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VMware vSphere For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-06735-2
384 pages
February 2011
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A plain-English guide to the market-leading virtualization and cloud computing technology

With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure. This practical guide shows you how to create a virtual system using the VMware VSphere environment.  You'll find all the information you need to understand, design, and deploy one—without getting overwhelmed with technical detail. And once you’re up and running, this book is the perfect reference for maintenance and troubleshooting issues.

  • Introduces you to virtualization and VMware’s virtualization/cloud computing technology, the most recent version is VMware vSphere Shows you how to design a vSphere environment
  • Covers installation, deployment, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Provides what IT managers and system administrators need to roll out their first virtualized or cloud infrastructure, or to get up to speed on VMware’s technology

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Deciding on vSphere 7

Chapter 1: Getting the Most Out of VMware vSphere 9

Chapter 2: Introducing Virtualization 15

Chapter 3: Exploring the Capabilities of VMware vSphere 29

Chapter 4: Comparing Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 with vSphere 4.x 39

Part II: Getting Ready for vSphere 51

Chapter 5: Planning for a vSphere Rollout 53

Chapter 6: Preparing Network and Storage for vSphere 65

Part III: Installing vSphere 73

Chapter 7: Installing VMware ESX 4 for the First Time 75

Chapter 8: Building the vCenter Server 89

Chapter 9: Getting Started with the vSphere Client 103

Part IV: Configuring and Connecting vSphere 111

Chapter 10: Configuring a New vCenter Server 113

Chapter 11: Wiring Up vSphere to the Network, Virtually 129

Chapter 12: Connecting vSphere to Shared Storage 149

Chapter 13: Assembling an ESX Cluster 171

Part V: Administering and Maintaining vSphere 181

Chapter 14: Creating, Cloning, and Converting VMs 183

Chapter 15: Organizing vSphere Resources 205

Chapter 16: Events, Alarms, and Monitoring 219

Chapter 17: A Quick Tour of Your Virtual Infrastructure 231

Chapter 18: One of These Hosts Is Not Like the Other — Host Profiles 241

Part VI: Tuning and Troubleshooting vSphere 259

Chapter 19: Making VMs Play Fair with Resource Pools 261

Chapter 20: Using vSphere Availability Features 271

Chapter 21: Troubleshooting vSphere 287

Part VII: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 22: Ten Tools to Make vSphere Management Easier 303

Chapter 23: Ten Places to Improve Your vSphere Know-How 313

Chapter 24: Ten Pro Tips for a Successful vSphere Deployment 317

Index 323

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Author Information

Dan Mitchell is Technical Director for DynamicOps and founder of www.StartsWithV.com, a Web site and blog focused on virtualization technology and the surrounding industry.

Tom Keegan has been working with VMware products for ten years and is certified as a VMware VCP and a Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4—Datacenter Design. He is a Technical Director at Fresenius Medical Care.

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