

Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and configuration.

Part 1: Installing VMware NSX Appliance and…

Hello everyone, welcome first series of NSX 6.1 installation and configuration with Best Practice. This series containevery steps involved for NSX deployment with screenshots. Since this installation is done in Lab environment we will try to include the all topics. We all know NSX is key component for SDDC. Its a software based platform that […]


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VMware Tool Upgrade using vSphere Update Manager

Step by Step upgrade process for #VMware tools via the update manager

VMware Tool Upgrade using vSphere Update Manager

Hello All, Today i came here with a task from which every administrator bang his head to complete even after knowing that it need to do again after next upgrade of vcenter/Esxi host. To ease this task vmware introduced and i believe you all know it very better “Vmware update manager”. So i am sharing the step by step procedure to achieve this task easily in no time. 😉


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vCenter Server 6 Availability Guide

Use the #vCenter Server 6 Availability Guide to architect a HA solution

vCenter Server 6 Availability Guide

vCenter Server has become a mission critical part of most virtual infrastructures. It can be a single point of failure if it is not designed for availability. vCenter Server 6 has many changes relating to vCenter Server and its components and careful consideration has to be made in the design of its architecture. With the release of vSphere 6 and multi-CPU Fault Tolerance many customers asked if they could use it to protect vCenter Server. Initially this was unclear but now VMware has released the vCenter Server 6 Availability Guide which describes how different availability features, like vSphere FT, HA, vCenter Watchdog services and in guest clustering solutions, can be combined depending on customer requirements for availability….Read More


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How to Configure vCenter Server SMTP Mail…

How to Configure vCenter Server SMTP Mail Settings in VMWare vCenter Server:

How to Configure vCenter Server SMTP Mail…

Hi All , I believe most of them knows about it but I tried to write it for the people who want to setup it from the scratch. Whenever the alert is generate it throws a mail to the sender email id so you can get a prompt email and act as per the urgencies.… Continue reading…Read More


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How to install Micro Segmentation on your…

How to install Micro Segmentation on your #vSphere cluster

How to install Micro Segmentation on your…

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Removing VMware Data Security after vShield to…

How to Remove #VMware Data Security after #vShielf to #NSX upgrade

Removing VMware Data Security after vShield to…

An existing vShield environment can be upgraded to a full NSX environment, as described in my VCIX post “Upgrade VMware NSX Components”. All vShield components can be upgraded, except for one; vShield Data Security. The documentation states: NSX Data Security does not support a direct upgrade. You must uninstall the current Data Security software before upgrading to NSX Manager. After NSX Manager is upgraded, you can install NSX Data Security version 6.0. If you upgraded to NSX Manager without uninstalling Data Security, you must do so using a REST call. A few days ago, someone came to me with an environment where this exact thing happened. They had upgraded to NSX for all its goodness, but had not removed Data Security and could not…Read More


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Tuning ESXi for NFV Workloads

Read all about it! Grab the white paper with tips for tuning the #ESXi #hypervisor!

Tuning ESXi for NFV Workloads

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables the efficiency and agility benefits that come from untethering network functions from proprietary appliances and moving them to a virtualized infrastructure running over hypervisors and COTS hardware. Enterprise IT departments have been realizing such benefits for a number of years but the telecommunications environment brings new workloads with different requirements. The vSphere ESXi hypervisor provides a high-performance and competitive…Read More


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vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered

vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered #VCDX

vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered

The ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you directly with VMware’s own expert training team of VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs), making it easier to take full advantage of VMware products, from data center virtualization and hybrid cloud to software-defined data center. Our most recent webinar on Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6 is now available as a recording you […]


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Updated version of the vMSC white paper for…

Updated version of the vMSC white paper for vSphere 6.0 available now!

Updated version of the vMSC white paper for…

One of the most popular white papers of the last couple of year has definitely been the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster best practices white paper (vMSC). Over the past 12 months we have received many emails asking if there were changes that needed to be taken in to account for vSphere 5.5. More recently we started […]


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