TagPowervRNI

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

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

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

PowervRNI 1.7: What’s New?

Version 1.7 of PowervRNI was released yesterday, and this post covers what’s new in this version. If you’re not familiar with PowervRNI, it is a PowerShell module that you can use to manage vRealize Network Insight. From adding data sources & applications, to retrieve data from it, such a network flows, PowervRNI covers most of the public API endpoints of Network Insight.

What’s New?

A bunch! First off, it has been updated to support the new data sources and API calls that have been added in Network Insight 5.0. Second, I’ve added a few backlog items. I’ll … Read more

Integrating ServiceNow with Network Insight

In a previous post, Integrating vRealize Automation with Network Insight, I covered how greenfield applications can be automatically pushed into vRealize Network Insight to provide application context with the analytics of Network Insight. This post is about importing brownfield into Network Insight to get insights into the behavior of your existing applications. Specifically, importing CMDB information from ServiceNow.

Disclaimer: This is something I built, it is not officially supported by VMware.

CMDB

In the case of existing applications, your Configuration Management Database (CMDB) should be your source of truth. There are a lot of CMDB products out there, … Read more

Using PowervRNI to connect to Network Insight SaaS

VMware is pretty heavily invested in the cloud. Not only to manage your cloud environments, but also products as Software-as-a-Service offerings, next to the regular on-premises offerings. At the time of this post, there are 19 VMware products that you can purchase via the SaaS model. This is a variation between models like VMware Cloud on AWS where you get an Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Network Insight where you get the product hosted in the cloud.

Network Insight SaaS

So there’s a SaaS version of Network Insight. Effectively, this means that the Platform (the user-interface and data repository) is hosted in the … Read more

Using PowervRNI to configure SNMP settings on data sources

Version 1.2 of PowervRNI was just released and it contains 2 new cmdlets: 

  • Get-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig
  • Set-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig

You can use these cmdlets to see and update SNMP configuration on specific data sources. All Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, and Juniper devices are data sources where SNMP can be enabled for richer data collection. This basically turns on interface counter collections, so you can have pretty graphs like this: 

Examples

To give you an idea of how to use these new cmdlets, check out the examples below. Of course, there is also documentation available in the module itself, viewable via the Get-Help cmdlet. 

Get-vRNIDataSourceSNMPConfig

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