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VMware ESXi Cookbook

Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen, Aravind Sivaraman

Everything you need to know about installing, configuring, and administering vSphere 5.1 is contained in this book in the form of practical real-world recipes and examples. It makes learning a natural, engaging process.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782170068
Paperback334 pages

About This Book

  • Understand the concepts of virtualization by deploying vSphere web client to perform vSphere administration
  • Learn important aspects of vSphere including administration, security, performance, and configuring vSphere Management Assistant (VMA) to run commands and scripts without the need to authenticate every attempt
  • VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook is a recipe-based guide to the administration of VMware vSphere

Who This Book Is For

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" is written for technical professionals with system administration skills and foundation knowledge of virtualization and who need to learn about the installation, configuration, and administration of vSphere 5.1. Essential virtualization and ESX or ESXi knowledge is advantageous.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring ESXi
Installing ESXi using Interactive Mode
Deploying ESXi hosts using scripted installation
Deploying ESXi hosts using Auto Deploy
Installing vSphere Client
Configuring NTP settings on the ESXi host
Configuring DNS and Routing
Licensing an ESXi host
Chapter 2: Installing and Using vCenter
Installing vCenter SSO
Installing VMware vCenter
Installing vSphere Web Client
Installing vSphere Auto Deploy
Working with the vCenter inventory objects
Configuring the vCenter Server settings
Working with tags
Using schedule tasks
Managing the plug-ins in vCenter
Deploying the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Chapter 3: Networking
Creating and deleting VM network port groups
Creating VMkernel port groups
Modifying vSwitch properties
Working with vSphere Distributed Switches
Configuring Private VLANs (PVLAN)
Working with advanced networking
Enabling jumbo frames
Configuring network policies
Chapter 4: Storage
Implementing the iSCSI storage
Implementing FC and FCoE storages
Configuring Raw Device Mapping
Managing VMFS and NFS datastores
Configuring the storage profiles of a virtual machine
Chapter 5: Resource Management and High Availability
Preparing hosts for vMotion
Implementing resource pools
Implementing Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
Implementing Distributed Power Management (DPM)
Implementing High Availability (HA)
Implementing Storage Dynamic Resource Scheduling (SDRS)
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
Deploying virtual machines
Installing and customizing a guest operating system
Configuring the ESXi host and VM for Fault Tolerance
Configuring virtual machine hardware
Configuring virtual machine's options
Creating snapshots, templates, and clones
Chapter 7: Securing the ESXi Server and Virtual Machines
Configuring the ESXi firewall
Enabling the Lockdown mode
Managing ESXi authentication
Managing ESXi certificates
Configuring logging for virtual machines
Configuring security settings for virtual machines
Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring and Alerts
Running vCenter performance monitoring graphs
Configuring SNMP for ESXi and vCenter
Running performance monitoring using ESXTOP
Configuring vCenter alarms
Managing log files
Chapter 9: vSphere Update Manager
Installing Update Manager
Configuring Update Manager
Creating and managing baselines
Scanning and remediating vSphere objects
Configuring UMDS

What You Will Learn

  • Install ESXi, configure network management, and customize the host using host profiles
  • Understand the installation and configuration of the vCenter virtual appliance along with advanced vCenter server options
  • Configure the network for a virtual infrastructure using standard switch and distributed switch.
  • Configure various network policies and the private VLAN using vSphere web client
  • Implement and configure various storage options and optimize storage using storage I/O control and storage profiles
  • Create and configure various clusters including high availability(HA), distributed resource scheduler (DRS), dynamic power management (DPM), and storage DRS
  • Provision and manage virtual machines, configure fault tolerance for VMs, and understand the methods to use the snapshot, template, and clone tools
  • Secure ESXi hosts using firewall, configure AD authentication, and strengthen the security for virtual machines
  • Understand how to view performance graphs and export the graph for future reference Configure vCenter alarms and export logs for troubleshooting
  • Learn the installation steps of the update manager and upgrade the ESXi host and virtual machine using update manager

In Detail

VMware ESX and VMware ESXi hypervisors are used for providing the foundation for building and managing a virtualized IT infrastructure. vSphere 5.1 delivers the same industry-leading performance and scalability as prior vSphere releases, with several additional benefits including its improved reliability and security. VMware vSphere 5.1 is based on the ESXi hypervisor architecture, a thin purpose-built hypervisor that does not depend on a general purpose operating system, which does away with the requirement of persistent storage. So we can now store it on a dedicated compact storage device, drastically reducing the hypervisor install footprint to less than 150MB.

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" explores every aspect of VMware administration. We will learn to configure and to administer vSphere including high availability (HA), distributed resource scheduler (DRS), fault tolerance (FT), vMotion , svMotion, virtual machine provisioning, update manager, and distributed virtual switches. We will also explore advanced level operations with lots of tips and tricks to ease your job.

"VMware ESXi 5.1 Cookbook" offers a comprehensive understanding of new features released with vSphere 5.1 and how it enhances your VMware virtual environment. Starting with the installation and configuration of ESXi and vCenter and followed by the configuration of various core components including the network, storage, virtual machine administration, security, performance, and patching, along with the high availability of the virtual infrastructure.

Also exploring how the vSphere environment can be secured, learn to monitor your virtual environment using default alarms available with the vCenter server and to collect performance reports for your vSphere environment.


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