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

PowervRNI 1.8 Release Notes

PowervRNI 1.8 is now available on the PowerShellGallery! This is a minor release; a few fixes, and 2 additions. Here are the full release notes:

  • Fix adding timestamp to flows
  • Fix adding ServiceNow datasources
  • Fix cosmetic warning when using Get-vRNIDataSource without parameters.
  • Add Dell OS10 switches as a Data Source type
  • Add Get-vRNIEntityNames to get entity info on multiple entity ids at once.

A few more details:

Dell OS10 Support

You can now use dellos10switch as a value for the DataSourceType parameter, in order to add these types of switches as a data source with New-vRNIDataSource, or retrieving … Read more

A better Zoom experience with a Stream Deck

Since moving to a global and work-from-home role, about a year ago, I’ve been using Zoom a lot. I spend around 4-5 hours a day in sessions. While I always try to give my full attention to the conversation, there are times that I’ll be multi-tasking: taking notes, re-reading an email thread on the subject, reaching out to other colleagues on the subject, etc. Plus, it always bothered me to be staring at a person for a few seconds, after already having said bye, because you need to find the Zoom window and exit. 😉

I started to look Read more

IP Address Management with vRealize Network Insight

vRealize Network Insight knows all and see all that’s happening within a network. Due to the search engine and the ability to pull out any data on the infrastructure, new use cases pop up now and then. Lately, I’ve been approached by a few organizations that are using Network Insight as an IP Address Management (IPAM) system, or to complete their existing IPAM system and compare and contrast it to the live infrastructure.

Here are a few examples: checking whether which IP addresses are free in a particular IP range. Comparing the IPAM registrations to the IP addresses that are Read more

Secure Logging from vRealize Network Insight

By default, the syslog capability in vRealize Network Insight only supports UDP on port 514, sending the messages in cleartext. It’s important to have Network Insight send its logs somewhere, though, as they can be useful when troubleshooting Network Insight itself.

To be clear, these logs contain information about the Network Insight platform and collector appliances. Logs on processing incoming data, errors when the collector is unable to connect to a data source (vCenter, switch, NSX, router, etc.). If you’re looking for logs on network changes (the network that Network Insight monitors), look at the System and User-Defined EventsRead more

Adding 100 Switches to vRealize Network Insight in 20 minutes

Adding a bunch of data sources to vRealize Network Insight can be tedious, especially when the number of data sources goes into the 100s. This is one of the reasons why PowervRNI exists, and it’s been helping organizations to add their entire network infrastructure to Network Insight in 1 go.

There’s an example script in the PowervRNI GitHub repository called datasource-bulk-import.ps1, that allows you to add data sources of all types in bulk. To make getting started a little easier, I’ve recorded a video that focuses on adding 100 Cisco Nexus 5K switches to Network Insight in roughly 20 … Read more

My 2019 in books

I like to read, and I learn better using books. This is why I always go through as many books as I can in a year. Goodreads keeps track for me, and in 2019, the tally was 43. Every year, I do an internal review of these books, but certain people convinced me just to post this. Here are my top picks!

Growth

I know, such a generic title. Basically, these are non-fiction books that I’ve used to extract learnings from and use in daily work or personal life.

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