Category Archives: Network


Networking guide at free of cost

I recently stumbled upon the free and fantastic network related guide’s created by Aaron Balchunas at his blog, I was searching for CCNA type Study Guide and I was greeted with load’s of basic and deep technical network guides.

If you are new to virtualization and don’t have a CCNA or networking background? I suggest you get yourself familiaries with these topic mentioned in the guide. Credit and Thanks goes to Aaron.


Guide Link 🙂

Technical White Paper – What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking

With the release of VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware brings a number of enhancements to the networking capabilities in the vSphere platform. These enhancements enable users to manage their virtual networking infrastructure with greater efficiency and confidence. The following are the enhancements made in the vSphere 5.5 release:

  • Morehashing algorithms forlink aggregation
  • Morelinkaggregation groups
  • Traffic-filtering support
  • Differentiated ServiceCodePoint(DSCP) markingsupport
  • Improved host-level packet-capture tool
  • Improved single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
  • 40GBnetwork adapter support

Download: What’s New in VMware  vSphere 5.5 Networking

Networking for VMware Administrators – Now Available grab your copy soon…

NVAI have already blogged about the book “Networking for VMware Administrators”  in an earlier post written by Chris Wahl and Steve Pantol published by VMware Press.  This is a must have book for all Virtualisation and Networking Admins, as this book would bridge the communication gap between the teams.  In my personal opinion team’s like Network, Storage and Virtualization don’t get the time to speak to each other. They start to operate in Silo to me which is the reason for projects getting delayed.

But even when the teams speak they don’t speak the same language, what is key for an Virtualization admin doesn’t mean anything to a Network person….


This book illuminate the core concepts of modern networking, and show how to apply them in designing, configuring, and troubleshooting any virtualized network environment.

Drawing on their extensive experience with a wide range of virtual network environments, the authors address physical networking, switching, storage networking, and several leading virtualization scenarios, including converged infrastructure.

Teaching through relevant examples, they focus on foundational concepts and features that will be valuable for years to come. To support rapid learning and mastery, they present clear learning objectives, questions, problems, a complete glossary, and extensive up-to-date references.

Table of contents and sample pages can be viewed from Google Books and Sample Chapter 8″vSphere Standard Switch” is available for free download from here.  The book is available for purchase via Amazon and if you are in India try FlipKart.

Free e-learning course – VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

The VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals eLearning course will provide you with a fundamental overview of VMware’s network virtualization products, components and features. It will match business, management, security and operations challenges with their respective VMware solutions. There are three modules in this course.

  • Establish the Requirements for Network Virtualization
  • Compare and Contrast Virtual and Physical Networking Solutions
  • Describe Advanced VMware Network Virtualization Solutions

Register here: VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

vSphere networking basic’s???

Recently while searching for a networking related topic, I accidently landed in this website. It’s an awesome website and got the info I have been looking for a long time. If you are new to VMware and want to understand the background on virtual networking.  I strongly recommend you to go through “The-great-vswitch-debate-one-big-pdf-file”.

It’s a well written document on virtual networking and can be extremely useful if you are learning virtualization and serious about making a carrier of  it.