vRealize Operations NSX for vSphere v3.0 management pack has 4 “out-of-the-box” dashboards. In this blog, I will show you how to create 2 dashboards to monitor Load Balance Services. You can certainly expand the idea to monitor any service hosted by NSX Edge). I will provide the files, so you can just import the XML file. So, let’s get started.
An Edge Services Gateway allows to connect services running on Logical Switches outside of NSX based networks. I’ve explained the base installation from zero to the first ESG here. This post explains how to connect Web servers running on logical networks VXLAN to the outside.
This manual is intended for anyone who wants to install or use NSX in a VMware vCenter environment. The information in this manual is written for experienced system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and virtual datacenter operations. This manual assumes familiarity with VMware Infrastructure 5.x, including VMware ESX, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Web Client.
If you are running vRops and NSX, one of the mangement packs that is a must to install is the NSX management pack – On a side note remember to link Log Insight to vRops, that way when you install the NSX management pack in vRops, it will also install the NSX content pack in Log Insight and setup the alerts in the NSX content pack and forward them to vRops.
A lot of the customers I talk to who are considering virtualizing their network ask what the “overhead” or “performance penalty” is for running NSX. The general answer is “so low that you probably won’t be able to measure it”. For some people, that’s not enough. They want to know an exact figure for, say, the latency added for east-west VM communication when the NSX Distributed Firewall is enabled. Or how much latency is added by using VXLANs instead of native VLANs with the software VTEPs built into NSX? Or what is the latency introduced when I go from a VM on a VXLAN through an Edge Security Gateway to a physical server on a native VLAN?
VMware NSX is completely software based. This means it’s flexible as heck and you can have a lot of instances running concurrently. It also means you can go crazy with your network topology designs and amount of tinkering you can do with your virtual network. I am someone who loves to tinker. Sometimes a bit too much. A consequence of this, is that I sometimes break my virtual test lab and have to re-install it and return to the starting point. This has happened a few times.
NSX-v 6.2.3 has been out for a couple of weeks now and besides the new features and bug fixes there was a significant change to the licensing structure for NSX. Previously there really wasn’t any concept of NSX editions…however 6.2.3 introduced four new tiers.
The integration of VMware NSX and the F5 BIG-IP platform, with its full-proxy architecture, provides automated provisioning and deployment of the rich set of F5 application delivery services to both network and virtualization operators and delivers a reliable, enterprise-class application experience to SDDC environments.
There are considerations on where to place the “Active” DLR Control-VM. This is due to an issue where “if” the active DLR Control-VM and any Active Edge are on the same host during a host failure the DLR Control-VM will not be able to provide the controller-cluster with routing updates.
This document details the design and deployment details of VMware NSX in a Horizon End-User Computing environment and is targeted towards virtualization, networking and security architects interested in deploying Horizon for virtual desktops and NSX in a vSphere environment.
The 6.2.3 version of NSX for vSphere was released yesterday (June, 9th 2016). NSX is VMware’s solution to virtualize network and security for your software-defined data center. NSX network virtualization decouples the network from hardware into a software abstraction layer which allows you to programmatically create, provision, and manage your networks.