VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook


VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook
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  • Install and configure vSphere 5.1 core components
  • Learn important aspects of vSphere such as administration, security, and performance
  • Configure vSphere Management Assistant(VMA) to run commands/scripts without the need to authenticate every attempt

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 466 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : July 2013
ISBN : 1849684022
ISBN 13 : 9781849684026
Author(s) : Abhilash GB
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Cookbooks, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Upgrading to vSphere 5.1
Chapter 2: Performing a Fresh Installation of vSphere 5.1
Chapter 3: vSphere Auto Deploy
Chapter 4: ESXi Image Builder
Chapter 5: Creating and Managing VMFS Datastores
Chapter 6: Managing iSCSI and NFS Storage
Chapter 7: Profile-driven Storage and Storage I/O Control
Chapter 8: Configuring the vSphere Network
Chapter 9: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
Chapter 10: Configuring vSphere HA
Chapter 11: Configuring vSphere DRS, DPM, and VMware EVC
Chapter 12: Upgrading and Patching using vSphere Update Manager
Chapter 13: Using vSphere Management Assistant (vMA 5.1)
Index
  • Chapter 1: Upgrading to vSphere 5.1
    • Introduction
    • Carrying out pre-upgrade checks before performing a vCenter upgrade
    • Performing an in-place upgrade of vCenter Server
    • Creating a table space for SSO on a SQL instance
    • Creating DB users for the SSO database
    • Upgrading a 32-bit vCenter Server to vCenter 5.1
    • Upgrading to ESXi 5.1
    • Installing vSphere Web Client
    • Upgrading VMware Tools
    • Upgrading the virtual machine hardware
    • Chapter 2: Performing a Fresh Installation of vSphere 5.1
      • Introduction
      • Installing vCenter 5.1
      • Deploying a VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
      • Preparing vCenter Server Appliance for first use
      • Installing the vCenter Server Appliance update
      • Upgrading a vCenter Server Appliance
      • Installing ESXi 5.1
      • Performing a scripted install of the ESXi server
      • Chapter 3: vSphere Auto Deploy
        • Introduction
        • Installing the Auto Deploy server
        • Configuring a TFTP server with Auto Deploy files
        • Configuring the DHCP server for PXE boot
        • Testing the PXE boot configuration
        • Preparing VMware PowerCLI for first use
        • Downloading an ESXi Offline Bundle
        • Adding the Offline Bundle to the Auto Deploy server
        • Choosing an ESXi Image to deploy
        • Creating a Host Profile
        • Creating a deploy rule
        • Activating a deploy rule
        • Testing Auto Deploy
        • Enabling Stateless Caching
        • Performing an Auto Deploy stateful install
        • Chapter 4: ESXi Image Builder
          • Introduction
          • Creating an Image Profile by cloning an existing one
          • Removing an Image Profile
          • Adding a VIB (software package) to an Image Profile
          • Exporting an Image Profile as an ISO or Offline Bundle
          • Creating an Image Profile from scratch
          • Applying an Image Profile to the host
          • Chapter 5: Creating and Managing VMFS Datastores
            • Introduction
            • Viewing the LUNs presented to an ESXi host
            • Viewing the datastores seen by the ESXi host
            • Viewing the multipathing information of a LUN
            • Creating a VMFS datastore
            • Expanding/growing a VMFS datastore
            • Extending a VMFS datastore
            • Unmounting a VMFS datastore
            • Mounting a VMFS datastore
            • Deleting a VMFS datastore
            • Upgrading VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
            • Mounting VMFS on a snapshot LUN
            • Resignaturing VMFS on a snapshot LUN
            • Masking paths to a LUN
            • Unmasking paths to a LUN
            • Creating a datastore cluster
            • Enabling Storage DRS
            • Chapter 6: Managing iSCSI and NFS Storage
              • Introduction
              • Adding the software iSCSI adapter
              • Creating a new VMkernel interface for iSCSI or NFS
              • Preparing the vSphere network for iSCSI multipathing
              • Binding VMkernel interfaces to the software iSCSI adapter
              • Adding an iSCSI target server to the software iSCSI adapter
              • Creating an NFS datastore
              • Chapter 7: Profile-driven Storage and Storage I/O Control
                • Introduction
                • Adding a storage provider
                • Creating user-defined storage capabilities
                • Mapping user-defined storage capabilities to datastores
                • Creating a VM storage profile and enabling it
                • Assigning storage profiles to virtual machine disks and checking compliance
                • Enabling Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
                • Modifying disk shares on a VM
                • Chapter 8: Configuring the vSphere Network
                  • Introduction
                  • Creating a vSphere Standard Switch
                  • Deleting a vSphere Standard Switch
                  • Creating a VMkernel interface on a vSphere Standard Switch
                  • Deleting a port group
                  • Adding an uplink to a vSphere Standard Switch
                  • Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch
                  • Creating a distributed port group
                  • Adding hosts to a vSphere Distributed Switch
                  • Mapping a physical adapter (vmnic) to a dvUplink
                  • Migrating virtual machine network from vSphere Standard Switch to vSphere Distributed Switch
                  • Migrating management and VMkernel interfaces between vSphere Standard and Distributed Switches
                  • Creating a VMkernel interface on a vSphere Distributed Switch
                  • Exporting the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration
                  • Restoring the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration
                  • Importing a vSphere Distributed Switch into the datacenter from a backup
                  • Enabling port mirroring on a DSwitch
                  • Enabling NetFlow on a DSwitch
                  • Configuring private VLANs (PVLANs) on a DSwitch
                  • Chapter 9: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
                    • Introduction
                    • Creating a virtual machine
                    • Creating a new hard disk for a virtual machine
                    • Adding an existing hard disk to a virtual machine
                    • Attaching RDM to a virtual machine
                    • Mapping a virtual machine's vNIC to a different port group
                    • Adding a new virtual network adapter to a virtual machine
                    • Creating a virtual machine snapshot
                    • Deleting a virtual machine snapshot
                    • Reverting to a current virtual machine snapshot
                    • Going to a virtual machine snapshot
                    • Consolidating snapshots
                    • Exporting a virtual machine
                    • Chapter 10: Configuring vSphere HA
                      • Introduction
                      • Enabling vSphere HA on a cluster
                      • Setting host isolation response for an HA cluster
                      • Setting VM restart priority for an HA cluster
                      • Configuring VM monitoring
                      • Configuring datastore heartbeating
                      • Disabling host monitoring
                      • Configuring vSphere HA admission control
                      • Configuring a VM to override host monitoring and VM monitoring settings
                      • Chapter 11: Configuring vSphere DRS, DPM, and VMware EVC
                        • Introduction
                        • Enabling vSphere DRS on a cluster
                        • Choosing a DRS automation level
                        • Overriding the cluster automation level for a VM
                        • Setting a migration threshold
                        • Creating host and VM DRS groups
                        • Creating virtual machines to host affinity rules
                        • Creating "Inter-VM" affinity/anti-affinity rules
                        • Configuring vSphere Distributed Power Management (DPM)
                        • Enabling power management on a per-host level
                        • Configuring VMware EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compatibility)
                        • Chapter 12: Upgrading and Patching using vSphere Update Manager
                          • Introduction
                          • Preparing a database for vSphere Update Manager
                          • Installing vSphere Update Manager
                          • Installing the vSphere Update Manager plugin
                          • Adding a download source
                          • Creating a baseline
                          • Importing ESXi Images
                          • Creating a host baseline group
                          • Creating a VM and VA baseline group
                          • Remediating a host or a cluster
                          • Remediating a VM or a VA
                          • Staging patches
                          • Installing the Update Manager Download Service (UMDS)
                          • Configuring UMDS and downloading data
                          • Creating a shared repository
                          • Using a shared repository
                          • Chapter 13: Using vSphere Management Assistant (vMA 5.1)
                            • Introduction
                            • Deploying the vMA appliance
                            • Preparing vMA for first use
                            • Configuring vMA to join an existing domain
                            • Adding vCenter to vMA with AD authentication
                            • Adding vCenter to vMA with fastpass (fpauth) authentication
                            • Adding an ESXi host to vMA
                            • Reconfiguring an added target server
                            • Running CLI command on target servers

