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vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – BPDU Filter

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As you might know by now, with the release of vSphere 5.1, VMware has enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) operationally as well as functionally. I talked about the new features briefly in the what’s new paper and also posted evaluation videos on some of the key features. In the next couple of weeks, I am planning Read more...

VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 – Evaluation Videos

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VMware vCloud Networking and Security is the leading software-defined networking and security solution that brings the flexibility and operational efficiency to the networks and network services in a data center. In an earlier post here, I described the main components of the solution and discussed the concept of logical networks using overlay technology and different Read more...

vSphere 5.1 – VDS Feature Evaluation Videos

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As you start looking at the new features of vSPhere 5.1 release, you will find substantial improvements to the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). In the earlier post here, I briefly talked about the new VDS features and also provided link to the white paper. To help you evaluate some of the key features of the VDS Read more...

What’s New in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1

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With the release of vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 product, VMware brings the leading software defined networking and security solution that enhances operational efficiency, provides agility and is extensible to rapidly respond to business needs. I just want to provide you some overview on how vCloud Networking and Security product brings the flexibility to the Read more...

VMware vCloud Networking Poster

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During VMworld 2012 (US)  we released a brand new networking poster. This poster is a reference to all things related to vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), and Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) technology. It provides you information on the different components, terminologies and parameters of VSS, VDS, and VXLAN. It also Read more...

What’s New in vSphere 5.1 – Networking

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With the release of VMware vSphere 5.1, VMware brings a number of powerful new features and enhancements to the networking capabilities in the VMware vSphere platform. The following diagram provides a list of new features in different categories The main thing I would like to highlight is that the operational improvements in VDS will help Read more...

VMworld 2012 – Networking sessions

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VMworld 2012 is fast approaching and I wanted to provide you a quick update on some of the key networking sessions conducted by VMware folks. Obviously, I will be one of the presenter and would like to invite you to that session more than any other sessions !! ( just kidding ) Networking is definitely Read more...

How to use Port-Mirroring feature of VDS for monitoring virtual machine traffic?

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I would like to clarify few things in this blog entry about the Port-mirroring feature that is available on vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). This feature is similar to the port mirroring capability available on the physical switches. Network administrators can use this feature to troubleshoot any network related issues in the virtual infrastructure and monitor Read more...

Why use Static Port Binding on VDS ?

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In the last post Demystifying port limits… I discussed the vitual port limits on the vSphere Standard (VSS) and Distributed switch (VDS). While discussing the VDS limits, I talked about the three different port-binding options available when you configure a port group on VDS. The port binding option describes how a virtual port on the virtual switch Read more...

Demystifying Configuration Maximums for VSS and VDS

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In this blog entry, I will spend some time discussing the configuration maximums related to vSphere standard switch (VSS) and vSphere distributed switch (VDS). I always get this question, what will happen when you cross those configuration maximum limits? Especially, with the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration maximums where there are vCenter Server level limits as Read more...