#nsx #operations

Make Your Life Easier with the NSX-T Central CLI

Now that VMware NSX-T Data Center is deployed in your environment and that you are consuming its network and security services such as switching, routing, firewalling or load balancing, what about day 2 operations? Although I’m a big advocate of API and automation, there are some operations or some scenarios where it’s required (or more natural) to use a CLI (command-line interface). It turns out that each NSX-T component contains a CLI (which is documented here). ...

#cli #pivotal #vmware

Download VMware and Pivotal Products via CLI

I had to deploy NSX-T and PKS to a new infrastructure lately. The usage of a jump host was inevitable as my home bandwidth is not great to upload many GB to a remote site. The lazy option would have been to create a Windows VM running on the same infrastructure and deploy from there. As I was not in a lazy mood, I decided to go for an Ubuntu jumpbox: I can deploy OVA using OVF Tool or via govc (#rungovc) and I was already familiar of the Pivnet CLI to download Pivotal products …all I was missing was a capability to download VMware products using CLI and I was happy to discover that the vmw-cli client can exactly do that for me. ...

#ansible #automation #devops

Deploy Multiple VMware VM with Ansible

When it comes to automation, I’m a big consumer of PowerCLI. Automation can be leveraged in many contexts, such as: Virtual machines lifecycles Infrastructure configuration Remediation and self-healing …and much more! As much as I like VMware PKS, I also need to work on regular Kubernetes: for that, I require the ability to deploy a number of virtual machines based on a Linux template and to configure them with different settings (masters, etcd, and workers nodes). ...

#vmware #vmworld

VMworld 2018 US Sessions Replays

While I attended many times the European event, last week was only my 2nd VMworld US and it was a blast! It has been a few days since I came back from Vegas, and I was surprised (in a good way) to see that the session recordings were already published! \o/ General Sessions Where to Watch Sessions? You have 2 options to watch session recordings: You can access the VMworld On-Demand Video Library to view videos of VMworld general sessions (main keynotes), showcase keynotes, and breakout sessions on demand. ...

#cli #govc #operations #vsphere

OVA/OVF Deployment Using govc CLI

Deploying an OVA/OVF is a typical operation in a vSphere environment, and VMware administrators have plenty of options for that: using the VMware Web or HTML5 clients or techniques based on OVF Tool such as PowerCLI or Ansible. Recently, I have been using the govc CLI when I had to do a basic OVA deployment. Why precisely this method over a different one? Deploying OVA through the UI can be frustrating (especially when you have unknown errors, or after a vSphere upgrade) and time-consuming. ...