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VMwareNSX

In this blog post, I will cover section 1 objective 1.2 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 1.2 – Prepare Host Clusters for Network Virtualization

  • Prepare vSphere Distributed Switching for NSX
  • Prepare a cluster for NSX
    • Add/Remove Hosts from cluster
  • Configure the appropriate teaming policy for a given implementation
  • Configure VXLAN Transport parameters according to a deployment plan

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VMwareNSX

In this blog post, I will cover section 1 objective 1.1 of the VCAP6-NV Deploy exam.

Objective 1.1 – Deploy VMware NSX Infrastructure components

  • Deploy the NSX Manager virtual appliance
  • Integrate the NSX Manager with vCenter Server
    • Configure Single Sign On
    • Specify a Syslog Server
  • Implement and Configure NSX Controllers
  • Exclude virtual machines from firewall protection according to a deployment plan

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There are few things in IT that are worse than needing to recover some data and realizing that you don’t have a proper backup of it. Well, good thing for me, this only happened in my home lab and not at my day job. I suffered a power outage during some recent bad weather and one of my management VMs, the VM that had everything that I use to manage my home lab, decided it wasn’t going to come back up. Oh how I wish I had a backup of that VM so that I didn’t have to spend hours getting it back to where it was before the crash. So, I decided I needed to get something in place so that this wouldn’t happen again. Veeam…to the rescue! I’ve used Veeam before at my previous job as our primary backup tool but it never hit me to try it in my lab because I also remember the cost! And for a small home lab it just wasn’t feasible. But then I realized that Veeam gives a NFR license to vExperts…..say no more! In this blog I will go through the install for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5. Read Full Article

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Over the past several months, I have really taken a interest in…..THE CLOUD!

With all the talks about automation this and automation that…I figured it was about time for me to jump on board and start learning. More and more these days, businesses are taking advantage of a hybrid cloud model for their data center.

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I’ve always liked to position myself to be valuable and with the rapid speed that NSX and vRealize Automation are going forward with, I needed to stay on top of both products. So taking advantage of the resources in my homelab, I deployed a vRealize Automation environment and integrated NSX with it to begin my studies about the product. Let me start by saying that vRA is MASSIVE. The possibilities really are endless with what you can do with it. One thing I found out soon in my studies was that there really aren’t a lot of good books on vRA 7. The best one that I found also came with the best price….FREE! As a wonderful service to the community, Jen Soldner, Dr. Guido Soeldner, and Dr. Constantin Soeldner created a online copy of the Mastering vRealize Automation 7.1 book that they wrote. This, along with the Eric Shanks’ PluralSight course, got me to a good start at learning the product.

So after months of reading, breaking and fixing the product in my lab, and some late nights studying….I’m proud to say that I passed the VCP6-CMA exam at VMworld US 2017. Now on to the next cert…I’m thinking VCAP6-NV Deploy or AWS. Who knows….maybe both!