Mastering VMware vSphere Storage

Monitor and optimize the storage capabilities of your vSphere environment
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Mastering VMware vSphere Storage

Victor Wu, Eagle Huang

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Monitor and optimize the storage capabilities of your vSphere environment

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ISBN 139781782174851
Paperback246 pages

Book Description

vSphere Storage is one of the three main infrastructure components of a vSphere deployment (Compute, Storage, and Network).

Mastering VMware vSphere Storage begins with an insightful introduction to virtualization and creating your own virtual machines. We then talk about VMware vCenter Server and virtual machine management, as well as managing vSphere 5 using vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) and esxcli and vmware-cmd commands. We then swiftly move on to a very interesting topic, reviewing the vSphere performance and troubleshooting methodology. We then configure VM storage profiles, Storage DRS, and Storage I/O control. More significantly, we will troubleshoot and analyze storage using the VMware CLI and learn how to configure iSCSI storage.

By the end of the book, you will be able to identify useful information to make virtual machine and virtual data center design decisions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with vSphere 5.x and vCenter 5.x
Physical and virtual architecture
A comparison between physical and virtual machines
Installing the VMware ESXi host
Installing VMware vCenter Server
Installing the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Connecting to vCenter Server with vSphere Client
Connecting to vCenter Server with vSphere Web Client
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started with vSphere Management Assistant
Deploying vMA
Configuring ESXi technical support mode
Using the VMware commands
Reviewing ESXi and vCenter Server logs
Summary
Chapter 3: Using the Virtual Machine Monitor
The VMware vSphere ESXi architecture
Understanding the VMM
Software and hardware virtualization techniques
Using vSphere performance monitoring tools
Summary
Chapter 4: Storage Scalability
vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
Virtual machine storage profile
VMware vSphere Storage DRS
VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
Summary
Chapter 5: Optimizing Storage
Concepts of storage virtualization
Monitoring vSphere storage
vSphere storage management using the command line
Troubleshooting vSphere storage performance problems
Summary
Chapter 6: vSphere Storage Configuration Settings
vSphere storage components
LUN masking
vSphere 5 storage maximums
Identifying the vSphere log used to troubleshoot a storage problem
Summary
Chapter 7: Analyzing vSphere Storage by CLI
Analyzing PSA and multipathing using esxcli
Applying VMFS volume copies resignaturing
Troubleshooting VMware snapshots and VMFS resignaturing
VMFS DataStore volume unmounting
Identifying and tagging SSD devices
Summary
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting vSphere FC Storage
The vSphere Fibre Channel storage component
A vSphere Fibre Channel storage troubleshooting example
Summary
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting vSphere iSCSI Storage
vSphere iSCSI storage components
vSphere iSCSI storage troubleshooting examples
Summary
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting vSphere NFS Storage
vSphere NFS storage components
A vSphere NFS storage case study
A vSphere NFS storage troubleshooting example
Summary
Chapter 11: vSphere Storage Design
Storage design key points
The vSphere storage architecture
Getting started with vSphere storage design
Summary
Chapter 12: ESXi Host Design
ESXi host design key points
Host naming conventions
An ESXi host design example
Summary
Chapter 13: Virtual Machine Design
Virtual machine design key points
A virtual machine design example
Summary
Chapter 14: vSphere Virtual Datacenter Design
vSphere virtual datacenter design key points
A vSphere virtual datacenter design example
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Manage vSphere 5 using vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) and esxcli and vmware-cmd commands
  • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)
  • Design a storage solution to use vSphere in an enterprise
  • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
  • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Use performance charts and the resxtop utility
  • Configure VM storage profiles, Storage DRS, and Storage I/O control
  • Explore vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) and Storage Awareness (VASA)
  • Troubleshoot storage performance problems

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with vSphere 5.x and vCenter 5.x
Physical and virtual architecture
A comparison between physical and virtual machines
Installing the VMware ESXi host
Installing VMware vCenter Server
Installing the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Connecting to vCenter Server with vSphere Client
Connecting to vCenter Server with vSphere Web Client
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started with vSphere Management Assistant
Deploying vMA
Configuring ESXi technical support mode
Using the VMware commands
Reviewing ESXi and vCenter Server logs
Summary
Chapter 3: Using the Virtual Machine Monitor
The VMware vSphere ESXi architecture
Understanding the VMM
Software and hardware virtualization techniques
Using vSphere performance monitoring tools
Summary
Chapter 4: Storage Scalability
vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
Virtual machine storage profile
VMware vSphere Storage DRS
VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
Summary
Chapter 5: Optimizing Storage
Concepts of storage virtualization
Monitoring vSphere storage
vSphere storage management using the command line
Troubleshooting vSphere storage performance problems
Summary
Chapter 6: vSphere Storage Configuration Settings
vSphere storage components
LUN masking
vSphere 5 storage maximums
Identifying the vSphere log used to troubleshoot a storage problem
Summary
Chapter 7: Analyzing vSphere Storage by CLI
Analyzing PSA and multipathing using esxcli
Applying VMFS volume copies resignaturing
Troubleshooting VMware snapshots and VMFS resignaturing
VMFS DataStore volume unmounting
Identifying and tagging SSD devices
Summary
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting vSphere FC Storage
The vSphere Fibre Channel storage component
A vSphere Fibre Channel storage troubleshooting example
Summary
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting vSphere iSCSI Storage
vSphere iSCSI storage components
vSphere iSCSI storage troubleshooting examples
Summary
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting vSphere NFS Storage
vSphere NFS storage components
A vSphere NFS storage case study
A vSphere NFS storage troubleshooting example
Summary
Chapter 11: vSphere Storage Design
Storage design key points
The vSphere storage architecture
Getting started with vSphere storage design
Summary
Chapter 12: ESXi Host Design
ESXi host design key points
Host naming conventions
An ESXi host design example
Summary
Chapter 13: Virtual Machine Design
Virtual machine design key points
A virtual machine design example
Summary
Chapter 14: vSphere Virtual Datacenter Design
vSphere virtual datacenter design key points
A vSphere virtual datacenter design example
Summary

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