Finishing a Fresh MacOS Install in 21 Minutes

When you’re lucky, like me, you get a new laptop every 2-3 years. Last week was my turn! I swear by MacOS and luckily VMware supplies us with the option between a Dell and a MacBook Pro (sorry Michael, but that’s an easy choice).

As you would expect, VMware does a great deal to make it easy for employees to get to work and our MacBooks are pre-installed and hooked up to Workspace ONE for work application deployment.

There are quite a few applications that I use that are not in the catalogue, though. So I usually spend a couple … Read more

Time for a change!

I’m close to working at VMware as an NSBU Pre-Sales Systems Engineer for 3 years now. Focusing fully on NSX (and all its family members) has always been a dream come true. I believe the way VMware executes on software-defined networking (SD-everything, really) is the future and good things are happening because of it.

Arkin

I don’t think I’ve made it a secret that I’m pretty much in love with Network Insight. Ever since I found it in 2014 (when it was still called Arkin) and I got it into the cloud proposition that I managed, it significantly changed my … Read more

Postman Collection for vRealize Network Insight APIs

When developing automation and using APIs, Postman is a very welcome tool. I use it to test out API calls and to make sure I format the calls correctly, before translating it to the code of whatever I’m working on.

Postman Collections are a library of API calls and all their available options for easy and quick access to every call you often use.

vRNI API

I’ve been using a half-baked Postman Collection for the API calls I’ve been doing to Network Insight, in order to develop PowervRNI and other things. It wasn’t complete by a long shot.

Earlier this … Read more

My Home Automation Gear

I’ve mostly kept this blog around virtualization technology. Over the last few months, I’ve had more and more conversations about home automation and how my house is tricked out. A lot of people seem to be interested in my setup, so I’m going to start sharing more on the gear, workflows & results. 🙂

Starting with my gear, this is a list of lights, switches, and other sensors to get ideas from.

Also: this is not an invitation to rob me. 😛 

Orchestrators

Let’s start with the central hub(s). My primary orchestrator is a Fibaro Home Center 2, which … Read more

vRealize Network Insight 4.0 – Smaller Gems

Network Insight 4.0 was released today and it undeniably the biggest release they’re ever done. It’s packed with some huge features and a lot of small goodness.

While Karl has done an excellent job of describing the top features in this blog post, I’ll go through the somewhat smaller features which will make your life better. But first, here’s a quick recap of the major features:

  • Cisco ACI support to gain insight into the underlying topology
  • Standardized BGP-EVPN support as an underlay
  • F5 BIG-IP router support
  • Cisco ASA support
  • sFlow support for incoming network flows

Walkthroughs or “Self Service”

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Why the #vCommunity is important to me

..and other vExperts.

A little overdue, mostly because we were still hunting down 2 lost videos; sorry Abdullah & Joep!

During VMworld Europe, I was invited to present on VMworld TV for the second time (god knows why) and had a two-fold mission: put a spotlight on some of the vExperts and ask them why the VMware Community (#vCommunity) is important for them and ask them for advice for people wanting to become a part of it.

Why?

The reason is quite simple; when I was pulled into it by some people I looked up to, … Read more

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

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