NSX Edges and DRS Rules

On December 2, 2016, in NSX, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

I am currently working for a large enterprise customer on a NSX Deployment. We have designed and implemented the following high level setup based based on the customers requirements. The NSX Network topology looks like this: As you can see we have various NSX components belonging to two different environments. * Production * Management Each […]

 

My PSOD’s are finally gone!!!

On September 19, 2016, in Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hi everyone, A few months ago I bought a new powerful lab computer and I was very happy with it and I wrote an article about it as well. I finished building this monster lab PC the 16th May 2016. I was all happy and started to build my lab with some nested ESX hosts […]

 

Logical Design components and the Logical Compute Design

On September 12, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

So this is the part where we need to create Logical Designs. A typical virtual infrastructure has three main components. Compute, Network and Storage. For all these three components a Logical design needs to be created. All three of these logical design components will have to be described in the overall architectural design document. The […]

 

The Logical Design vs The Physical Design and mapping services and infrastructure to understand impact

On September 6, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

A logical design is a high level design that does not provide a great level of detail. The focus will be to show that the design factors are satisfied, but without the detail of how this satisfaction is exactly happening. It does not explain any solutions, vendors, protocols, technologies or products. The logical design can […]

 

VCDX Design Factors – Gathering Information, Defining Requirements and Identify Risks, Constraints and Assumptions

On September 5, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, Infrastructure, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In my previous blog post I have been talking about the different design factors that influence the design decisions made throughout an architectural design. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. In this article I am going to talk about how to determine these design factor elements […]

 

VCDX Design Terminology

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

It is very important to know the terminology when you create a VCDX Design and also know what the meaning is of this. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. Some of the “key terms” used in design terminology are: 1) Requirements 2) Constraints 3) Assumptions 4) […]

 

Components of a VCDX design

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In order to create a VCDX design it is good to know what components are needed to create one. A VCDX design is more then just one diagram. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. From my point of view the following components are needed as a […]

 

Designers vs Administrators

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Designers have a different set of skills as the administrators. VMware reflects this in the type of certifications it is offering. VCAP-Design is a certification track that focusses on the design architecture. VCAP-Deploy is a certification track that focusses on the implementation and administration. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that […]

 

Manually installing a (persistent) Firewall Rule to allow IPFIX on the ESX Host

On August 25, 2016, in Network Management, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey, I have been playing around with vRNI last week and before I am going to write an article about some use cases and about the features I am first going to tell you what I had to do to actually make it work. Detailed steps for this exercise are found on my wiki because […]

 

Identity Based Firewalling and perquisites needed for NSX 6.2.3 and prior to NSX 6.2.3

On August 11, 2016, in Infrastructure, NSX, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Last week I needed to implement Identity based Firewalling for one of my customers. There are plenty of good blogs on how to do this like here, here, here and I even created a video about it myself here. For some reason I could not get it to work… This is the reason why. Prior to NSX 6.2.3. […]

 

PowerNSX: NSX Security Tags, Security Groups, Distributed Firewall Sections and Distributed Firewall Rules with external CSV files

On August 5, 2016, in NSX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Last week I blogged about how to get started with PowerNSX. Reason for me to dive into the wonderful world of PowerNSX was because I needed to implement Application Fencing. More about Application Fencing can be found here and here. The whole purpose of implementing Application Fencing is to get visibility what VM / Application is […]

 

Communication Channel Health Check showing down / down

On August 4, 2016, in VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In NSX 6.2 it is possible to do a “Communication Channel Health Check” to see if the NSX manager the Control Plane Agent + Firewall agent connections are “healthy” and up and running. I encountered a problem in my lab environment where I had the problem that both the Plane Agent and the Firewall agent […]

 

Getting started with vSphere PowerShell PowerCLI and PowerNSX – PowerShell extensions for NSX

Last week figured out how to script vSphere related stuff with Python. This week it is time for something new… how can we “script” vSphere stuff using PowerShell and how can we script NSX related stuff in particular. So this is a list of steps (if you are really getting started) that you need to […]

