darrylcauldwell.com On a journey around the datacenter and public cloud.

NSX Backup and Restore

As part of study for VCIX-NV I’ve given myself task of exploring in my new home lab all parts of NSX which I don’t use at work. One of these things is NSX Backup and Restore, its not that we don’t use these function but that its relatively high impacting if it goes wrong. To investigate this I came up with a list of networking configuration to test backup and restore of and the steps to I followed to perform each backup and restore type.

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NSX Activity Monitoring

As part of study for VCIX-NV I’ve given myself task of exploring all parts of NSX which I don’t use at work. One of these things is NSX Activity Monitoring,  to investigate this I came up with a test scenario and then worked through the steps to achieve a solution to meet the scenario design.

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Create VMware Virtual Machine Templates

When creating virtual machine templates I’d like to do this consistently as such I’ll try and keep this post up to date with the settings I am including.

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NSX-V, vRealize, All-Flash VSAN Homelab

As VMware add more products to its suite its more difficult to run a suitable homelab to host them. With this I aim to describe the steps I followed to create my current homelab.

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vSphere 6, VSAN & NSX 6.2 Homelab In The Public Cloud

Over the last few years the suite of products which VMware offer has grown its made it less practical to obtain and run enough hardware for a home learning lab. At the same time the cloud promises access to resources on demand and paid for as consumed. I came across Ravello who offer a unique proposition, namely running nested ESXi on public cloud.  They are able to achieve this as they have written an abstraction layer called HPX which offers nested virtualisation engine, a software defined network and a storage overlay. The solution is pay as you use, and so seems potentially the ideal way to run my homelab cloudlab.

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