Bye, bye Service Console


This isn’t just another article about vSphere 5. It’s not my aim simply to rattle off a list of new and improved features. There are probably a plethora of those posts out there already, some better than others – use Google to find them. I was inspired to write this after I saw white paper linked to on Twitter about the differences between ESX and ESXi written by Global Knowledge. Actually it was the responses to that article that prompted me. Of all of the many changes announced today, it is the departure of the Service Console that is perhaps the most significant in my view. It may not be a new, super-whizzy feature and many people are already using ESXi and might be thinking “so what”. For me, removing the COS / SC / Service Console … [Read more...]

Creating VLANs in DD-WRT (Part 3)


In the second part of this post I completed the setup of VLANs on my WNR3500L router. To make them available to hosts (and VMs) I now have to configure my Cisco SLM2008 switches. Fortunately that turns out to be fairly simple. The SLM 2008 has a web-based GUI that does the job nicely. Once logged in it's a matter of opening the VLAN >> VLAN Settings page. Then just tap in the VLAN ID that you want to create and click "Add". This then drops you into an additional page where you choose which ports to associate the VLAN with. I picked all of the ports on this switch (where my ESX hosts are located). Then I clicked "Save". It's just then a case of repeating for the other VLANs that are required. And that's the switches … [Read more...]

CloudCamp – The Return


It's been about a year since I last went to CloudCamp. In honour of my return and as an homage to CloudCamp London's compere, Simon Wardley, I have adorned this post with a suitable image. Ta-da! (For those who are bewildered, Simon has a fixation with kittens in his presentations.) The reason that it's been so long since I attended a meeting (that sounds bad but you know what I mean) is that I found them to be a bit similar and not really relevant to what I was doing at the time. A few changes in personal circumstances also had an effect. But, having recently started a new job where cloud computing is very much a part of it, I felt the time was right to go again. It also helped that the venue for this meeting was in the crypt at St … [Read more...]

Creating VLANs in DD-WRT (Part 2)

In the first part of this post I created some VLANs on my NetGear WNR3500L router that I've flashed with DD-WRT firmware. In this second part of the post I will be assigning IP address ranges to those VLANs and configuring the router's firewall. I want the VLANs that I setup previously to use separate IP Address ranges. To do this it’s back into to the telnet session and enter the following command: (There is actually a way to do this step through the router’s GUI too.) Reboot the router again for the changes to take effect. The final configuration that needs to be made is to the internal firewall of the router. With all of these new interfaces created, we need to define some rules to permit (or deny) traffic between … [Read more...]

vExpert 2011… Surely not?


"Don't call me Shirley!" I love that joke but "surely not" was my response when John Troyer's email popped into my inbox this morning. Since that time I've had a veritable deluge of congratulations from all quarters. Along with the award itself that means a lot to me so this is a big public thank you to everyone really, especially John Troyer and vExpert panel. Obviously the bar has been set now. Time to get my bottom in gear. … [Read more...]

Creating VLANs in DD-WRT (Part 1)


I'm breaking this post up into 3 parts because it does go on a bit. Part 1 - An overview of what I'm trying to do and creating VLANs on the router Part 2 - Configuring IP ranges and the router's firewall Part 3 - Configuring VLANs on the SLM2008 switches Recently I have flashed my home router (a NetGear WNR3500L) with DD-WRT firmware and performed some basic and intermediate configuration to connect it to the internet and direct DNS queries for my lab domain to the correct DNS server. Now though I want to setup some VLANs. I want to be able to make use of some of the more advanced networking features in vSphere in my lab and this was one of the primary drivers for me selecting the router that I did. I already have two Cisco … [Read more...]