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VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

Hersey Cartwright

This recipe-driven tutorial is the easy way to master VMware vSphere to design a virtual datacenter. You’ll learn in simple steps that cover everything from initial groundwork to creating professional design documentation.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782177005
Paperback260 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Virtual Datacenter
Becoming a virtual datacenter architect
Using a holistic approach to datacenter design
Passing the VMware VCAP-DCD exam
Chapter 2: The Discovery Process
Identifying the design factors
Identifying stakeholders
Conducting stakeholder interviews
VMware Capacity Planner
Using Windows Performance Monitor
Identifying dependencies
Chapter 3: The Design Factors
Identifying design requirements
Identifying design constraints
Making design assumptions
Identifying design risks
Creating the conceptual design
Chapter 4: The vSphere Management Design
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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