Creating a new VPC on AWS – Walkthrough

August 25, 2017

I’ve recently been working towards AWS certification – and took the first step in passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam a few weeks ago. After a short break I now aim to take the Professional cert later in the year – as such I’ll be putting some articles together covering some of the […]

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Deploying a Secondary Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM

March 22, 2016

I recently wrote about deploying the Cisco n1000v switch in a vSphere 5.5 environment. That post covered the initial deployment and configuration tasks. This post picks up where I left off, and will go over how to add a secondary VSM to add redundancy to the n1000v deployment. Deploying a secondary VSM is very similar […]

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Deploying Nexus 1000v Switch on vSphere 5.5

February 22, 2016

In this post I will cover how to deploy the Cisco n1000v switch on vSphere 5.5 – including the initial deployment of the switch appliance, some initial configuration, followed by deployment of a second VSM to make the deployment highly available. If you’re still reading then you likely already know what the n1000v is and […]

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Etherchannel – Link Aggregation Modes on Cisco Switches

February 9, 2016

This post is a bit of a departure from the usual topics covered on this site, but there’s a good reason, as I’m currently studying to renew my Cisco ‘CCNP’ certification. One of the study topics covers etherchannels and the various ways in which they can be configured. I’m not going to cover what an […]

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AAA – Configuring Authentication on Cisco Devices

January 17, 2016

As the title suggests, this post will take a look at configuring AAA on Cisco switches, which is another of the CCNP Switch objectives. To start off, what is AAA? It stands for Authentication, Authorization and Accounting, and is essentially a framework for controlling access to resources, and auditing that access. Authorization is about identifying […]

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Deploying a Highly Available Platform Services Controller Topology – Part 3 – Configuring Citrix Netscaler

January 15, 2016

This post follows on from my recent posts on configuring highly available Platform Services Controllers. By the end of my previous post on this, I had deployed two platform services controllers, configured as a subordinate CA, and configured with the VMware HA scripts. The next step is to configure the external load balancer to provide […]

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VCP-NV: Troubleshooting NSX Controllers and ESXi Connectivity

June 9, 2015

This post  is the last part of my series of posts looking at the VCP-NV objectives. This one will look at some of the tools and commands you can use to help troubleshoot an NSX implementation, starting with looking at some of the commands and tools than can help with troubleshooting NSX controllers, then moving […]

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VCP-NV: Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation

June 2, 2015

This post will look at some of the ways in which you can monitor a NSX implementation, along with some of the features NSX provides to help you. As with my previous post on administering NSX logging, there are a number of different places where various NSX components can be monitored, such as the vSphere […]

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VCP-NV: Administer Logging on VMware NSX

May 15, 2015

There are a lot of components in an NSX implementation, so as a consequence there are a lot of places where you can set up logging for the various parts of the solution to help aid troubleshooting.  This post will look at how to configure logging in NSX, with some examples thrown in of what […]

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VCP-NV: Backup and Recover Configurations

March 31, 2015

NSX has a lot of moving parts, and a lot of time and effort goes into its configuration, so fortunately it also makes it easy to backup and restore that configuration. I’ll look at how to backup NSX Manager, Service Composer, Distributed Firewall rules and the distributed vSwitch in this post. I’ll start by looking […]

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