Do you need to know Network Virtualization ?

06/03/2017

Why NV?

20170304-01I recently took the VMware Certified Professional 6 Network Virtualization Exam. Preparation for a technical exam like one of the available VCP exams takes a lot of your free time, so why choose this one?
In recent years, I increasingly encountered the product NSX Manager, usually in VDI deployments with endpoint protection products like McAfee Move, Trend Micro Deep Security, to name a few. And while working on the upgrade of a VMware View environment, also comes the question, how to handle the endpoint protection part; How do we upgrade these components?
In the concept of the SDDC, besides the well known Compute and Memory providers, I consider Storage virtualization (like vSAN) and Network virtualization (NSX) as fundamental building blocks that should be part of your “basic” VMware knowledge.
I also noticed that VMware is doing a lot of promotion for the subject of micro-segmentation, and for a good reason.
So, I decided the time has come, to extend my knowledge. So where do you start? If you are on a VCP-DCV level, but cannot tell the difference between layer 2 and layer 3, I recommend start reading a book like “Networking for VMware Administrators” by Chris Wahl and Steve Pantol.
At that time, I was in between jobs with no budget, to attend regular VMware training courses like the “VMware NSX – Install, Configure and Manage” course.

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All Hands on Deck / VMware

19/02/2017

201701-01Although VMware is best known for its core virtualization product vSphere, it may not come as a surprise that since their first product releases, a lot has changed. Over the years, on top of this solid foundation, VMware built a “Software Defined Everything” stack (SDDC), a Cloud stack with all the Automation and Orchestration tools, Monitoring tools, an End User Compute environment etc. This has led to a very large number of VMware products.
As you are as curious as I am, product
data sheets and documentation maybe helpful, but the best way in my humble opinion is to download, install and try the bytes yourself.
In addition to options already there, VMware launched a new one; Product Walkthroughs. So time for an overview how to get familiar with these fine products.

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Build your own NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab for free

18/10/2016

I do not write this kind of posts very often, but the subject touches one of the most important parts of virtualization: Storage.
When your choice of storage is NetApp or you want to know more about managing NetApp, please read on.

How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab” is a free available guide, written by Neil Anderson at Flackbox.com. This almost 120 pages step-by-step guide walks you through the setup of a lab consisting of two NetApp ONTAP Clusters, including clients, routers, IP address tables etc. The best part, you can build the entire lab for free, all you need is a PC with preferable 16 GB of RAM (if you want to run ONTAP v8.2, 8 GB RAM will do).
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The lab outlined in the book is the same one, Neil uses for hands-on demonstrations which you can also find on www. flaxbox.com.

The guide can be downloaded for free at: http://www.flackbox.com/netapp-simulator/


VCP6-DTM exam – Section 5

17/10/2016

The VMware Certified Professional 6 — Desktop and Mobility Exam blueprint Section 5 is all about VMware Mirage. An overview of the various components, installation, configuration and common scenario’s. All these subjects are covered in the second last episode of this Study Guide. The final Section 6 is in preparation.

In the attachment, you will find the complete sections 1 to 5.

I hope you like this guide, and welcome your comments.

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VCP6-DTM exam – Section 4

29/09/2016

The fourth episode of what is going to be the Study Guide for the VMware Certified Professional 6 — Desktop and Mobility Exam. The remaining objectives are in preparation.

In the attachment, you will find the complete sections 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I hope you like this guide, and welcome your comments.

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VCP6-DTM exam – Section 3

04/09/2016

Appologies, it has been quite a long time since my previous post in this series. This had to do with work and personal circumstances. The good news is that I have continued working on this guide. The first result is this update which contains the first three Sections. The remaining objectives are in preparation. In the attachment, you will find the complete VCP6-DTM exam Section 1,2 and 3.

I hope you like this guide, and welcome your comments.

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VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam

14/05/2016

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Update 12-6-2016: The VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-623) is available for a short time, starting 15 June 2016. As the official post states, the exam will not be available in all regions. More information, blueprints and registration can be found here.

I recently stumbled upon the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta exam, probably the successor of the famous VCAP5-Data Center Administration exam. Passing this exam is the final step on your road to the VCAP6-DCV Deploy Certification. For more information about the requirements, have a look at this page.

In the past, I have written two Study guides to help you pass the VCAP5-DCA exam, being the VDCA510 (vSphere 5.1) and VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam. So with this new VCAP6 exam, let’s have a look at the changes.

So let us compare the objectives of this new VCAP6 with latest VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam.

First, the name of the exam and the certification has been changed; in VCAP6 it’s “Datacenter Virtualization Deployment” instead of “Data Center Administration

Second, I have always wondered why the objectives started with Storage- and Network Infrastructure, instead of the Infrastructure components (vCenter Server, ESXi etc.). This Exam Blueprint starts with “Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components”, which makes more sense to me.

It will be no surprise that the objectives have not been completely changed and contain many objectives found in previous editions. A brief overview of the objectives, where applicable a reference to the VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam has been made ( ==> <VDCA550 Objective>).

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