Step-By-Step Create Microsoft private cloud

Private cloud is a computing model that uses resources which are dedicated to your organization/department. A private cloud shares many of the characteristics of public cloud computing including resource pooling, self-service, elasticity.

I will walk you through the steps for configuring the System Center VMM and Create Microsoft private cloud.

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Citrix XenCenter


Citrix XenCenter is the Windows-native graphical user interface for managing Citrix XenServer.

let’s install and manage XenCenter and then configure network and create a VM’s

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Windows 2012 ISCSI Server as a storage device for vSphere 6

Windows 2012 ISCSI Server as a storage device for vSphere



You should have a central storage like SAN in order to play with the VMware advance feature like HA, vMotion, FT…Etc, but that is not always possible for Lab or evaluation.

In my previous posts, I showed you how to install and setup HPLeftHand P4000 on ESX and provide a shared storage for VMware.

In this blog I will show you how to use Microsoft windows 2012 ISCSI solution as a shared storage for VMware.

I will not walk you through the step to setup iSCSI Target; if you are interested in step-by-step   iSCSI Target setup take a look in to Microsoft iSCSI Solution.

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vSphere 6 Distributed switch and distributed port group

What is a vSphere 6 Distributed switch and distributed port group?


A vSphere Distributed Switch acts as a single virtual switch across all associated hosts. This allows virtual machines to maintain consistent network configuration as they migrate across hosts.

Distributed virtual networking configuration consists of three parts.

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Palo Alto as a Virtual machine


Palo Alto as a Virtual machine

In order to get hands on experience with Palo Alto Firewall, I will walk you through the steps for install and configure PA as a Virtual machine “PA as VM” on your workstation and build your own lab.

In my next post; we’re going to work on scenarios to configure PA


Arista Networks and Leaf-Spine Architecture

Modern Network infrastructure designed for virtualization and the cloud
“Deploy flatter Two-Tier Network and Leaf-Spine Architecture”

As cloud architectures and multi-tenancy capabilities continue to develop and mature,  here is an economy of scale that can be realized by aggregating resources across applications, business units, and separate corporations to a common shared, yet segmented, infrastructure.

Elasticity, mobility, automation, and density of virtual machines demands new network architectures focusing on high performance, addressing portability, and the innate understanding of the virtual machine as the new building block of the datacenter.

Virtualization technologies from VMware, Citrix and Microsoft encapsulate existing applications, and abstract them from the physical hardware.The network access layer formed by virtual switches is now inside the server.

The characteristics of networks that support virtualization and cloud computing demand that legacy network practices be abandoned in favor of modern cloud networking architectures, flatter two-tier leaf-spine architecture over a legacy, enterprise
three-tier design.

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