Deep Dives

Software-Defined Data Center Series (at VMworld 2014 US)

The following four part series are based on announcements made at VMworld 2014 US and EMEA.

Additionally, these announcements were appended:

Working with NSX Series

The following guides walk through the installation and configuration of various components within NSX. You can also view all posts by selecting the Working With NSX category.

vSphere 5.5 Improvement Series

Released on August 26th, 2013, vSphere 5.5 ushered in a vast amount of improvements and new products / solutions. This 9 part series covers the vast majority of interesting tidbits.

Guides related to vCenter upgrades, migrations, and certificates:

Features and user experience in vSphere 5.5:

vSphere 5.1 Deep Dive Series

Released on August 27th, 2012, vSphere 5.1 introduced some heartaches with Single Sign-On (SSO) but also added a ton of really handy features for storage, compute, and networking.

I’ve also provided a fair number of reference posts on vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO):

Here are posts to help you upgrade from 5.0 to 5.1:

NFS on vSphere Series

This four part series covers many of the misconceptions around NFS and offers a variety of design methods using different network segmentation strategies and teaming policies.

Don’t forget to snag your copy of the Networking for VMware Administrators book, which includes a variety of design scenarios, lab exercises, and configuration screen shots covering vSphere in a realistic lab environment. Profits are going to the Alzheimer’s Association charity.

NFS Guides

Various guides that cover the use of NFS


If you’re looking to use iSCSI storage in your home or work environment, here’s a number of articles that address various pitfalls and tips:

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