VCAP – Design: VMware vSphere Distributed Switch best practice notes

Networking, NIOC, VCAP6 - Design, vDS
In this post I will share my notes about VMware vSphere Distributed Switch best practice document in preparation for the VCAP Design exam. (Document link; https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vsphere-distributed-switch-best-practices-white-paper.pdf) Notes: The document is not updated to vSphere v6; some of the information related to v5.X only. The document includes a lot of useful information.  This post is only study notes; if you are not familiar with the technologies discussed in the document please read the document first. I have chosen to cover the rack server configuration only, but the document also cover blade server configuration Design Consideration: Goals: No single point of failure Isolate traffic type Use of traffic management and optimization Component configuration: Rack server with 8 1GbE NIC’s Rack server with 2 10GbE NIC’s Physical Switch – capable of switch clustering…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.3

backup and restore, OVA, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this section we are going to cover "Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Backup and restore distributed switch configurations Backup and restore resource pool configurations Export Virtual Machines to OVA/OVF format Use a Host profile to recover an ESXi host configuration Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Networking vSphere Resource Management Guide vSphere Virtual Machine Administration vSphere Host Profiles Backup and restore distributed switch configurations: The following are the steps to backup and restore vDS: Export the vDS configuration Choose Distributed switch and all port groups Click yes and provide a location for the zip file. To restore the configuration i used a different vCenter. Right click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.4

blueprint, Networking, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS, VSS
In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for troubleshoot a vSphere 6.x network implementation Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Perform a vDS Health Check for teaming, MTU, mismatches, etc. Configure port groups to properly isolate network traffic Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify configuration issues Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify VLAN configurations Use DCUI network tool to correct network connectivity issue Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples Perform a vDS Health Check for teaming, MTU, mismatches, etc: To enable Health check on the vDS , click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.3

blueprint, Networking, NIOC, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for scale a vSphere 6.x network implementation Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Configure appropriate NIC teaming failover type and related physical network settings Determine and apply failover settings according to a deployment plan Configure and manage network I/O control 3 Determine and configure vDS port binding settings according a deployment plan Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide VMware KB 1022312   Configure appropriate NIC teaming failover type and related physical network settings and Determine and apply failover settings according to a deployment plan: Load balancing algos from vSphere networking guide. [caption id="attachment_293" align="alignnone"…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.2 – Part 2

blueprint, Networking, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS, VSS
In this post we will continue to discuss how we Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Network Infrastructure We are going to cover the following objective from the blueprint : Migrate a vSS network to a hybrid or full vDS solution Analyze vDS settings using command line tools Determine which appropriate discovery protocol to use for specific hardware vendors Configure VLANs/PVLANs according to a deployment plan Create / Apply traffic marking and filtering rules Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide   Migrate a vSS network to a hybrid or full vDS solution: Here are the steps and screenshots on how to migrate from vSS to vDS (I will not use screenshots for creation of…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.2 – Part 1

Networking, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for Implement and Manage vSphere 6.x Distributed Switch (vDS) Networks Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Deploy a LAG and migrate to LACP Configure Advanced vDS settings (NetFlow, QOS, etc.) Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide   Deploy a LAG and migrate to LACP: The screenshots below describe ONLY the VMware configuration side,  you will to configure LACP on your physical switch. Lets create a vDS from scratch to demo this here are the steps: Create new vDS: Create  new LAG: Add Hosts, and also configure a template host if you want other host to…
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