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VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses

  • simon 

VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses Occasionally I feel old, today was one of those days.  The feeling snuck up on me during a conversation about MAC addresses. Someone mentioned a MAC address starting 00:50:56 and I said with confidence that it was a VMware virtual machine, which prompted the response “how do you know that?”.  Which leads us to the topic of this blog post, how did I know that? MAC addresses are not random. … Read More »VMware Virtual Machines MAC addresses

vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin

vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin As part of a recent Canadian UserCon event myself and Dean Lewis poured many hours of blood, sweat and swearing into creating the session “vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin”.  The basic premise of the presentation was set at around a level-100 introduction to the Kubernetes world and marrying that to your knowledge of VMware vSphere as… Read More »vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes – Day 2 Operations for the VI Admin

vSphere HA Advanced Settings

  • simon 

vSphere HA Advanced Settings to Consider Working in the field I come across a lot of VMware products configurations, in addition to working directly advising how to meet architectural and business goals.  After conversations this week I’d like to draw attention to two small but often overlooked configuration settings for vSphere HA and one that folk might simply have forgotten about. For those that are not aware, vSphere HA provides high availability for Virtual Machines. … Read More »vSphere HA Advanced Settings

IDS and IPS in NSX-T

  • eleanor 

IDS and IPS in NSX-T IDS/IPS IDS stands for Intrusion Detection System and IPS stands for Intrusion Prevention System. It is what is says on the tin, it protects your environment from an attack. IDS is a system that monitors the traffic in case of an attack and In the event of this IPS will block the network traffic. In the newest release of NSX-T which was 3.0 this came with IDS with IPS following… Read More »IDS and IPS in NSX-T

Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion

I always get interesting questions, todays was ‘Can I Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion?’ Looking through the documentation it is certainly not listed as a requirement to run on ESX or any other specified platform; “Software Requirement Photon OS 3.0 Revision 2 ISO Distribution (Minimal Version) Hardware Requirements Recommended settings for vSphere virtual machine 4 vCPUs 16 GB RAM 150 GB space for the hard disk A port group with network connectivity… Read More »Deploy Skyline Health Diagnostics in Workstation or Fusion

NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite

  • eleanor 

NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite So we’ve all heard of NSX-T and the buzz surrounding Federation, what are the benefits of it and how does it relate to multisite. These are some of the questions I am going to try and answer. MultiSite From NSX-T 2.5 VMware introduced Multisite. In essence this is where you can manage multiple sites from one NSX manager node, this supports disaster recovery where one main site is used and the… Read More »NSX-T Federation Vs Multisite

Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges I got asked the question last week if it was possible to export roles and privileges as a *.csv file from virtual centre?  It’s a question that’s come up a few times over the years and there are various articles over at the VMware Communities and code sites that can help. Anyway, as there isn’t a hand button in VC to extract/export/save roles and privileges to a *.CSV… Read More »Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

Skyline Health Diagnostics

  • simon 

Skyline Health Diagnostics I’m aware that during any incident with VMware estates one issue that adversely impacts teams particularly those that work in secure environments is the capability to share logs expediently with VMware Global Support Services.  In some circumstances this could be due to the need for logs to have information redacted, data export restrictions or there is no physical connection to upload logs. I’m pleased to highlight that help is now at hand! … Read More »Skyline Health Diagnostics

NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails

  • simon 

NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails With VMware Cloud Foundation password management of SDDC components is handed off to the SDDC manager.  The SDDC manager can rotate the passwords for VMware components such as ESXi, Virtual Centre and NSX-T.  A very useful feature and a great way. of keeping admin and root accounts secure in the infrastructure.  So what happens when the rotation is perhaps missed and the NSX-T passwords expire? This is exactly… Read More »NSX-T password expired SDDC Manager rotation fails

TAM Lab YouTube channel

  • simon 

I work as a VMware TAM, an organisation within VMware with a sole focus to use it’s super powers to help customers achieve great things with their investments in VMware technology.  Outside of the day job it also fosters a community that are always super keen to share best practices and neat ideas with anyone who’ll listen.  One of the projects that is run by the VMware TAM teams is the TAM Lab YouTube channel.… Read More »TAM Lab YouTube channel