VMware vCloud Director Cookbook


VMware vCloud Director Cookbook
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  • Learn how to work with the vCloud API
  • Covers the recently launched VMware vCloud Suite 5.5
  • Step-by-step instructions to simplify infrastructure provisioning
  • Real-life implementation of tested recipes, packed with illustrations and programming examples

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 364 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1782177663
ISBN 13 : 9781782177661
Author(s) : Daniel Langenhan
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Virtualization and Cloud, Cookbooks, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Setting Up Networks
Chapter 2: vCloud Networks
Chapter 3: Better vApps
Chapter 4: Datastores and Storage Profiles
Chapter 5: Working with the vCloud API
Chapter 6: Improving the vCloud Design
Chapter 7: Operational Challenges
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting vCloud
Appendix
Index
  • Chapter 1: Setting Up Networks
    • Introduction
    • Setting up an External Network
    • Creating 1,000 isolated networks without VXLANs
    • Making VXLANs work
    • Integrating the Cisco 1000v into vCD
    • Giving your networks an Edge
    • Doing it all(most) without a Distributed Switch
    • Chapter 2: vCloud Networks
      • Introduction
      • Deploying a vApp with a vApp router
      • Forwarding an RDP (or SSH) session into an isolated vApp
      • Accessing a fully isolated vApp or Organization Network
      • Using Organization Networks for interconnection between vApps
      • Using templates with firewall and NAT settings
      • Connecting a physical device to an isolated network
      • Sharpening the Edge
      • Using vApp Network fencing
      • Creating multitiered vApp Networks
      • Ensuring no change in IP after redeployment
      • Automatic IP management for External Network Pools
      • Creating load-balanced VMs in an organization
      • Creating a secure connection between organizations (which can be in different vClouds)
      • Monitoring which network resources have been used where
      • Chapter 3: Better vApps
        • Introduction
        • Proper vApp startup and shutdown
        • Adding a VM to a vApp
        • Importing a vApp into vCloud
        • Exporting a vApp from vCloud
        • Creating a sandbox environment
        • Using Guest Customization with pre and post deploy
        • Using PowerShell or Perl to perform Guest Customization tasks
        • Sharing a vApp
        • Joining VMs automatically to domains
        • Using vApp maintenance mode
        • Chapter 4: Datastores and Storage Profiles
          • Introduction
          • Adding a new storage profile to vCD
          • Using a specific datastore for templates
          • Using storage profiles for storage tiering
          • Making operations on NFS datastores faster
          • Working with vApp templates and their Shadows
          • Reducing the chain length of Linked Clones
          • Configuring storage alarms
          • Monitoring storage
          • The problems associated with the backup and restore of vCloud
          • Chapter 5: Working with the vCloud API
            • Introduction
            • Using PowerShell with vCloud Director
            • Accessing REST with Firefox
            • Accessing vCD via PHP
            • Using vCenter Orchestrator to automate vCloud
            • A scripted cell shutdown
            • Adding ISO files to vCD automatically
            • Chapter 6: Improving the vCloud Design
              • Introduction
              • Creating a naming standard
              • Using service accounts in the vCloud environment
              • Setting up networks for the vCloud VM
              • Working with vCloud roles
              • Keeping your templates under control
              • Choosing the right Allocation Model
              • Using OvDCs for compute tiering
              • Understanding how the different vCloud types impact the design
              • Retrofitting a shared directory into an existing vCD Cell
              • Connecting more than one vCloud Cell to the same infrastructure
              • Creating multiple vCD Cells for the same vCloud
              • Load balancing vCD
              • Working with catalogs in vCloud 5.5
              • Chapter 7: Operational Challenges
                • Loading Windows Sysprep packages in vCloud
                • Exchanging SSL certificates
                • Bypassing SSO login into vCloud
                • Backing up vCloud
                • Recovering the vCloud system
                • Changing the name of an organization
                • Shutting down and starting up the vCloud environment
                • Using metadata to improve provisioning
                • Using vSphere Host Profiles with vCloud
                • Using vCloud with vCenter Auto Deploy
                • Defining a vCloud development cycle
                • Making the VM BIOS ID (UUID) unique
                • Importing from Lab Manager into vCloud
                • Using branding to make vCloud look different
                • Putting an ESXi host into maintenance
                • Updating vCloud Cells without interruption
                • Updating a vCloud with only one cell
                • Updating a vCenter in vCloud
                • Updating vCNS
                • Expanding vCD resources
                • Resizing a VM hard disk
                • Cloning a running vApp
                • Removing infrastructure from vCloud
                • Chapter 8: Troubleshooting vCloud
                  • Introduction
                  • Looking for errors in the vCloud GUI
                  • Working with vCloud logfiles
                  • Creating and uploading VMware support files
                  • Setting up and using vSphere Syslog Collector
                  • Troubleshooting vCloud Router traffic
                  • Troubleshooting the Java client
                  • Recovering from an outage

