Back to the land of happy WiFi: from 3 x Airport Extremes to one Ruckus R710

I am a long time user of Apple’s Airport Extreme base stations. I loved pretty much everything about them – compact design, lack of protruding external antennae, stable connectivity, ease of configuration through a well-designed Airport Configuration Utility, and on-going firmware updates, even for the 9-year old one (!). For a variety of reasons, over time I ended up owning three of them – 2nd, 4th, and 5th gen, extending WiFi around the house (it’s a rental, so no CAT cabling).

In recent years, however, things have slowly but surely drifted toward sour. Airport Configuration Utility has been dumbed down a lot, and firmware stability seems to have taken a hit, too – I don’t remember ever needing to reboot a base station until a few years ago. The number of connected devices in the house has grown steadily – I consistently see around 10–15 connected at any given time. More and more neighbours’ access points popped up around. Usage patterns have also changed – kids have grown up, and now study and entertain themselves on various devices around the house.

So the connectivity grew spottier and less stable, and I couldn’t make things happy again no matter what I tried. Real-time online games kept stuttering, and chatting over the net kept breaking up. Not all the time, but often enough to be a nuisance. And in the backyard.. Well, there was no usable reception there, let’s leave it at that.

So enough was enough, and search for a replacement has begun.

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VMworld 2015 presentation recordings have been published

..which includes the session on NSX Troubleshooting methodology that I presented.

Start page:

To find my session called “NET5488 – Troubleshooting Methodology for VMware NSX”, search for “NET5488”. Both US and Europe versions are available.

In this session, I walk through how NSX-v’s VXLAN-based logical switching works, what commands you can use to see what’s happening under the covers, and how to make sense of what you’re seeing. This should provide a good base for your troubleshooting practice.

(Hat tip to ‪@ericsiebert and ‪@scott_lowe‬ for the info that sessions are now online, free for all)

Serving bandwidth-hungry VMs with DC fabrics and NSX for vSphere

It is fairly common for VMs to talk to SMB / NFS shares hosted by physical storage arrays, or send their backups to physical appliances.

In this blog post, we’ll have a look at connectivity options for this use case.

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Do I need a hardware VTEP for my NSX for vSphere?

VMware NSX for vSphere has been shipping beta support for hardware VTEPs since version 6.2.0, with General Availability (GA) coming in the next few months. With this in mind, I thought it would be useful to provide an overview of HW VTEP’s use cases and considerations.

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From the dept of the knowledge arcane: NSX-v with nested ESXi

Nested ESXi is a staple of resource-strapped labs. There is, however, a little something that’s worth keeping in mind when using NSX-v / VXLAN.

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Solved: slow Windows guest performance in Fusion 8.1 on El Capitan

For a little while, I was bummed by poor peformance of a Windows 8.1 guest running in Fusion 8.1 on El Capitan. Not sure which one of these was the main contributor, but the experience was painful – switching between apps was taking few seconds, which just didn’t seem right considering it’s running on a current MacBook Pro with plenty of RAM, CPU power, and a fast SSD.

Long story short – looks like I’ve found a cure. This solution worked like magic for me:

For those not willing to visit the source – I added the following to the vmx file:

mainMem.backing = "swap"
scsi0:0.virtualSSD = 1
MemTrimRate = "0"
sched.mem.pshare.enable = "FALSE"
MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE"

Looks like these settings have originated from the following post:

VMware Performance Enhancing Tweaks (Over-the-Counter Solutions)

Happy computing! 🙂

My presentation from VMworld 2015

#NET5488: Troubleshooting Methodology for VMware NSX (for vSphere, v6.2):

I designed the pack to be read, so hopefully you find it useful without the recording. For those who have attended VMworld, both US and Europe sessions were recorded. You should be able to watch them on

Not sure which one (US or EU) went better, to be frank. 🙂