TagvRealize Network Insight

Deploying vRealize Network Insight via Ovftool

vRealize Network Insight used to have OVA properties that you could use to configure its network settings and desired login credentials, but since version 3.8, they changed the setup procedure to include the setup utility. Meaning you would have to log in to the console and configure it that way.

If you’re deploying Network Insight once and then start using, this is not much of an issue. But, there are people (like me) that deploy on a regular basis. That’s where logging into the console each time becomes a hassle, as it takes longer and it is more steps than … Read more

vRealize Network Insight 4.1 – What’s New – API Edition

While I have all new features and awesomeness of the new version of vRealize Network Insight; 4.1, covered in my official VMware blog post (still can’t believe I get to post there 😀 ), I thought I’d also cover what’s new in the API. As it’s quite a lot!

With Network Insight 4.1, the API version was updated to 1.1.1.

New Data Source Types

All the new data sources in 4.1 have also been made available in the API and all missing data sources from the 4.0 have also been added. This means you can add and otherwise manipulate F5 … Read more

Postman Collection for vRealize Network Insight APIs

When developing automation and using APIs, Postman is a very welcome tool. I use it to test out API calls and to make sure I format the calls correctly, before translating it to the code of whatever I’m working on.

Postman Collections are a library of API calls and all their available options for easy and quick access to every call you often use.

vRNI API

I’ve been using a half-baked Postman Collection for the API calls I’ve been doing to Network Insight, in order to develop PowervRNI and other things. It wasn’t complete by a long shot.

Earlier this … Read more

vRealize Network Insight 4.0 – Smaller Gems

Network Insight 4.0 was released today and it undeniably the biggest release they’re ever done. It’s packed with some huge features and a lot of small goodness.

While Karl has done an excellent job of describing the top features in this blog post, I’ll go through the somewhat smaller features which will make your life better. But first, here’s a quick recap of the major features:

  • Cisco ACI support to gain insight into the underlying topology
  • Standardized BGP-EVPN support as an underlay
  • F5 BIG-IP router support
  • Cisco ASA support
  • sFlow support for incoming network flows

Walkthroughs or “Self Service”

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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

Integrating vRealize Automation with Network Insight

In order to get a complete view of your network traffic flows between applications inside Network Insight, it should know things about your application stacks. This post will go into how to create an integration with vRealize Automation in order to get all new application stacks into Network Insight. This will happen on the moment that an application is deployed from a blueprint, instantly transferring info so every greenfield application will give context in Network Insight.

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

As you may know by now, Network Insight listens … Read more

Integrating vRealize Network Insight and Log Insight

Starting in version 3.8 of Network Insight, you can integrate vRealize Log Insight with Network Insight in order to get faster changes in the NSX environment.

Polling vs real-time data

Currently, the collector of Network Insight polls NSX every 10 minutes for changes in the entities (security groups, tags, firewall rules, etc). It will also back off when the NSX Manager has too much load, extending the polling period and give the NSX Manager some breathing room. While this is generally okay for troubleshooting scenarios, it should be improved significantly for monitoring purposes where you need real-time data.

Syslog

This … Read more

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