Deploying a VMware SD-WAN Edge to AWS

Formerly known as VeloCloud, the VMware SD-WAN solution is a combination of hardware (the branch routers) and software. The software is the magic sauce, which they prove by providing virtual Edges for vSphere, so you can place the edge anywhere. vSphere isn’t the only virtual format; they’ve also made it available for AWS, Azure, AliCloud, and GCP. 

I’ve been deploying regional (US, EMEA, APJ) POPs of SD-WAN HUBs to better replicate an enterprise SD-WAN in the vRealize Network Insight demo lab (more on that in a future post), and ran into some things to take notice of, or even fix … Read more

VMworld 2020 – Session Picks

This year has been tough, but luckily time is flying by. VMware’s flagship event, VMworld, is just a few weeks away! Due to everything, VMworld is virtual this year, and most of the content is free to check out. There is a Premier Pass, which will get you 1 on 1 sessions, workshops, and the certification discount you typically get with a VMworld pass.

There are some 774 (and growing) sessions that will be available during this event on the free pass! Have you registered yet?

Picking Sessions

Now that the schedule builder is live, you can start … Read more

Configuration Backups of vRealize Network Insight

Similar to my last post, I found another small gem in the vRealize Network Insight 5.3 release: the ability to backup all configuration within the Platform.

Unsupported

Before you continue reading, please note that this is an unsupported feature right in 5.3. It’ll be officially supported later this year. Having said that…These new API endpoints in the API Explorer caught my eye:

Snapshots

Currently, the supported method of creating backups of Network Insight is to power down the VM, take a snapshot, backup that snapshot, and power the VM back up. Needless to say, that needs some work. I … Read more

Syncing Flows between vRealize Network Insight Collectors

There are a few reasons you’d want to have multiple Network Insight instances collecting data from the same data sources. Maybe one is a staging instance, and the other is a production instance. Perhaps you’re rebuilding Network Insight on another instance (and can’t move the existing one), but do want to have them running parallel for some time. I could go on.

One of the challenges is being able to collect network flows in both instances, as vSphere can only send flows to a single collector IP. You could solve this with a NetFlow duplicator, but now there’s another … Read more

Introducing the Stream Deck Plugin for Zoom

After getting a Stream Deck earlier this year, I built a way to control my Zoom meetings with it. For one, this sent keyboard shortcuts directly to the Zoom client to toggle mute and video and had the ability to leave a meeting with the press of a (physical) button. There was a drawback: the SD buttons didn’t synchronize with the Zoom client, meaning the button could show a muted icon, while the meeting was not muted. After doing some research, I decided to solve that with a native Stream Deck Plugin for Zoom.

Capabilities

The plugin has the … Read more

vRealize Network Insight Cookbook Now Available!

I’m very excited to announce that the vRealize Network Insight Cookbook is now available! After one year of research and writing, 51.142 words, 280 pages, and 107 draft versions later, this has been the most rewarding challenge of my career, and I hope you like the result.

NOTE: Due to 2020 being 2020, all royalty proceeds will go to the Red Cross, NAACP, and ACLU. Learn about Network Insight, while also doing something good.

Expect a lot of technical information. The why, how, and what of Network Insight gets a turn, but it’s mostly a technical … Read more

Routed VPN between VMware Cloud on AWS and VyOS

VMware Cloud on AWS has a few different connectivity options: Direct Connect, Policy-based VPN, and Routed-VPN. 

In my experience, most people seem to pick Direct Connect and Policy-based VPN first, before even thinking about Routed-VPN. But, as with most things in life, you’ll find that one use case for that option you’d never use otherwise. 😉

I had to build a routed-VPN from VMware Cloud on AWS to a VyOS router recently, and it had some options to take into account and took a while to figure out. This post goes into the configuration on both sides. Mostly on the … Read more

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