So one of my SharePoint projects that I am working on requires Federated Stuff and hence for all my testing I require two AD networks. As I have only one single ESXI server with one nic card, I was wondering how best to create a sort of NAT between two Virtual Switches. But since one Virtual Switch is already connected to the LAN and running live servers , I didn’t want to break anything. So I need some kind of firewall between both the different networks. My search led to Zentyal . They have a Virtual Machine appliance which is available here .
My Original network was pretty straightforward. I had a router connected to my ISP which leads onto a switch and wireless router that served all my devices and an Esxi Host with One network card that kept all my Domain Controllers, Exchange, SharePoint and Database servers.
I The issue was that this weekend I had to prepare for Demo purposes , Federated Domains with ADRMS and SharePoint , Exchange , Lync and Database servers all existing on another demo domain. No issues building new VM’s and stuff but my problem was that I had only one Interface card on my Esxi host. I was trying to figure out how best can I split my Vmware Network as two different networks but all using the same Router to get to the Internet. I needed a new firewall in front of the New VM farm that I was building. So while all the VM’s were getting provisioned out I had some downtime while I waited.
So this is what I came up on paper. The steps involved where
It comes with a Windows style GUI and approach even though its built on linux
Wondered what this means? Well you dont have to anymore. An awesome post explaining what it means and how to deal with it. Quite critical depending on what you doing with your VM’s that you select the right option. So spend some time over at TechHead.co.uk to understand this a lot more better.
Installation of AppVIEW
Download it from here
Size of the file is 1.1 MB, yep 1019kb to be exact. The installation is straight forward and takes roughly couple of seconds to complete.
Setup of APP View
This has to be one of the easiest setup that I have ever come across with any software (other than Putty)
Click Connect and once the data has been collected you will be presented with a view of 5 running VM’s (random) on that host
From the drop down list you can change the VM’s that you will want to monitor using AppVIEW.
Tweaking APP View
AppVIEW sits at the System Tray not clogging up screen real estate on your taskbar
From here you can change the host or change the thresholds
AppVIEW also connects to other Vkernel resources such as their Optimization Pack (previously posted article) and Capacity Analyzer to help better monitor your Virtual Environment.
Had been wondering what this feature means while taking a snapshot of a VM.
Few of the articles and explanation I found
Another good article on avoiding Vmware Backup Pitfalls. (Requires free registration to read)
Hope this helps someone.