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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Understand the concepts of virtualization by deploying vSphere web client to perform vSphere administration
  • Learn important aspects of vSphere including administration, security, performance, and configuring vSphere Management Assistant (VMA) to run commands and scripts without the need to authenticate every attempt
  • VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook is a recipe-based guide to the administration of VMware vSphere

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 334 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2014
ISBN : 1782170065
ISBN 13 : 9781782170068
Author(s) : Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen, Aravind Sivaraman
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Cookbooks, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring ESXi
Chapter 2: Installing and Using vCenter
Chapter 3: Networking
Chapter 4: Storage
Chapter 5: Resource Management and High Availability
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
Chapter 7: Securing the ESXi Server and Virtual Machines
Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring and Alerts
Chapter 9: vSphere Update Manager
  • Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring ESXi
    • Introduction
    • Installing ESXi using Interactive Mode
    • Deploying ESXi hosts using scripted installation
    • Deploying ESXi hosts using Auto Deploy
    • Installing vSphere Client
    • Configuring NTP settings on the ESXi host
    • Configuring DNS and Routing
    • Licensing an ESXi host
  • Chapter 2: Installing and Using vCenter
    • Introduction
    • Installing vCenter SSO
    • Installing VMware vCenter
    • Installing vSphere Web Client
    • Installing vSphere Auto Deploy
    • Working with the vCenter inventory objects
    • Configuring the vCenter Server settings
    • Working with tags
    • Using schedule tasks
    • Managing the plug-ins in vCenter
    • Deploying the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Chapter 3: Networking
    • Introduction
    • Creating and deleting VM network port groups
    • Creating VMkernel port groups
    • Modifying vSwitch properties
    • Working with vSphere Distributed Switches
    • Configuring Private VLANs (PVLAN)
    • Working with advanced networking
    • Enabling jumbo frames
    • Configuring network policies
  • Chapter 4: Storage
    • Introduction
    • Implementing the iSCSI storage
    • Implementing FC and FCoE storages
    • Configuring Raw Device Mapping
    • Managing VMFS and NFS datastores
    • Configuring the storage profiles of a virtual machine
  • Chapter 5: Resource Management and High Availability
    • Introduction
    • Preparing hosts for vMotion
    • Implementing resource pools
    • Implementing Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
    • Implementing Distributed Power Management (DPM)
    • Implementing High Availability (HA)
    • Implementing Storage Dynamic Resource Scheduling (SDRS)
  • Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
    • Introduction
    • Deploying virtual machines
    • Installing and customizing a guest operating system
    • Configuring the ESXi host and VM for Fault Tolerance
    • Configuring virtual machine hardware
    • Configuring virtual machine's options
    • Creating snapshots, templates, and clones
  • Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring and Alerts
    • Introduction
    • Running vCenter performance monitoring graphs
    • Configuring SNMP for ESXi and vCenter
    • Running performance monitoring using ESXTOP
    • Configuring vCenter alarms
    • Managing log files
  • Chapter 9: vSphere Update Manager
    • Introduction
    • Installing Update Manager
    • Configuring Update Manager
    • Creating and managing baselines
    • Scanning and remediating vSphere objects
    • Configuring UMDS

Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen (@VMwareArena) is a subject matter expert for VMware virtualization technology and works as a system administrator in VMware Inc. where he provides high-level technical guidance to support and implement VMware's virtualization products. He is an author, a technology enthusiast, and a blogger focusing on virtualization and cloud computing.

He has over six years of high-level knowledge in remote infrastructure services, consulting, designing, implementing, and troubleshooting VMware virtualization technology. He is well known for his contribution towards the virtualization community through his virtualization blog (http://www.vmwarearena.com).

He holds many specialized certifications from VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix®, which includes VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCAP5-DCA, VCP-Cloud, MCTS-virtualization, CCA, and MCSA. Prior to joining VMware, he has served other large organizations such as CGI, Infosys, and Microsoft as a virtualization support engineer and a subject matter expert.

Aravind Sivaraman

Aravind Sivaraman is a virtualization engineer with over eight years of experience in the IT industry and for the past five years he has been focused on virtualization solutions, especially on VMware products. He holds different certifications from VMware, Microsoft, and Cisco and has been awarded the vExpert for the year 2013. He is a VMware Technology Network (VMTN) and Experts Exchange contributor and maintains his personal blog at http://aravindsivaraman.com/. He can be followed on Twitter at @ss_aravind.

He is also the technical reviewer for the book Troubleshooting vSphere Storage, Mike Preston, Packt Publishing.

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- 1 submitted: last submission 27 Mar 2014

type of errata: Typo | page no: 121

The numbered bullet should start from "1" instead of "6"

All the subsequent steps will be nuumbered accordingly.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Install ESXi, configure network management, and customize the host using host profiles
  • Understand the installation and configuration of the vCenter virtual appliance along with advanced vCenter server options
  • Configure the network for a virtual infrastructure using standard switch and distributed switch.
  • Configure various network policies and the private VLAN using vSphere web client
  • Implement and configure various storage options and optimize storage using storage I/O control and storage profiles
  • Create and configure various clusters including high availability(HA), distributed resource scheduler (DRS), dynamic power management (DPM), and storage DRS
  • Provision and manage virtual machines, configure fault tolerance for VMs, and understand the methods to use the snapshot, template, and clone tools
  • Secure ESXi hosts using firewall, configure AD authentication, and strengthen the security for virtual machines
  • Understand how to view performance graphs and export the graph for future reference Configure vCenter alarms and export logs for troubleshooting
  • Learn the installation steps of the update manager and upgrade the ESXi host and virtual machine using update manager

In Detail

VMware ESX and VMware ESXi hypervisors are used for providing the foundation for building and managing a virtualized IT infrastructure. vSphere 5.1 delivers the same industry-leading performance and scalability as prior vSphere releases, with several additional benefits including its improved reliability and security. VMware vSphere 5.1 is based on the ESXi hypervisor architecture, a thin purpose-built hypervisor that does not depend on a general purpose operating system, which does away with the requirement of persistent storage. So we can now store it on a dedicated compact storage device, drastically reducing the hypervisor install footprint to less than 150MB.

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" explores every aspect of VMware administration. We will learn to configure and to administer vSphere including high availability (HA), distributed resource scheduler (DRS), fault tolerance (FT), vMotion , svMotion, virtual machine provisioning, update manager, and distributed virtual switches. We will also explore advanced level operations with lots of tips and tricks to ease your job.

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" offers a comprehensive understanding of new features released with vSphere 5.1 and how it enhances your VMware virtual environment. Starting with the installation and configuration of ESXi and vCenter and followed by the configuration of various core components including the network, storage, virtual machine administration, security, performance, and patching, along with the high availability of the virtual infrastructure.

Also exploring how the vSphere environment can be secured, learn to monitor your virtual environment using default alarms available with the vCenter server and to collect performance reports for your vSphere environment.


"VMware ESXi 5.1" is written in a Cookbook style, learn through practical real world recipes and examples.

Who this book is for

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" is written for technical professionals with system administration skills and foundation knowledge of virtualization and who need to learn about the installation, configuration, and administration of vSphere 5.1. Essential virtualization and ESX or ESXi knowledge is advantageous.

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