I am excited to introduce PowervRNI to the world! In the 3.6 release of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) in November, there was a public API added. Through this API, you can offload certain tedious tasks like creating applications and managing data sources. I was using the private API for a couple of things already, like importing data sources. With the release of the public API, I could move those things to use the public (and supported) API. Ever since then, I’ve been working on PowervRNI.
I’ve been rolling out quite a few vRealize Network Insight deployments (labs, Proof-of-Concepts) and while the installation of NI is a cake walk (see automated installer here), add the data sources can be time consuming if you have a bunch of switches and/or other data sources which need to be imported.
The good people of vRealize Network Insight made the OVAs of Network Insight 3.2 Import-vApp safe, which means you can now install it with PowerCLI!
Network Insight consists of two VMs; the Platform VM and the Proxy VM. The setup process looks like this:
- Deploy Network Insight Platform OVA to vSphere
- Browse to the Platform UI and:
- Active your license,
- Generate a Shared Secret for use in the Proxy VM deployment.
- Deploy Network Insight Proxy OVA to vSphere
- Login to the Platform UI and start adding data sources and consume all the goodness that is Network Insight!
Having to deploy … Read more
One of the great things of all network virtualization solutions, is that they can be automated using some form of API that they publish. Cisco ACI is no different and offers a RESTful API which you can consume to do stuff on the network. Well, it’s a ‘sort-of’ RESTful API, as they only seem to use GET and POST functions, no DELETE, PUT, etc. Instead to delete an object, you do a POST with the status ‘deleted’. Anyway, details.
An existing vShield environment can be upgraded to a full NSX environment, as described in my VCIX post “Upgrade VMware NSX Components”. All vShield components can be upgraded, except for one; vShield Data Security.
The documentation states: NSX Data Security does not support a direct upgrade. You must uninstall the current Data Security software before upgrading to NSX Manager. After NSX Manager is upgraded, you can install NSX Data Security version 6.0. If you upgraded to NSX Manager without uninstalling Data Security, you must do so using a REST call.
A few days ago, someone came to me with … Read more
This post is part of my VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide and goes into the possibilities and some specifics of the NSX API.
- Deploy and successfully authenticate an REST API client
- Construct and execute an API call using correct syntax and formatting
- Analyze, modify, and successfully retrieve configuration data using an existing API call
The NSX Platform management is an open door. Through the NSX API you can deploy and configure all the different components. The API is used by third party vendors to deliver … Read more