The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to participate in a beta of Cisco’s new Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM). What is VSUM? VSUM is a free virtual appliance from Cisco that integrates into the vSphere Web Client. Once deployed, VSUM allows you to do the following (all from the web client): Deploy Nexus 1000v and Application Virtual …

Jumbo Frames and Multi-NIC vMotion Performance over 10Gbe – Part 2

A week ago I wrote a post as sort of a follow-on to Chris Wahl’s post on performance gains (or lack thereof) using jumbo frames for multi-NIC vMotion. A fellow blogger, Josh Odgers (blog / twitter), posted a comment stating more testing with the same workloads across tests would be interesting to see. In my previous testing I performed 3 …

Jumbo Frames and Multi-NIC vMotion Performance over 10Gbe

Chris Wahl recently wrote a blog post titled Do Jumbo Frames Improve vMotion Performance? Chris was doing these tests using a 1Gbe network and the results indicated that you get slightly better performance by NOT using jumbo frames. There were a few comments and questions regarding what this would look like if you had a 10Gbe infrastructure. I also had …

Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify common vSS and vDS policies When looking at vSS and vDS policies there is some overlap.  Instead of breaking it down by each type, I will list …

Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches

For this objective I used the following documents: Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5 Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities A vNetwork Distributed Switch has the same capabilities as a vNetwork Standard Switch and much more.  Keep …

Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches

For this objective I used the following documents: Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5 Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify vNetwork Standard Switch (vSS) capabilities A lot of the capabilities you find in a virtual switch are the same as a physical …