Integrating ServiceNow with Network Insight

In a previous post, Integrating vRealize Automation with Network Insight, I covered how greenfield applications can be automatically pushed into vRealize Network Insight to provide application context with the analytics of Network Insight. This post is about importing brownfield into Network Insight to get insights into the behavior of your existing applications. Specifically, importing CMDB information from ServiceNow.

Disclaimer: This is something I built, it is not officially supported by VMware.

CMDB

In the case of existing applications, your Configuration Management Database (CMDB) should be your source of truth. There are a lot of CMDB products out there, … Read more

Integrating vRealize Automation with Network Insight

In order to get a complete view of your network traffic flows between applications inside Network Insight, it should know things about your application stacks. This post will go into how to create an integration with vRealize Automation in order to get all new application stacks into Network Insight. This will happen on the moment that an application is deployed from a blueprint, instantly transferring info so every greenfield application will give context in Network Insight.

Disclaimer: This is something I built, it is not officially supported by VMware.

As you may know by now, Network Insight listens … Read more

Using PowervRNI to connect to Network Insight SaaS

VMware is pretty heavily invested in the cloud. Not only to manage your cloud environments, but also products as Software-as-a-Service offerings, next to the regular on-premises offerings. At the time of this post, there are 19 VMware products that you can purchase via the SaaS model. This is a variation between models like VMware Cloud on AWS where you get an Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Network Insight where you get the product hosted in the cloud.

Network Insight SaaS

So there’s a SaaS version of Network Insight. Effectively, this means that the Platform (the user-interface and data repository) is hosted in the … Read more

VMworld EU 2018 – My Session Picks

It’s that time of the year. VMworld Europe is rapidly heading for us and the schedule builder has been opened! If you’re going to VMworld for technical training and are planning on visiting breakout sessions, keep the list below in mind. I’ve laid out my picks when it comes to Networking & Security related (NSX Data Center & SD-WAN, Network Insight, and AppDefense).

These picks are based on the presenters and knowing they have a good story and some inside knowledge that they’re going to be awesome. For instance, Accelerate App Security and Availability with vRealize Network Insight [SAI2555BE] is … Read more

Integrating vRealize Network Insight and Log Insight

Starting in version 3.8 of Network Insight, you can integrate vRealize Log Insight with Network Insight in order to get faster changes in the NSX environment.

Polling vs real-time data

Currently, the collector of Network Insight polls NSX every 10 minutes for changes in the entities (security groups, tags, firewall rules, etc). It will also back off when the NSX Manager has too much load, extending the polling period and give the NSX Manager some breathing room. While this is generally okay for troubleshooting scenarios, it should be improved significantly for monitoring purposes where you need real-time data.

Syslog

This … Read more

Using PowervRNI to configure SNMP settings on data sources

Version 1.2 of PowervRNI was just released and it contains 2 new cmdlets: 

  • Get-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig
  • Set-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig

You can use these cmdlets to see and update SNMP configuration on specific data sources. All Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, and Juniper devices are data sources where SNMP can be enabled for richer data collection. This basically turns on interface counter collections, so you can have pretty graphs like this: 

Examples

To give you an idea of how to use these new cmdlets, check out the examples below. Of course, there is also documentation available in the module itself, viewable via the Get-Help cmdlet. 

Get-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig

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vRealize Orchestrator Workflow with vRA Event Broker to get Deployment Info

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) can be a beast. In both in capability and the difficulty in getting exactly the data you want. For a project I’m working on, I wanted to get a list of VMs including tier names, and the deployment name that was deployed from vRealize Automation (vRA). One of the requirement is that I can get this after the entire blueprint has deployed and all at once. Then I want to process this VM list and deployment data, more on that in a future post.

To begin, vRA needs to notify vRO when it has finished deploying a … Read more

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