Advanced Virtual Networking - Reliability, Performance and Features

Learn to Understand And Use vSwitch Security, Traffic Shaping, NIC Teaming and vLAN Policies | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

A good network design will help ensure that your VMs experience fast, secure, reliable and correct networking. VMware includes vSwitch Security, vSwitch Traffic Shaping, vSwitch Physical NIC Teaming and vSwitch vLANing policies that you can adjust as required. In this course we are going to look at all of these policies in detail, review their features, uses and benefits / concerns and learn to take advantage of these features to deliver a superior network experience for our Virtual Machines.

In this course you will learn:

  • About vSwitch default policies and how to adjust / override these policies at the VMkernel Port and Port Group level
  • The three vSwitch Security policies - Promiscuous Mode, MAC Address Changes and Forged Transmits. What they are and how you can employ them to improve network security
  • The purpose and use cases for Traffic Shaping - the ability to rate limit bandwidth consumption on a VMkernel Port or Port Group basis
  • The five different Physical NIC teaming strategies offered by VMware. We will learn how each strategy works in detail, the benefits and the concerns and the requirements for each strategy
  • About vLAN tagging at the vSwitch Port Group and VMkernel Port level so your VMs can participate in vLANs without the need to adjust the TCP/IP stack settings in each and every VM
  • Best practices to help ensure your network operates at optimum performance and reliability

By the end of this course you will understand the major policies available on Standard and Distributed vSwitches, their features, functions, benefits and concerns. You will be able to select the best option for your environment and put that option into service.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 25 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 12 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Math from the University of Toronto. I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

Advanced Virtual Networking - Reliability, Performance and Features
Advanced Virtual Networking - Reliability, Performance and Features FREE
Virtual Networking Design Goals FREE
Advanced Virtual Networking FREE
Physical NIC and Virtual NIC vSwitch Port Assignments FREE
Virtual Switch Security Policies FREE
Promiscuous Mode
Media Access Control (MAC) Address Changes
Forged Transmits
Traffic Shaping Policies
Traffic Shaping Settings
Traffic Shaping Use Cases
Physical NIC Team Settings
Virtual Switch to Physical Switch Ethernet Frame Forwarding
vSwitch Load Balancing Policies
Route By Originating Port - Step 1
Route By Originating Port - Step 2
Route By Originating Port - Step 3 / Benefits
Route By Originating Port - Step 4 / Concerns
Route By Source MAC Hash
Route By IP Hash - Step 1
Route By IP Hash - Step 2
Route By IP Hash - Step 3 / Benefits
Route By IP Hash - Step 4 / Concerns
Route By Physical NIC Load - Step 1
Route By Physical NIC Load - Benefits and Concerns
Active and Standby Physical NICs
Network Failure Tests
Resiliant Network Configuration
Notify Switches Policy
Standard Virtual Switches - vLANs
vSwitch Best Practices
Advanced Networking Lab FREE
Advanced Networking - Review And Questions FREE
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