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NVME over TCP

I’ve wanted to test out NVME over TCP as a datastore from an ESXi host for some time. You may say “But Kenyon the Linux NVME implementation doesn’t support fused commands.” And you’d be right at one point I went through the configuration of an NVME target via the nvmet-cli tools. While this works for…

ESXi VM Power On Delay

Ran into something odd the other day. I was observing a 30 second power on delay for VMs on an ESXi host. I messed with it for a few weeks, dug through logs, and opened a VMware SR. Got nothing from all of the normal avenues. After the ticket was open for a good week…

NSX-T HCX or L2 VPN and VDR MAC

I recently had a question from a colleague about how to move the gateway for a layer 2 extended network in HCX. The move gateway operation in HCX forces you to unextend the network. This is fine if all the workloads on the segment have been migrated but the story I’ve always been told and…

NSX-T Edge Interface Monitoring

I’ve gotten a lot of questions from customers about how to monitor their NSX-T edges in AVS. Since the edges are considered management components customer don’t get access to the edge VMs in AVS (or most other clouds). This is done to protect the customer from breaking their environment by accidentally doing something to the…

Third Party Firewalls in AVS

There have been quite a few blog posts about third party firewalls or in Azure speak NVA (Network Virtual Appliance) in AVS. Why Azure calls these NVAs and not VNFs (Virtual Network Function) like the rest of the world is a question I’d like to have answered. While the DFW (Distributed Firewall) should be used…

NSX-T 802.1q Over Geneve

I’ve had a few questions about 802.1q trunk ports over NSX-T overlay segments. Normally the question are around using a trunk port to connect a firewall VM to get around the 10 network interface limit on VMware VMs. Unfortunately that type of configuration has one major issue. The VMs being secured must do VLAN tagging…

AVS ARM Template Generator

A few weeks ago I saw a presentation from Trevor Davis about a Power App to generate an ARM template to help with quickly getting a customer started with deploying an AVS Private Cloud. Trevor did a great job making it easy for customers to deploy. Unfortunately the Power App was internal only and could…

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