• vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 5 – Creating Reservations

      The final step in the deployment and setup process for vRA is to create a Reservation. A reservation allows you to allocate a set or subset of fabric group resources to a business group.   Before creating a Reservation, Network Profiles will need to be created. Navigate to Infrastructure -> Network Profiles. Click on New and select a routed, external, or nat profile. I have configured a few different networks: One VLAN backed external network, and three routed logical vxlan networks. Specify a name, DNS, the network ranges (Starting and ending IP). It’s also possible to come back to […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 4 – Creating Fabric Groups and Business Groups

      The next step in the vRA deployment process is to create both Fabric Groups and Business Groups. Fabric Groups are a way to group compute resources through the selections of vCenter Clusters. Business Groups are the mapping of the users to certain set of resources and services, usually this is in the form of a business unit.   Both of these steps are required in order to be able to move forward and create blueprints in vRA.   To set up a Fabric group, log into vRA with the tenant admin and navigate to Infrastructure -> Endpoints -> Fabric […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 3 – Configuring Endpoints – vCenter, orchestrator and NSX

      The next step for configuring vRA is to configure the endpoints. I will be going through the integration for Orchestrator, vCenter and NSX. Note: If you configure the orchestrator endpoint, then the vCenter endpoint, the NSX endpoint will be configured automatically. I didn’t realize this at first, but found this information out from Michael Rudloff’s blog. Step 1. Log into the vRA appliance via SSH and run the following command to start the vco-configurator.   vra:~ # /etc/init.d/vco-configurator start Starting tcServer Using CATALINA_BASE:   /var/lib/vco/configuration Using CATALINA_HOME:   /opt/pivotal/pivotal-tc-server-standard/tomcat-8.5.4.B.RELEASE Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /var/lib/vco/configuration/temp Using JRE_HOME:        /usr/java/jre-vmware Using […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 2 – Configuring Tenants and Users

    After the initial installation of vRealize Automation, you will need to configure the Tenants. Log into the vRA portal with the administrator account, and navigate to Administration -> Tenants. The default tenant is vSphere.local, which I will be using for my configuration. However, if you want to create a new tenant, click the New button.     Provide a Name, Description, URL name, and contact email (optional). Click Submit and Next when complete.     Search for your user, and add to both Tenant and IaaS administrators. Click Finish.     Finally, log out of vRA, and log in with […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 1 – Installing the components

      vRealize Automation has great integration with NSX to help automate the deployment of networking and security services for applications. Imagine being able to drag and drop NSX virtual networks, routed networks, security groups, security tags, load balancers and more onto a Design canvas to provide a consistent, automated, self provisioned portal for your users or customers. This is now a reality when using both of the solutions together! Here is a teaser screenshot of the drag and drop canvas.     If you want to read more on the integration, please see the vRA and NSX Solution Overview.   […]

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  • NSX Application Rule Manager

    Application Rule Manager is a new feature in NSX 6.3 that allows you to quickly microsegment out application workloads with the distributed firewall. Through the tool you can quickly create both Security Groups and DFW rules after viewing the live flow analysis.   To get started, navigate to the Flow Monitoring section in the web client, and then click on the Application Rule Manager tab.     Click on Start New Session. Provide a Session Name, and then select the Virtual Machines (and their vNICs) that you would like to monitor for flows. You can select up to 30 vNICs […]

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  • Endpoint Monitoring in NSX 6.3

      As of NSX 6.3, Activity monitoring is no long supported and has been deprecated. When navigating to the Activity Monitoring section, the following warning will be displayed.     Activity Monitoring has been replaced by Endpoint monitoring which is a lot more powerful and allows you to map specific processes inside the guest OS to the network connections the processes are using. This allows you to be able to operationalize NSX much faster!   There are a few prerequisites before you can use Endpoint monitoring: Install Guest Introspection and ensure VMware tools is running and up to date. Note: […]

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  • vRealize Network Insight introduction and Installation

      Quick Intro to vRNI   In June of 2016 VMware acquired a company called Arkin Net and named the product vRealize Network Insight. It didn’t take long for a nickname to emerge from the acronym in the form of “vernie.” This nickname has got some great rebranding from customers and employees ranging from “Weekend at vernies” to the picture below.     There are a couple of version of vRNI, an assessment which can be performed by your local SE or partner reseller and a full version which is an add on to NSX licensing. You can also play […]

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  • Upgrading NSX 6.2.2 to NSX 6.3 – Part 3

      This is the third and final part of the upgrade series. If you haven’t completed the first two parts, please refer to the following links.   Part 1 – Upgrading NSX Manager Part 2 – Upgrading Controllers and Host Clusters   The final few steps that need to be completed during the upgrade are below.   Change VXLAN port (Optional) Upgrade NSX Edges and DLRs Upgrade Guest Introspection Check with Partner Vender if using third party service insertion Complete Post-Upgrade Checklist   Let’s start with changing the VXLAN port. This is an optional step that doesn’t have to be […]

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  • Upgrading NSX 6.2.2 to NSX 6.3 – Part 2

      After completing the upgrade of the NSX Manager, you will need to upgrade the NSX Controller Cluster and Host Clusters. As mentioned previously, I would recommend all steps be completed during a maintenance window.   To upgrade the controller cluster, log into the vSphere Client and navigate to Installation -> Management. You will see my cluster has an “Upgrade Available” link on the right hand side of the pane, and the Upgrade Status says “Not Started”     When you are ready to upgrade, click on the link, and select Yes.     Before you start the upgrade, there […]

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