Issue with replacing certificate for a new Load Balanced PSC setup (vSphere 6.5 & NSX 6.4)

Last week I ran into an issue while I was configuring a Load Balanced Platform Service Controller setup. My initial configuration was as follows: VCSA01 is pointed to the PSC01, and the VCSA02 is pointed to the PSC02 (within the same SSO domain). My goal was to load balance my existing Platform Service Controllers via a VIP on a NSX Load Balancer for the two vCenters and one NSX Manager (Connected to VCSA01).

Lab Expansion: Like in the old days

Currently i’m running my home lab environment on three physical Intel NUC devices. ESXi 6.5 is installed on each one of the NUCs and they are running a vSAN cluster (two M2 SSD inside each NUC, one for cache and the other for the capacity tier). Each NUC  comes with 32 GB memory and a Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6260U CPU @ 1.80GHz installed as well. Due to the fact that the Intel NUCs are just not flexible enough for me to test certain scenarios I decided to expand my existing lab environment.


NSX-V: Create Logical Switches, Distributed Firewall Sections and Rules based on existing portgroup/vlans

In my previous blog post I wrote about how to automate the Enable MAC learning function on a VMware NSX Logical Switch via Powershell/PowerNSX. In this post I referred to a script which I used to export the configuration of the portgroup/vlans that where currently existing in the environment. I’m writing this blogpost, to share the script because someone might have a use case for it (more…)

Automate ‘Enable MAC Learning’ on Logical Switch with PowerNSX

I was working on a project at a customer where we needed to create Logical Switches, DFW rules and sections based upon all the current portgroups of all the environments. Because we are talking about +/- 400 logical switches which need to be created, this is not a job that you want to do via the vSphere Web Client. Therefore I created a script which exported all the current portgoup names and vlan configurations to CSV file. This CSV file is used to import all the stuff.


Achievement Unlocked! VCIX-NV

Last week (thursday to be precise) I took the VCAP-NV exam and did pass on first try. And to be honest it was actually my first VCAP exam in my career until now. I started working with VMware NSX probably somewhere in the beginning of this year, and had a clear goal; becoming VCIX-NV.
Now, since there is no VCAP-NV Design exam yet you will be come a VCIX-NV only by passing this one exam.

First step was to become VCP-NV certified which I achieved on VMworld Europe (September) this year. And only 2 months later, and a lot of hours spend on learning and practicing in my ‘Home Lab Environment ‘ I’m allowed to call myself a VCIX-NV =D.
It took quite some time, not only during work hours. But it was definitely worth it!

The exam itself was okay, the difficulty of the questions varies from quite easy ones to more challenging and lengthy ones. I only had a problem with the API client (Postman) during my exam. I was not able to get it working. And this was very unfortunate since configure syslog via API on NSX Controllers are very easy points to score on the VCAP-NV exam. Luckily I scored enough points on the other topics to pass!

Next goal: VCIX-DCV!