Nick Marshall

Author, Podcaster, Geek

VMware Validated Design for VMware Cloud on AWS

While I was having a break at Disneyland with my family last week after VMworld 2019 US, I heard that the VMware Validated Design for VMware Cloud on AWS (VVD for VMC) was released. I’ve been working on this design for a while now, so I was really excited to hear that it made GA in the VMworld time frame. A big thanks to the rest of the VVD team who helped me get this out the door.

Operating VMware Cloud on AWS

Over the past few 2 months, I’ve been taking part in VMware’s Take-3 program. This is where staff who have been with the company for 5 years or more can “take 3 months” to join another team and see how a different part of the business or technology works. It’s a great way to gain different experience, network with new people and take a breather from what your normal job entails.

Automated SDDC Deployment with VMware Cloud Builder

4 years ago I moved away from a short stint as a product manager to something a little more technical. I was a founding member of what became the “VMware Validated Designs”. After building SDDCs manually for a few months in our test environments it was clear that we needed an automated approach. The VMware Deployment Toolkit (DTK) was born by some of my super smart colleagues, which we use daily as part of our development and testing toolchain.

Operational Hint - Pin vCenter to a Host

If you’re hosting your vCenter VM in a DRS enabled cluster, there’s a handy trick that some new admins might not know, but I find super helpful (all the old school admins will nod knowingly how handy this can be). Let’s say you have a cluster with a bunch of hosts in it, and DRS is enabled in fully automated mode. The vCenter VM might be running on any one of these hosts, which is usually fine, but what happens if vCenter itself goes down?

What are you working on these days?

A good friend, who I have not caught up with in a long time, asked me “So, what are you working on these days?”. I figured that now is as good a time as any to answer that question. (Or maybe I should have jotted something down when I started in this team over 3 years ago!?!) Product Management When I moved from Sydney to Palo Alto for a Product Management position within VMware, I didn’t quite know what to expect.

Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7

Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7 One of the most common questions I am asked has to be: “When is the next Mastering vSphere book being released?” Well, I am happy to let everyone know that the finishing touches are being put on a new revision. This time around I have recruited some of my VVD allies to help out– Mike Brown, Blair Fritz and Ryan Johnson. We’re looking at availability in the next few months (not Oct 2018 like Amazon suggests).

NIC Teaming in vSphere 6.0

NIC Teaming in vSphere 6 For a vSwitch and its associated ports or port groups to communicate with other ESXi hosts or with physical systems, the vSwitch must have at least one uplink. An uplink is a physical network adapter that is bound to the vSwitch and connected to a physical network switch. With the uplink connected to the physical network, there is connectivity for the VMkernel and the VMs connected to that vSwitch.

Network Stacks in vSphere 6.0

vSphere 6.0 TCP/IP Network Stacks Prior to the release of vSphere 5.5, all VMkernel interfaces shared a single instance of a TCP/IP stack. As a result, they all shared the same routing table and same DNS configuration. This created some interesting challenges in certain environments; for example, what if you needed a default gateway for your management network but you also needed a default gateway for your NFS traffic? The only workaround was to use a single default gateway and then populate the routing table with static routes.

Seattle VMUG UserCon – Keynote Slides

Seattle VMUG UserCon - Keynote Slides I was the morning keynote speaker at the Seattle VMUG UserCon for 2016. The audience was great, and made for a really good session. I was asked by a couple of people if I could share my slides, so here they are:

vSphere 6.0 – Hardware Version 11

vSphere 6.0 – Hardware Version 11 There are a some lesser known things that are enabled as part of vSphere 6’s VM hardware version 11 that I haven’t seen many people talking about, so I thought I would share some details. USB 3.0 Introduced with vSphere 6 in VM hardware version 11 (HW11) is a new USB controller that is properly compatible with USB 3.0. I say “properly” because vSphere 5.