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VCIX-NV Objective 2.3 – Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and is about the relation between a VXLAN and a VLAN and the bridge between the two.

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Layer-2 Bridging
When you’re talking about Logical Switches, you’re talking about a VXLAN network. VXLAN packets and routing are handled by VTEPs, which are usually ESXi hosts or Top-of-Rack switches. The network packets are inherently different then regular VLAN network packets and … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.2 – Configure VXLANs

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers VXLAN, the backbone of the NSX network. It’s not that much ground to cover, but you should have a very good understanding of how VXLAN is used, how it is built and most importantly, which requirements it has.

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VXLAN
VXLAN (or Virtual eXtensible LAN) is a widely support technology to create logically separated … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 2.1 – Create and Administer Logical Switches

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the Logical Switches in NSX.

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What is a Logical Switch?
In previous versions of vSphere, you had two networking options for virtual machines, which were a portgroup on a standard vSwitch or a portgroup on a Distributed vSwitch. These … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Transport Zones

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the explanation and management of Transport Zones within NSX.

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What is the Transport Zone?
The Transport Zone is the heart of the VXLAN network. It is the network where the Logical Switches (previously known as portgroups) send their data traffic. It is the network where the ESXi nodes create tunnels between themselves for … Read more

VCIX-NV Objective 1.2 – Upgrade VMware NSX Components

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and covers the upgrade process from vCloud Networking and Security to the NSX Suite.

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Upgrade vShield Manager 5.5 to NSX Manager 6.x

Requirements:

  • vCenter 5.5+
  • vShield Data
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VCIX-NV Objective 1.1 – Deploy VMware NSX Components

This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide. Topics are taken from the blueprint and reordered a bit to make the installation flow make sense.

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Deploy the NSX Manager virtual appliance

Requirements:

  • Working vSphere 5.5 environment (vCenter appliance, ESXi, Management
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VMworld Europe 2014 Recap

VMworld Europe is the event of the year for me. A week of meeting up with all kinds of IT professionals from around the world. I believe there were around 9,000 people from 90+ different countries. Apart from all the interesting people, it is geek heaven for anyone interested in virtualisation.

Being a techhead first, I always go head first into the technical sessions. This year, I attended around 18 break out sessions mostly about VMware NSX and automation subjects. Being a hybrid engineer (network & virtualisation), I thoroughly am enjoying what is happening in the networking space around virtualisation. … Read more

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