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

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

NOTE: This post is outdated, please refer to the post: Introducing the Stream Deck Plugin for Zoom

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 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

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