 

Getting started with vSphere and python scripting (pyVmomi)

On July 27, 2016, in Data Center, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

During one of my engagements as a Professional Services Consultant I needed to upgrade a vSphere 5.1 environment to vSphere 6. Detailed steps for this exercise are found on my wiki because I believe this can be better documented in wiki format. Not really exciting when you have enough hosts available to play with. But […]

 

Starting my VCDX-NV journey

On July 22, 2016, in Design & Architecture, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

As most of you know for the last couple of years I have been a “networking guy”. Three years ago I suddenly got interested in Virtualization technology and mainly Network Virtualization. One of the commercial products for Network Virtualization is VMware NSX. In my journey learning about NSX I have created a very useful Video […]

 

The products used in the Cisco Data Center Architecture

On March 27, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, Storage, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

  Today’s blog post will be about “the products used in the Cisco Data Center Architecture”. In my previous blog post I explained the Cisco Data Center Architecture and this architecture is build with different components/hardware. Every piece of hardware is there for a reason, because the equipment list of the CCIE Data Center track […]

CCIE Datacenter exam now officially announced

On March 20, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, Infrastructure, Personal, Storage, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

SO I woke up this morning very early and did the usual Facebook and Twitter read in bed and there it was … The CCIE Datacenter track has officially be announced. More information can be found on the website of Cisco itself of course. To summarize,: the Written CCIE Datacenter exam will have exam number […]

Installing Cisco Secure Access Server 4.2 (CSA) in VMware

On December 30, 2010, in Certification, Security, Virtualisation, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

As Part of the CCIE Wireless lab we also need to have a CSA Server (besides the CWS server). The actual CSA software (also known as Cisco ACS) can run on a machine with Windows 2003/SP  as underlying Operating system. I am currently using a Virtual Machine that runs Windows 2003/SP2 with all latest security […]

My job profile and the Cisco Datacenters

As many people ask my (including my dad) what I am actually doing (work related) I decided to write a blog post about this. I am currently working for Cisco Systems in The Netherlands for the NDCS organisation in the DCNI departement. NDCS stands for “Network Data Center Services” and DCNI stands for “Data Center […]

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IPv6 with dynamic routing and redistribution – RIPng and OSPFv3

On October 3, 2010, in Certification, Design & Architecture, Routing, Service Provider, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Last year I did a project for school about IPv6 and the IPv6 dynamic routing protocols and redistributing these. Before you read this article or going to try the stuff on dynamips later on it is wise to know a little bit about IPv6 and it’s background. Maybe a wise thing is to read THIS […]

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ISP MPLS core design I (with OSPF and BGP) — complete with config files and dynamips .net file

On October 3, 2010, in Certification, Routing, Service Provider, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Due to my overall expierience with POC testing (Proof Of Concept testing) I wanted to build a solid basis to test some networking features in the future. I came up with designing and building a few template networks where I can do all of the testing that I am going to preform in the future. […]

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Full configuration files for the GNS3/Vmware CCIE Voice 3.0 Lab

On October 2, 2010, in Certification, Virtualisation, Voice Over IP, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In my last post I told you about the CCIE Voice 3.0 lab that I am building. Well as I will keep refering to this diagram–>   ccie-voice-vmware-gns3-diagram-1.0 just make a print of this and keep this as a hardcopy. Today I will be showing you my configuration for all of the sites that are in the […]

Diagram for CCIE Voice 3.0 preperation with Vmware and Dynamips/GNS3

On October 2, 2010, in Certification, Design & Architecture, Virtualisation, Voice Over IP, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

This is my first step in preparation of the CCIE Voice 3.0 Lab Exam. I’ve created a diagram for the lab that I am building based on Vmware and Dynamips/GNS3. This setup is based on the tutorial of the various blog posts that the guys behind BLINDHOG has been writing. I will write more in […]

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