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Guide: Building a Self-Contained Virtual Steelhead Lab - Part 4

February 04, 2015 | 4 minute read

Note: This post carries on from Part 3. Testing & Reporting Now that you’ve set up your lab, you can start working on the VSHs.  Test #1 - TCP Options Usually when telnetting between two routers (e.g PC-A-01 and PC-B-01), the MSS negotiated is 536 and no other options are specified. However, after configuring the VSHs to optimise telnet ...

Guide: Building a Self-Contained Virtual Steelhead Lab - Part 3

February 03, 2015 | 6 minute read

Note: This post carries on from Part 2. Virtual Steelhead Installation Now that the vSwitches are set up, the next thing you will need to do is install the VSHs. Through the vSphere client, install the VSH by clicking on “File” > “Deploy OVF Template”. When asked for the name of the VM, type “VSH-A”. When configuring the NICs, ...

NetApp From the Ground Up - A Beginner’s Guide Part 10

February 02, 2015 | 2 minute read

OnCommand Overview Reference: NetApp Training - Fast Track 101: NetApp Portfolio OnCommand management software helps your customers to monitor and manage their NetApp storage as well as multi-vendor storage environments, offering cost-effective and efficient solutions for their clustered, virtualized and cloud environments. With OnCommand,...

Guide: Building a Self-Contained Virtual Steelhead Lab - Part 2

January 31, 2015 | 7 minute read

Note: This post carries on from Part 1. VLANs SW1 and SW2 have been used to allow multiple devices to connect to the VSH’s Primary, Auxiliary and lan0_0 subnets. You can either use trunk ports or access ports between the switches and R3 and R5. If using access ports, you’ll need a total of six ports per switch: SW1 Switch Port #: VLAN:...

Guide: Building a Self-Contained Virtual Steelhead Lab - Part 1

January 31, 2015 | 6 minute read

A little while back I began looking into WAN optimisation, and in particular, Riverbed’s Steelheads. I really enjoyed all that I was reading so decided it was time to fire up a few Virtual Steelheads in my lab. As was the case in my Connecting the NetApp Simulator to your Virtual and Physical Labs and Trunking VLANs between the NetApp Simulator ...