VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook


VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook
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  • Innovative recipes, offering numerous practical solutions when designing virtualized datacenters
  • Identify the design factors—requirements, assumptions, constraints, and risks—by conducting stakeholder interviews and performing technical assessments
  • Increase and guarantee performance, availability, and workload efficiency with practical steps and design considerations

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 260 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2014
ISBN : 1782177000
ISBN 13 : 9781782177005
Author(s) : Hersey Cartwright
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Cookbooks, Enterprise


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: The Virtual Datacenter
Chapter 2: The Discovery Process
Chapter 3: The Design Factors
Chapter 4: The vSphere Management Design
Chapter 5: The vSphere Storage Design
Chapter 6: The vSphere Network Design
Chapter 7: The vSphere Compute Design
Chapter 8: The vSphere Physical Design
Chapter 9: The Virtual Machine Design
Chapter 10: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Chapter 11: The Design Documentation
Index
  • Chapter 1: The Virtual Datacenter
    • Introduction
    • Becoming a virtual datacenter architect
    • Using a holistic approach to datacenter design
    • Passing the VMware VCAP-DCD exam
  • Chapter 2: The Discovery Process
    • Introduction
    • Identifying the design factors
    • Identifying stakeholders
    • Conducting stakeholder interviews
    • VMware Capacity Planner
    • Using Windows Performance Monitor
    • Identifying dependencies
  • Chapter 3: The Design Factors
    • Introduction
    • Identifying design requirements
    • Identifying design constraints
    • Making design assumptions
    • Identifying design risks
    • Creating the conceptual design
  • Chapter 4: The vSphere Management Design
    • Introduction
    • Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
    • Selecting a vCenter deployment option
    • Determining the vCenter system requirements
    • Selecting a database for vCenter deployment
    • Determining database interoperability
    • Choosing a vCenter Single Sign-On deployment mode
    • Designing for management availability
    • Backing up the vCenter Server components
    • Using vCenter Server Heartbeat to provide vCenter availability
    • Securing the management components
    • Designing a separate management cluster
  • Chapter 5: The vSphere Storage Design
    • Introduction
    • Identifying RAID levels
    • Calculating storage capacity requirements
    • Determining storage performance requirements
    • Calculating storage throughput
    • Storage connectivity options
    • Storage path selection plugins
    • Sizing datastores
  • Chapter 6: The vSphere Network Design
    • Introduction
    • Determining network bandwidth requirements
    • Standard or distributed virtual switches
    • Providing network availability
    • Virtual switch security
    • Network resource management
    • Using private VLANs
    • IP storage network design considerations
    • vMotion network design considerations
  • Chapter 7: The vSphere Compute Design
    • Introduction
    • Calculating CPU resource requirements
    • Calculating memory resource requirements
    • Scaling up or scaling out
    • Determining the vCPU-to-core ratio
    • Clustering compute resources
    • Reserving HA resources to support failover
    • Using distributed resource scheduling to balance cluster resources
    • Ensuring cluster vMotion compatibility
  • Chapter 8: The vSphere Physical Design
    • Introduction
    • Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
    • Understanding the physical storage design
    • Understanding the physical network design
    • Creating the physical compute design
    • Creating a custom ESXi image
    • Best practices for ESXi host BIOS settings
  • Chapter 9: The Virtual Machine Design
    • Introduction
    • Right-sizing virtual machines
    • Enabling CPU Hot Add and Memory Hot Plug
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Using vApps to organize virtualized applications
    • Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone
  • Chapter 10: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
    • Introduction
    • Backing up ESXi host configurations
    • Configuring ESXi host logging
    • Backing up virtual distributed switch configurations
    • Deploying VMware Data Protection
    • Using VMware Data Protection to back up virtual machines
    • Replicating virtual machines with vSphere Replication
    • Protecting the virtual datacenter with Site Recovery Manager
  • Chapter 11: The Design Documentation
    • Introduction
    • Creating the architecture design document
    • Writing an implementation plan
    • Developing an installation guide
    • Creating a validation test plan
    • Writing operational procedures
    • Presenting the design
    • Implementing the design

Hersey Cartwright

Hersey Cartwright has worked in the technology industry since 1996 in many roles, from helpdesk support to IT management. He began working with VMware technologies in 2006. He was the key sponsor of the virtualization initiative at ABNB Federal Credit Union and played a key role in the design, implementation, and management of virtual infrastructure of the ABNB.

In his current role as the Senior Virtualization Engineer at ABS Technology Architects, he is responsible for the design and implementation of VMware environments that support a wide range of business applications. He does most of his work with small- and medium-sized environments with 3 to 10 hosts, but he has also been involved with several large, multisite deployments. He has had experience working with a wide variety of server and storage platforms.

Since January 2011, he has been an instructor with the VMware IT Academy program at the Tidewater Community College, where he teaches the VMware Install, Configure, and Manage vSphere 5 and the Optimize and Scale vSphere 5 courses. He has designed and implemented the lab environment used by the students in the virtualization and security programs offered at the Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College. He enjoys teaching and learns a lot by teaching others about the benefits of virtualization.

Along with VMware certifications, he also holds certifications from Citrix for XenApp and XenDesktop and the Information Storage Associate (EMCISA) certification from EMC.

He actively participates in the VMware community and has been awarded the vExpert title in both 2012 and 2013. He has presented multiple articles at professionalvmware.com on vBrownBags on vSphere administration, vSphere design, and vSphere disaster recovery. He regularly blogs about virtualization and other technologies at http://www.vhersey.com/.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Identify key factors related to a vSphere design and apply them to every step of the design process
  • Create a vSphere conceptual design by identifying technical and business requirements
  • Design for performance, availability, recoverability, manageability, and security
  • Map the logical resource design into the physical vSphere design
  • Create professional vSphere design documentation to ensure a successful implementation of the vSphere design

In Detail

VMware vSphere 5.x provides a robust and resilient platform for virtualizing server and application workloads in datacenters. The features available in VMware’s vSphere 5.x suite of products simplify the management of resources, increase the availability of applications, and guarantee the performance of workloads deployed in the virtualized datacenters. "VMware vSphere 5.x Design Cookbook" covers the design process from creating the conceptual design, to determining the resource requirements for the logical design, and then on to creating the physical design.

"VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook" begins with the process of identifying the design factors and applying them to the logical and physical design process in order to create a successful vSphere 5.x design. The key to a successful VMware vSphere 5.x design is the design’s ability to satisfy the design factors. This Cookbook walks you through the process of identifying the design factors which include the requirements the design must satisfy and the assumptions the architect makes to form the conceptual design.

From the conceptual design, the logical design is created. The logical design process includes determining the architecture of and the resources required for the management, storage, network, and compute resources. This Cookbook includes recipes for calculating the resources required and determining the architecture and features to use while applying VMware recommended practices.

The physical design takes the logical design requirements and maps them to the physical infrastructure required to support the resources. "VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook" offers recipes to determine the physical resources and configuration required to support the logical design while satisfying the design factors. Finally, the book provides recipes for creating design documentation. Documenting the design, the implementation procedures, and the verification procedures are also covered towards the end of the book.

Approach

A practical guide packed with step-by-step recipes to design a virtual datacenter using VMware 5.x

Who this book is for

This book is a guide for anyone interested in designing virtualized datacenters using VMware vSphere 5.x and the supporting components. Current administrators of VMware vSphere environments will find this book useful when interested in becoming a vSphere Architect or are interested in learning more about the virtual datacenter design process. Knowledge of vSphere installation, configuration, and administration is a prerequisite.

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