I’ve been rolling out quite a few vRealize Network Insight deployments (labs, Proof-of-Concepts) and while the installation of NI is a cake walk (see automated installer here), add the data sources can be time consuming if you have a bunch of switches and/or other data sources which need to be imported.

The Network Insight team has done a very good job on the architecture of the product, where they are using all kinds of cool API calls to push and retrieve information from the NI backend. This is mostly done via JavaScript, which means the users browser is executing … Read more


The good people of vRealize Network Insight made the OVAs of Network Insight 3.2 Import-vApp safe, which means you can now install it with PowerCLI!

Network Insight consists of two VMs; the Platform VM and the Proxy VM. The setup process looks like this:

  • Deploy Network Insight Platform OVA to vSphere
  • Browse to the Platform UI and:
    • Active your license,
    • Generate a Shared Secret for use in the Proxy VM deployment.
  • Deploy Network Insight Proxy OVA to vSphere
  • Login to the Platform UI and start adding data sources and consume all the goodness that is Network Insight!

Having to deploy … Read more


Just before all the buzz started from VMworld (such as the vSphere 6.5 release), the VMware fling team dropped a huge release. The first version of PowerCLI for OS X and Linux is available!

PowerCLI – Current State

While this is a fling, a lot of work has gone into making the proper cmdlets available for your everyday vSphere management duties. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. The comparison table between the PowerCLI version for Windows and the fling that has just been released is below:

powercli-fling-features

This is the beginning of an awesome cross-platform experience for … Read more



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 … Read more



One of the great things of all network virtualization solutions, is that they can be automated using some form of API that they publish. Cisco ACI is no different and offers a RESTful API which you can consume to do stuff on the network. Well, it’s a ‘sort-of’ RESTful API, as they only seem to use GET and POST functions, no DELETE, PUT, etc. Instead to delete an object, you do a POST with the status ‘deleted’. Anyway, details.

PowerTool

Cisco has a PowerShell … Read more


APIs are everywhere these days. As a VMware engineer with a broad range of products to support, APIs are ways to speed things up dramatically. Instead of clicking yourself silly, things can be done without seconds. Finding the documentation for all the different APIs can be challenging though, as there’s a PDF here, a knowledge base site there, etc.

Project Platypus is looking to change that by centralising VMware API documentation in a neat little container for ease of use. The presentation is handled … Read more


A few years ago, I created the first version of the Cisco UCS Inventory Script (UIS), a PowerShell script to read all the configuration and environment data from a UCS Manager. It can help you to get an easy overview of UCS installations after completing the initial build, or on an ongoing basis. To answer basic questions like “How many port licenses do we have left?” or “Did we create VLAN X?” – when you have no easy connectivity to the management console.

Next to reporting configuration and environment data, it also provides some basic recommendations about the configuration.

The … Read more