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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Networking | 0 comments

Cisco SG500X Switch is Amazing

One of the struggles I’ve experienced in having a home lab is finding 10 Gbps capable switches that meet the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor).  The challenge is finding a switch that will not break the bank while not sounding like an aircraft taking off in my house.  My primary purpose for using a 10 Gb switch was for VSAN.  Coming off a 1 Gb network, it was clear that I could saturate a link…which is rather geeky cool.

I started off with the Dell 6248 which had 2 x 2 port 10 Gb expansion cards and it really only met half the WAF score.  It was a bit of an odd switch but it worked and served its purpose.  The issue I had with this switch is it was loud, in fact, louder than my 4 node Dell C6100 servers.

I went on a quest looking for a layer 3 switch that had at least 4 x 10 Gbps ports that sounded more like an angel and less like Gilbert Gottfried.  I spent more time than I’d like to admit looking for the king of home lab switches but the outcome was well worth it.

 

The winner is the Cisco SG500X switch!  (The full name being SG500X-24-K9-NA).  The Cisco SG500X is the maverick of home lab switches!  It was hard to find something switch couldn’t do.

Price – $650-$700 used eBay SG500X-24-K9 / $1050 new NewEgg

Noise – Quitter than my servers!

Features – A lot! Check out Cisco SG500X-24 24-Port GB with 4-Port 10-GB Stackable Managed Switch

WAF Score – A+

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Automation, Compute, DevOps, Infrastructure, Management, Networking, Security | 0 comments

Version Updates – What’s New?

code release

In a word…Everything!

Big release day for VMware engineering yesterday.  Great work guys!

 

VMware vSphere 6.0n (ESXi, vCenter)

6
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.x
6.1.0
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Automation 6.x
6.2.1
12-Mar-15
VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6.x
6.0.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Advanced\Enterprise 8.x
8.2.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Standard 6.x
6.1.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Business Standard 6.x for vSphere
6.1
12-Mar-15
vRealize Code Stream 1.x
1.1.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Infrastructure Navigator 5.x
5.8.4
12-Mar-15
vRealize Operations Manager 5.x
5.8.5
12-Mar-15
VMware vCloud Networking and Security
5.5.4
12-Mar-15
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware Virtual SAN 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere Replication 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
VMware Integrated Open Stack
1
12-Mar-15
VMware View 6.x
6.1
12-Mar-15
VMware Horizon Client for Windows 3.x
3.3
12-Mar-15
VMware Workspace Portal 2.x
2.1.1
12-Mar-15
VMware App Volumes 2.x
2.6
12-Mar-15
VMware vSphere PowerCLI 6.x
6
12-Mar-15
vRealize Orchestrator Active Directory plugin
2.0.0
12-Mar-15
vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Automation plugin
6.2.1
12-Mar-15

 

 

Thanks to Amy C for the compiled list!

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Networking | 0 comments

Why Software Defined Networking Will Win

I recently read a rather amusing article in Business Insider about how Cisco is going to ‘have fun’ beating VMware.

You can read it here: Business Insider article link

The problem is history is not on John Chambers side:

Sun to NSX

 

Time will tell who wins this war, but if the article’s sole comment can provide some foreshadowing:

comment

 

Well said ‘mickmcgoo’.  Well said.

 

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Networking | 0 comments

NSX in the home lab

nsx

I worked on a customer POC this week along side of our NSX specialist and was really looking forward to documenting the install and posting a very comprehensive guide to a home lab install.  Too late!  I stumbled on routetocloud.com and realized it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Kudos to Roie Haim, one of our PSO consultants.  If you’re going to be doing any work with NSX, his site is a must-read.  http://www.routetocloud.com/.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Infrastructure, Networking | 0 comments

Increasing the number vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) Uplink Ports

“Call “HostNetworkSystem.UpdateNetworkConfig” for object “networkSystem-27” on vCenter Server “vCenter” failed.  Network configuration change disconnected the host ‘x.x.x.x’ from vCenter server and has been rolled back.  A change in the network configuration disconnected the host ‘x.x.x.x’ from vCenter Server. The change has been rolled back.”

Let me guess, were you adding a host to a vDS and all of sudden you received this cryptic message?  If so, you may have ran out of vDS uplink ports. You may be reflecting on why you were so ungenerous to my vDS uplink port allocation in the first place?  Unfortunately I can’t answer that but I can tell you how to fix it!

Running out of vDS uplink ports will put the breaks on adding anymore hosts to your vDS.  However,  it is down right embarrassing when you find out that you can’t increase the number of ports through vCenter.  This bad boy parameter is all grayed.  WHAT!

vds1

 

When this occurred to me, I made a mad rush to Google and realized I couldn’t locate any steps to increase the number of uplink ports.  I was disappointed when I came to realization that I was the only stingy vDS uplink port allocator on the entire World Wide Web.  Or maybe I am just inefficient with my Google search engine expressions.

Regardless, I captured below on how you can get out of this sticky situation:

  1. In a web browser, go to http://vCenterServer-ip-address/mob/
  2. When prompted, enter your vCenter Server username and password.
  3. Click the content link.
  4. In the left pane, search for the row with the word rootFolder.
  5. Open the link in the right pane of the row. The link is similar to group-d1 (Datacenters).
  6. In the left pane, search for the row with the word childEntity. In the right pane, you see a list of datacenter links.  Click the datacenter link where the vDS is defined.
  7. In the left pane, search for the row with the word networkFolder, and open the link in the right pane. The link is similar to group-n (network).
  8. In the left pane, search for the row with the word childEntity. You see a list of vDS and distributed port group links in the right pane.  Select the dvportgroup that is for the Uplink.  
  9. In the left pane, search for the row with the word config, and click the link in the right pane.
  10. In the left pane, search for the row with the word configVersion. It is normally the first row.  WRITE THIS NUMBER DOWN!
  11. Go back one page and select ReconfigureDVPortgroup_Task
  12. Delete the contents that you see under Value and replace it with the syntax below.  Fill in configVersion with what was captured in Step 10.  The field for numPorts is what you want to increase the number of uplink ports to.

    <spec><configVersion>0</configVersion><numPorts>20</numPorts></spec>

  13. Select Invoke Method
  14. Optionally, if you don’t trust what you just did, scroll up and select the config link and see if your numPorts field increased
  15. You will notice that if you go back into vCenter, the number of Uplink ports will be reflected.  However, don’t get too excited yet.  You’re not out of the woods until you have restarted the vCenter Server.

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