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NSX Distributed Firewall

My colleague Brad Hedlund has written a great introduction to the NSX Distributed Firewall. I wanted to share this with you before I start to dive into the technical and operational aspects of the NSX Distributed Firewall… http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2013/07/what-is-a-distributed-firewall.html

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VMworld 2014 Network Virtualization Sessions…

Some great sessions planned for VMworld…. With thanks to my colleague Bruno Germain for compiling this list…

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VMware Hands On Labs

VMWorld is just around the corner and a major attraction for techies is the onsite Hands On Labs. The labs presented demonstrate current and new VMware technologies in an interactive lab using “real” virtual on virtual lab environments.

The really neat thing about Hand On Labs is that about a month after VMWorld Barcelona wraps up, all of the Hands On Labs are available for general consumption… For free! Anytime you want to take a tour of a specific VMware technology, just go to http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/

So today, VMWorld 2013  HOL labs are available including NSX specific labs, and in a few months time this site will be updated with the VMWorld 2014 Hands On Labs. Enjoy!

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OSPF Area Conversion

vSphere NSX supports OSPF as well as BGP and Static routing. When configuring OSPF, you will need to specify the OSPF area number in decimal format. When working with OSPF routing configurations that use dotted decimal format, the following formula will convert dotted decimal to decimal. Likely your favorite subnet calculator also supports OSPF area number conversions! The formula you can paste into a cell is: =(((C5*256)+D5)*256+E5)*256+F5

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Crawl, Walk, Run…

My friend and colleague Michael Bailey has had the wonderful opportunity to work for VMware for more than 8 years. Michael witnessed first hand the rapid evolution of the vSphere Hypervisor and the spread of virtualization across enterprise data centers. Michael was there to see the amazement of customers when features like vMotion were first demonstrated.

When speaking about compute virtualization, Michael would often say that it is a process of “Crawl, Walk, Run”… There is no need or requirement to virtualize everything – start with small environments such as file and print, and expand your organizational experience from a small foundation. Crawl, Walk, Run provides infrastructure teams time to focus on reviewing the people and process aspects of infrastructure delivery associated with the changes in infrastructure technology.

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