VMware vDS RSPAN Port Mirroring

I wanted to throw this together real quick on how to setup RSPAN VLAN Port Mirroring using a Cisco switch and vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) Destination Port Mirror which will map to a vm running NTOP. This solution is working Continue reading VMware vDS RSPAN Port Mirroring

Virtualized Internet Firewall With HA and DRS

I wanted to throw this together real quick and explain how to accomplish running a virtualized firewall (PFSense, Astaro, etc.). The goal to accomplish here is to use your cable/dsl internet connection with the ability to vmotion across VMware hosts Continue reading Virtualized Internet Firewall With HA and DRS

Nexentastor/ESXi5/3750G/LACP/VDS/NFS/iSCSI – Part 2

This article is a continuation of Part 1 that we did a while back.  I would highly suggest checking out that article as well prior to going through this article.  You can read Part 1 here. MPIO Round Robin Policy Continue reading Nexentastor/ESXi5/3750G/LACP/VDS/NFS/iSCSI – Part 2

Nested Virtualized Datacenters (VDC) using metro stretched cluster

I am currently working on building a 2 datacenter scenario all running under VMware workstation 9. This will include a four node HP P4000 VSA multi-site cluster, four ESXi5 hosts, vCenter, and two PFsense firewalls using openvpn to connect both Continue reading Nested Virtualized Datacenters (VDC) using metro stretched cluster

How I like to build ‘Em – Vsphere5 – What ya think?

Just wanted to throw this together as my current environment goes a little like this. HP C7000, Flex-10 configured with two SUS Groups (Shared Uplink Sets) to carve bandwidth the way I need it into the 8 Flex-10 LOMS on Continue reading How I like to build ‘Em – Vsphere5 – What ya think?

Nexentastor/ESXi5/3750G/LACP/VDS/NFS/iSCSI – Part 1

So I have been using Nexentastor for almost 2 years now in my home lab. It is an amazing storage solution. I have used many others over the years (FreeNAS, OpenFiler, NASLite) and I by far like Nexentastor the best. I Continue reading Nexentastor/ESXi5/3750G/LACP/VDS/NFS/iSCSI – Part 1