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Implementing VMware vCenter Server

Konstantin Kuminsky

This book starts with the basics then leads you by the hand through a complete Vmware vCenter Server implementation course. Designed to help you administer and manage your environment on a day to day basis.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689984
Paperback324 pages

About This Book

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the VMware vCenter features, requirements, and deployment process
  • Manage hosts, virtual machines, and learn storage management in VMware vCenter server
  • Overview of VMware vCenter Operations Manager and VMware vCenter Orchestrator

Who This Book Is For

If you are an administrator or a technician starting with VMware, with little or no knowledge of virtualization products, this book is ideal for you. Even if you are an IT professional looking to expand your existing environment, you will be able to use this book to help you improve the management of these environments. IT managers will find it helpful in terms of improving cost efficiency, ensuring required levels of service and utilising its excellent reporting abilities.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: vCenter Deployment
Key vCenter functions and capabilities
VMware terminologies – vSphere, ESX, ESXi, hypervisor, and VMFS
vSphere component layers
The VMware licensing model
Planning the vSphere environment
Installing the Management Suite
Configuring a database for vCenter Server
Accessing vCenter with vSphere Client
Accessing vCenter with web client
Chapter 2: Managing ESXi Hosts
Adding and removing existing hosts
EVC mode
Host Profiles
Chapter 3: Virtual Machine Management
Creating a new VM
VMware Tools
Cloning the existing VM
Deploying a VM from a template
Importing/exporting an OVF template
Chapter 4: Availability Management
Reducing planned and unplanned downtime
Creating a vSphere HA cluster
Fault Tolerance
Chapter 5: Security Management
User management
Securing ESXi
Chapter 6: Resource Management
Resource allocation
Resource pools
Chapter 7: Events, Alarms, and Automated Actions
Events, alarms, and system monitoring
Viewing and scheduling tasks
The Update Manager plugin
Chapter 8: VMware vCenter Operations
Installing and configuring vCenter Operations
Evaluation tasks
Chapter 9: VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Installing and configuring vCenter Orchestrator
Administering vCenter Orchestrator

What You Will Learn

  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server and ESXi hosts
  • Create and clone virtual machines and work with templates
  • Reduce downtime, and configure and manage availability features
  • Allocate resources, and configure resource pools and DRS
  • Manage users
  • Secure ESXi hosts
  • Learn to use alerts
  • Work with VMware vCenter Operations Manager
  • Get to grips with VMware vCenter Orchestrator

In Detail

Virtualization is a hot topic today. It saves time and effort for IT professionals as well as helping to keep infrastructure costs down and makes the IT industry greener. VMware, one of the major players on the virtualization market, offers great scalability and reliability features, professional support, and constantly works on improvements for their products. VMware vCenter Server is a necessary component of any professional vSphere implementation. It offers a great variety of features and capabilities that simplify an administrator’s day-to-day work.

This book is a practical and hands-on guide to VMware vCenter Server, providing a description of its features and capabilities as well as useful tips on doing day-to-day administrative tasks.

This book starts with an introduction to VMware vCenter Server, describing requirements and deployment steps along the way. It takes you through a description of product features and different aspects of administration giving useful tips for day-to-day tasks. You will learn how to deploy VMware vCenter Server, and how to manage hosts and virtual machines. You will also take a look at security features, availability, resource management, and discuss monitoring and automation topics.

The last two chapters will describe additional products that can be used together with VMware vCenter Server: VMware vCenter Operations Manager and VMware vCenter Orchestrator. If you want to learn how VMware vCenter Server can help with managing your environment, then this is the book for you.


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