This is the first post in a series on how to use PowervRNI to manage your vRealize Network Insight environment. Starting with Data Sources.

Data Sources

Brief background; data sources in vRNI are endpoints from which vRNI retrieves information from. Examples are: vCenter, NSX, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, an AWS account or converged infrastructure systems like Cisco UCS or HP OneView.

Adding data sources is usually only performed when vRNI is installed into the environment and every time a new endpoint is added to your environment (for example a new vCenter environment, or when a new switch is plugged in).… Read more

I am excited to introduce PowervRNI to the world! In the 3.6 release of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) in November, there was a public API added. Through this API, you can offload certain tedious tasks like creating applications and managing data sources. I was using the private API for a couple of things already, like importing data sources. With the release of the public API, I could move those things to use the public (and supported) API. Ever since then, I’ve been working on PowervRNI.


The first release of PowervRNI is on GitHub here. With this … Read more

As a wise man said; now for something completely different. This post is going to be just that.

I received a Amazon Kindle on christmas and absolutely love it. It has replaced hauling around a bunch of physical books and made my life a lot easier when it comes to managing highlights and notes about the topics in the books (I read a lot of educational text).

Previously I had a physical notebook with me that I translated into electronic notes by hand. I use Evernote for all my note taking purposes. With the Kindle, all your highlights and notes … Read more

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:


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