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Seven things to know to make Hyperflex go – Cisco HyperFlex Best Practices

Creating a Datastore in Hyperflex Connect is easy, Creating a Datastore in vCenter is messy, When creating HXDP Snapshots in vCenter you need to be careful. There are some things that you need to do differently, and some you should do differently. Here are Seven things to know to make Hyperflex go. Continue reading

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RedNectar’s Hyperflex Pre-Install Checklist (Updated)

Completing Cisco’s Pre-installation Checklist for Cisco HX Data Platform will capture all the information you need, but not necessarily in the order you need it, and for a single site only. So, I decided to write a version that gets … Continue reading

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Resolution Immediacy and Deployment Immediacy – ACI Master Class

When configuring ACI, have you ever wondered what those Resolution Immediacy options [Immediate | On Demand | Pre-provision] and the Deployment Immediacy options [Immediate | On Demand] do? Continue reading

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ARP Gleaning – ACI Master Class

The purpose of these Gleaning ARPs is simply to “tickle” the target station into sending a packet – not because the gateway needs the MAC address of the target! Continue reading

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RedNectar’s HX Pre-Install Checklist

…has been updated and is found here: https://rednectar.net/2018/10/06/rednectars-hyperflex-pre-install-checklist-updated/

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ISIS, COOP, BGP and MP-BGP in Cisco ACI

Let me start with a picture.  Imagine a simple 2leaf/2spine topology with HostA attached to to Leaf1 and with HostB attached to to Leaf2. Enter IS-IS. The leaves and spines will exchange IS-IS routing updates with each other so that Leaf1 sees that it has two equally good paths to reach Leaf2, and Leaf2 sees that it has two equally good paths to reach Leaf1. Now think about the hosts. This is where COOP comes in. BGP is not needed until an external router is connected. Continue reading

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Non overlapping VTEP IP addresses in Cisco ACI

Cisco recommends that “The TEP IP address pool should not overlap with existing IP address pools that may be in use by the servers (in particular, by virtualized servers).”
Let me tell you a reason much closer to reality why you might want to avoid overlapping your Cisco ACI TEP addresses with your locally configured addressing scheme. Continue reading

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