VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials

VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Understand the requirements to build a strong virtual foundation and the features that can support your VMware environment
  • Monitor and automate the tools available to make your VMware vSphere environment more efficient
  • Packed with practical methods and techniques that will enhance your resource management in VMware

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 112 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : February 2014
ISBN : 1782170464
ISBN 13 : 9781782170464
Author(s) : Jonathan Frappier
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding vSphere System Requirements
Chapter 2: Assigning Resources to VMs
Chapter 3: Advanced Resource Management Features
Chapter 4: Automation and Monitoring Options
  • Chapter 1: Understanding vSphere System Requirements
    • ESXi system requirements
    • vCenter components
    • Understanding vSphere features
    • Topology basics
      • Understanding vSphere data center
      • Familiarizing yourself with a vSphere cluster
      • What is a vSphere host?
    • Remembering configuration maximums
      • Virtual machine maximums (per VM)
      • ESXi host maximums (per host)
      • Cluster maximums
    • Determining resource utilization requirements
      • Monitoring common resource statistics
      • Sample workload
      • Collecting statistics on Windows
      • Collecting statistics on Linux
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Assigning Resources to VMs
    • The basics of overcommitment and virtualization
    • CPU scheduling and the effect of multiple vCPU VMs
    • Memory assignment and management
      • Memory overhead
      • Transparent page sharing and memory compression
      • Ballooning
    • The VSWP swap file
      • Monitoring memory usage
    • Storage considerations and their effects on performance
      • What is IOPS?
      • RAID
    • VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI)
      • Connectivity and throughput
      • VMFS
      • VM disk provisioning
      • Monitoring storage
      • Networking
      • Uplinks
      • What is a vSwitch?
      • Monitoring network connectivity with ESXTOP
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Advanced Resource Management Features
    • Understanding CPU power management
    • Reservations, limits, and shares
      • Resource limits
      • Resource shares
    • Resource pools
    • vApps
    • vMotion
    • Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC)
      • How to enable EVC
    • DRS
    • DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • High Availability
      • Admission control
    • App HA
    • Fault Tolerance
    • Hot Add
    • Storage vMotion, Storage DRS, and Datastore clusters
    • Storage vMotion
    • Datastore clusters
    • Storage DRS
    • vSphere Distributed Switches
    • New in vSphere 5.5
    • vSphere Flash Read Cache
    • VSAN
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Automation and Monitoring Options
    • Automation solutions for vSphere
      • Cloning VMs
      • VM templates
    • Update Manager
    • Host profiles
    • Auto deploy
    • PowerCLI basics
    • vCenter Orchestrator basics
    • Automating resource management
      • Creating a new VM
      • Creating a new VM with PowerCLI
      • Creating a new VM with vCO
    • Community automation resources
    • Available monitoring options
      • Alarms
      • Configuring an alarm
      • vCenter Operations Manager
    • Summary

Jonathan Frappier

Jonathan Frappier is a hands-on technology professional with over 15 years of experience in VMware-virtualized environments, focusing on system interoperability. He has specialization at the intersection of system administration, virtualization, security, cloud computing, and social enterprise collaboration.

He had not touched a computer until high school but then quickly found his passion. Jonathan holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Newbury College and a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, which he completed while working full time. He holds VMware certifications, including VCAP5-DCD, VCP5-DCV, VCA-Cloud, DCV, and WM.

Jonathan has worked in enterprises and start-ups throughout his career and has become a self-defined jack of all trades, but he is most passion ate about virtualization and its community, and was honored as a vExpert 2013 for his contributions.

You can find Jonathan on Twitter @jfrappier, and on his blog at www.virtxpert.com as well as at almost every Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG) meet. He also supports the #vBrownBag podcast at professionalvmware.com.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Find out the requirements for installing ESXi and vCenter and determine whether your hardware is compatible
  • Discover how ESXi manages access to resources for multiple virtual machines
  • Familiarize yourself with ESXTOP and the methods to use it to monitor resources
  • Expand your knowledge of the features available with different versions of VMware vSphere, and methods to enable and configure them
  • Get acquainted with the automation features available with VMware vSphere to improve your environment efficiency
  • Unleash the monitoring options available with VMware vSphere to be alerted when there is a problem

In Detail

vSphere is the flagship suit of Server virtualization, cloud deployment, and management. VMware vSphere comes with features that help you prepare a robust foundation to build virtual environments. You might have an already-built vSphere deployment, but managing the resources of your vSphere environment is crucial in order to save time and improve productivity.

This practical guide provides readers with a high-level understanding of the various components, methodologies and general best practices for maintaining and managing resources in a virtual environment.

Readers will begin the book with an explanation of the requirements for ESXi, the groundwork for VMware vSphere, and move through a comprehensive study of how resources are supplied. We’ll then progress with showing you the characteristics that enable resource and virtual machine availability.

With a solid understanding of the requirements to build and run your environment, you then move on to understanding how ESXi manages resources such as CPU, memory, disk, and networks for multiple virtual machines and how it ensures resource availability. Finally, you will be made aware of the options available with Vmware vSphere to automate and monitor your environment.

Readers will go through a learning curve of understanding the components, identifying the course of action, and putting it to practice.


This concise guide follows a practical approach, covering solutions and methods to manage resources for virtualization.

Who this book is for

If you are a vSphere administrator who wants to understand new features or an administrator aspiring to start your virtualization journey with VMware vSphere and want to learn how to manage your resources, this book is for you. Readers are expected to have some prior knowledge of virtualization technology.

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