                  Daniel Langenhan

                  Daniel Langenhan is a client-focused Virtualization Expert with more than 18 years of international industry experience. His skills span the breadth of virtualization, ranging from architecture, design, and implementation for large multitier enterprise client systems to delivering captivating education and training sessions in security technologies and practices to diverse audiences. In addition to this, he possesses an extensive knowledge and experience in process management, enterprise-level storage, Linux, and Solaris operating systems. Utilizing his extensive knowledge, experience, and skills, he has a proven track record of successful integration of virtualization into different business areas, while minimizing cost and maximizing reliability and effectiveness of the solutions for his clients. He has gained his experience with major Australian and international vendors and clients. Daniel's consulting company is well established with strong industry ties in many verticals, for example, finance, telecommunications, and print. His consulting business also provided services to VMware International. Daniel is the author of Instant VMware vCloud Starter, Packt Publishing and VMware View Security Essentials, Packt Publishing.
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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Make VXLANs work
                  • Access isolated vApp networks
                  • Fence vApps
                  • Import and export vApps
                  • Customize VMGuest
                  • Use PowerShell, PERL and REST to access the vCloud
                  • Load-balance vCloud Cells
                  • Whats new in vCloud 5.5 and how to use it
                  • Improve your vCloud Design

                  In Detail

                  VMware vCloud Director is an enterprise software solution that enables the building of secure, private clouds by pooling together infrastructure resources into virtual data centers. The tool enables self-service via a web interface to reduce the management overhead and offers amazing possibilities for production and development environments. Thus, the tool will ensure efficient management of resources with data center efficiency and business agility.

                  "VMWare VCloud Director Cookbook" will cover a lot of ground, ranging from easy to complex recipes. It will not only dive into networks, data-stores, and vApps, but also cover vCloud design improvements, troubleshooting, and the vCloud API.

                  "VMWare VCloud Director Cookbook" is split into different sections, each of which deals with a special topic in vCloud - from networks, to vApps, to storage and design. This book contains over 80 recipes with the difficulty levels ranging from simple to very advanced. You will learn how to automate vCloud easily and quickly with the API, and also learn how to isolate a vApp and still fully access it without risking the network. Design considerations that need to be addressed while deploying the vCloud and more will also be looked into.

                  "VMWare VCloud Director Cookbook" will make your life as an admin a lot easier by providing you with some good recipes that have been proven to work in small to large enterprises.

                  Approach

                  "VMware vCloud Director Cookbook" will adopt a Cookbook-based approach. Packed with illustrations and programming examples, this book explains the simple as well as the complex recipes in an easy-to-understand language.

                  Who this book is for

                  "VMware vCloud Director Cookbook" is aimed at system administrators and technical architects moving from a virtualized environment to cloud environments. Familiarity with cloud computing platforms and some knowledge of virtualization and managing cloud environments is expected.

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