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



The VMware Identity Manager (previously known as Workspace Portal) is a virtual appliance with Linux on it. When you install it, you configure a root and admin password for access to the administration interface. You need this password for appliance maintenance, upgrades, etc. As with keys, it is possible to loose this password and being unable to upgrade the appliance (as a colleague of mine learned).

As the password reset process is not really documented fully, I thought I’d throw the steps to reset … 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



Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a VMware NSX integration with one of my existing PHP applications. This application is tied into a development process with a new testing schematic which needed to use a the NSX features to test the code inside a tiered network setup. Of course, this needed to be automated and available on demand; enter the NSX API. Using the NSX API, I’ve been able to integrate network deployment and configuration inside the existing application (with … Read more



Ravello Systems offers ‘Smart Labs’ where you can run a multitude of applications in Amazon or Google Cloud, including nested ESXi Hypervisors. This opens up the possibility of replacing a home lab system, where you have noisy power guzzling servers set up at your home and move your test lab to the cloud. I have been using Ravello for a while and just got around to upgrading my VMware NSX blueprint to NSX 6.2.1, which is where I ran into an issue:

ravello-nsx6.2.1-stuck-starting

The NSX … Read more



Following up on my post The Future of Virtual Networking from VMworld – Part 1 (read that before starting this one), I’m going to continue rambling on about some of the awesome future networking ideas floating around during VMworld.

Disclaimer: this post is also based on public roadmap information divulged by VMware and can be subject to change. Also, some of this is my interpretation of the features.

Distributed Load Balancing

With traditional load balancing, network traffic goes through an appliance (physical or virtual) … Read more



VMworld Europe took place in Barcelona last week and my experience was mostly centered around NSX. A few technical sessions and a lot of meetings later, I have been given an insight into the future of virtual networking and it’s awesome! In a mini series (otherwise it’d be much too long and windy) of posts, I am going to discuss my interpretation on how this will look.

Disclaimer: this post is based on public roadmap information divulged by VMware (mostly the great mind

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