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  • VMware vSphere

    VMware vSphere is brand name for VMware's suite of products that use the ESX/ESXi hypervisor. Before 2009. VMware vSphere was known as VMware Infrastructure. 

  • beacon probing

    Beacon probing is a networking troubleshooting feature in VMware vSphere that pinpoints failures with physical Ethernet adapters and physical switches. 

  • VMware EVC (VMware Enhanced vMotion compatibility)

    VMware EVC (VMware Enhanced vMotion Compatibility) is a feature in VMware vSphere virtualization that allows virtual machines (VMs) to move between ESX/ESXi hosts on different CPUs. 

  • bubble network

    A bubble network is a series of interconnected virtual machines (VMs) that communicate through a virtual network switch (vSwitch) and remain isolated from the physical network. 

  • VMware NSX

    VMware NSX is a virtual networking and security software product family created from VMware's vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) and Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) intellectual property. 

  • VMware vShield

    VMware vShield is a group of networking and security products for virtualized IT infrastructures, comprising vShield Manager, vShield Edge, vShield Zones, vShield App, vShield Data Security and vShield Endpoint. 

  • VMware NIC teaming (VMware network interface card teaming)

    VMware NIC teaming is a way to group several network interface cards (NICs) to behave as one logical NIC. 

  • VMware HA (High Availability)

    VMware HA (High Availability) is a utility that eliminates the need for dedicated standby hardware and software in a virtualized environment ... (Continued) 

About VMware and networking

Networking in a VMware environment can be a pain point for administrators as there are related security concerns. VMware networks can circumvent firewall and router security measures that separate a demilitarized zone from an external network, so there are extra precautions an IT pro should take in order to contain network traffic, although this management task is simplified with vShield Zones. This section offers expert tips that explain how to use both.

This section also offers overviews of and suggestions for selecting physical servers that will ease networking in a VMware environment; how to configure virtual switches (also called vSwitches), network interface cards and virtual LANs; chapter downloads and more.