Author Archives: Matthieu Braga

VSPHERE 6 – vRealize Orchestrator Upgrade

The last in this series of posts surrounding the lab upgrade to vSphere 6.0 will be for vRealize Orchestrator. This component disappeared from view in my web client following the upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0u1, which was expected from prior inspection of the compatibility matrix at https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php. We are going to need to get this… Read More »

vSphere 5.5 Storage Policies

A big push of VMware in the past couple of years has been policy based EVERYTHING. With the move towards automating every aspect of the implementation process, from storage to compute to networking, it seems that object metadata (tags) and policy associations are going to continue to play a bigger role in every tool set… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – ESXi Upgrade

At this point in my home lab, I have got vCenter, Update Manager, and vSphere Replication all upgraded to vSphere 6. Finally, it’s time for the upgrade of ESXi! Having the hosts up to 6.0u1 is necessary for all of the really cool things that are part of vSphere 6, including vSAN 6.1 and the… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vSphere Replication Upgrade

Things are looking good after upgrading vCenter at both of my home labs to version 6.0. The process I followed for this was outlined in my previous post here. However since upgrading vCenter to 6.0, I have lost my ability to monitor and configure my vSphere Replication workflows. Per the VMware product compatibility matrix at… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vCenter Upgrade

I had the opportunity last week to take part in a VMware sponsored Social Lab on VSAN 6.1 (HOL 1608). These are essentially instructor led Hand on Labs, with an appointed SME from VMware present to give some back ground material on the subject matter, as well as answer any questions during the lab. I… Read More »

NSX – Lab Design

I thought it would be worthwhile to document how my lab is setup for the basis of these NSX blogs.  Here is a quick diagram of how the lab currently looks, it being actually two labs across two locations so that I can test the various VPN and other cross site functionalities in the product.… Read More »

NSX – Edge Services – IPsec VPN

I have been a big fan of OpenSSL on the Linux platform, and have used it for many years to set up encrypted site-to-site VPN connections between locations. This usually entails me settings up a CentOS server at each location, dropping the latest rev of OpenSSL on each, and setting up the connections via hub… Read More »

NSX – Upgrade Process – 6.1.4 -> 6.2.0

In this post, I will be covering the process of upgrading NSX 6.1.4 to the newly released version 6.2.0. The lab requiring the update is running vCenter 5.5 Build 2442329, with two ESXi hosts running 5.5 U2 Build 2638301. Most of the really cool improvements I saw at VMworld 2015 surrounding version 6.2 (cross site… Read More »

NSX – Edge Services – SSL VPN

The SSL VPN service for remote client connections is a pretty cool feature of the NSX Edge Gateway. The service can be setup to granularly allow specific internet networks to be presented back to the connecting client, can be configured to authenticate against AD/LDAP, and is all around a much easier approach than configuring SSH… Read More »

NSX – Edge Services – DHCP

There are many add on network services offered by the Edge Gateway appliance. DNS, DHCP, Client SSL-VPN, stretched L2 SSL-VPN, IPSEC-VPN, and basic load balancing to name a few. I have to admit it is pretty cool to have all these network services neatly bundled into a single appliance! I am in process of migrating… Read More »