Capturing packets of VMware machines, part 2

In the first post I described how to capture packets in VMware vSphere environments when dealing with standard vSwitches. While that works fine, some larger installations have an even better way of doing network captures of virtual machine traffic, provided by the so-called Distributed vSwitches. Unfortunately, those special vSwitches require a Enterprise Plus license, so all installations that run on Enterprise or less do not get these and have to stick with standard vSwitches.

Firewall trouble

A few days ago my connection(s) to the computing center suddenly degraded, meaning that I suddenly could not contact some of my servers anymore or only after waiting for sometimes minutes, while others worked fine. I checked the Icinga monitoring system and saw that everything was fine, except the firewall, which seemed to have a lot more latency than usual when forwarding packets. Then, my provider sent me and email that his own monitoring system was seeing problems with my firewall, too, and shortly after that a SMS arrived telling me that it seemed to have gone belly up. Uh oh.