                            Abhilash GB

                            Abhilash GB specializes in the area of Datacenter Virtualization and Cloud Computing. He is also a VMware Certified Advanced Professional in Datacenter Administration (VCAP-DCA #382). He is currently working as a VMware Specialist at Hewlett-Packard, Bangalore. He has nine years of IT experience, which includes over 6 years on VMware products and technologies. His primary areas of interest include Datacenter Virtualization and Cloud Solutions using VMware technologies.
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                            What you will learn from this book

                            • Install and configure ESXi 5.1 and vCenter 5.1
                            • Manage the deployment of ESXi servers using Auto Deploy and Image Profiles
                            • Configure FC, iSCSI and NFS storage access to ESXi servers and manage the storage devices presented to the ESXi servers
                            • Configure vSphere Networking using vSphere Standard and vSphere Distributed Switches
                            • Learn to create and manage virtual machines
                            • Configure HA, DRS, DPM and EVC on an ESXi cluster
                            • Install VMware Update Manager (VUM) to upgrade and patch ESXi servers
                            • Configure vSphere Management Assistant(VMA) to run commands/scripts without the need to authenticate every attempt

                            In Detail

                            Amidst all the recent competition from Citrix and Microsoft, VMware’s vSphere product line is still the most feature rich and futuristic product in the virtualization industry. Knowing how to install and configure vSphere components is important to give yourself a head start towards virtualization using VMware.

                            If you want to quickly grasp the installation and configuration procedures, especially by using the new vSphere 5.1 web client, this book is for you.

                            VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook will take you through all the steps required to accomplish a task with minimal reading required. Most of the tasks are accompanied with relevant screenshots with an intention to provide a visual guidance as well.

                            The book has many useful recipes that will help you progress through the installation of VMware ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1. You will learn to use Auto Deploy and Image Profiles to deploy stateless/stateful ESXi servers, configure failover protection for virtual machines using vSphere HA, configure automated load balancing using vSphere DRS and DPM.

                            Finally, the book guides you through upgrading or patching ESXi servers using VMware Update Manager and also deploying and configuring vSphere Management Assistant (VMA) to be able to run scripts to manage the ESXi servers.

                            Approach

                            A fast-paced, task-oriented Cookbook covering recipes on the installation and configuration of vSphere 5.1 components. The recipes are accompanied with relevant screenshots with an intention to provide a visual guidance as well. The book concentrates more on the actual task rather than the theory around it, making it easier to understand what is really needed to achieve the task.

                            Who this book is for

                            This book is a guide for anyone who wants to learn how to install and configure VMware vSphere components. This is an excellent handbook for support professionals or for anyone intending to give themselves a head start in learning how to install and configure vSphere 5.1 components. It is also a good task-oriented reference material for consultants who design and deploy vSphere environments.

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