VMware vSphere 6.5 Cookbook - Third Edition

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Cookbook - Third Edition

Abhilash G B, Cedric Rajendran

Deploy and manage VMware vSphere 6.5 components with ease.

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ISBN 139781787127418
Paperback539 pages

Book Description

VMware vSphere is a complete and robust virtualization product suite that helps transform data centers into simplified on-premises cloud infrastructures, providing for the automation and orchestration of workload deployment and life cycle management of the infrastructure. This book focuses on the latest release of VMware vSphere and follows a recipe-based approach, giving you hands-on instructions required to deploy and manage a vSphere environment.

The book starts with the procedures involved in upgrading your existing vSphere infrastructure to vSphere 6.5, followed by deploying a new vSphere 6.5 environment. Then the book delves further into the procedures involved in managing storage and network access to the ESXi hosts and the virtual machines running on them. Moving on, the book covers high availability and fair distribution/utilization of clustered compute and storage resources.

Finally, the book covers patching and upgrading the vSphere infrastructure using VUM, certificate management using VMCA, and finishes with a chapter covering the tools that can be used to monitor the performance of a vSphere infrastructure.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Upgrading to vSphere 6.5
Introduction 
vSphere 6.5 core components
Planning vSphere upgrade
Upgrading from vSphere 5.5 or 6.0 to vSphere 6.5
Upgrading vCenter Server running Microsoft Windows
Using the vCenter 6.5 Migration Assistant 
Upgrading vCenter Server – Migrating from Microsoft Windows to VCSA
Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance
Upgrading ESXi Hypervisor
Chapter 2: Greenfield Deployment of vSphere 6.5
Introduction
Deploying vSphere ESXi 6.5
Configuring ESXi Management Network
Deploying vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
Deploying External Platform Services controllers
Deploying vCenter Servers in Enhanced Linked Mode
Configuring SSO identity sources
Assigning users and groups to vCenter Server
Chapter 3: Using vSphere Host Profiles
Introduction
Preparing a reference host
Creating Host Profiles
Attaching/detaching ESXi hosts to/from a Host Profile
Performing host customizations
Checking Host Profile compliance of ESXi host(s)
Scheduling Host Profile compliance checks
Remediating non-compliant ESXi hosts
Using Host Profiles to push a configuration change
Copying settings between Host Profiles
Exporting Host Profiles
Duplicating Host Profiles
Chapter 4: Using ESXi Image Builder
Introduction
Enabling ESXi Image Builder service for vSphere Web Client GUI
Preparing an ESXi Image Builder CLI environment
Downloading an ESXi offline bundle
Importing a software depot
Creating an online software depot
Creating a custom depot
Creating image profiles using an existing image profile
Creating image profiles from scratch
Comparing image profiles
Moving image profiles between software depots
Exporting image profiles
Chapter 5: Using vSphere Auto Deploy
Introduction
Enabling vSphere auto deploy service
Configuring TFTP server with the files required to PXE boot
Configuring the DHCP server to work with auto deploy
Preparing vSphere environment – create host profile, configure the deploy rules and activate them
Enabling stateless caching
Enabling stateful install
Chapter 6: Using vSphere Standard Switches
Introduction
Creating a vSphere Standard Switch
Creating VMkernel interfaces on a vSphere Standard Switch
Creating custom VMkernel TCP/IP stacks
Creating virtual machine port groups on a vSphere Standard Switch
Managing the physical uplinks of a vSwitch
Configuring security, traffic shaping, teaming, and failover on a vSphere Standard Switch
Chapter 7: Using vSphere Distributed Switches
Introduction
Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch
Connecting hosts to a vSphere Distributed Switch
Creating a vSphere Distributed port group
Managing physical adapter (vmnic) to dvUplink mappings
Migrating a virtual machine network from a vSphere Standard Switch (vSwitch ) to a vSphere Distributed Switch (dvSwitch)
Migrating VMkernel interfaces between vSphere Standard (vSwitch) and vSphere Distributed Switches (dvSwitch)
Creating additional VMkernel interfaces on a vSphere Distributed Switch (dvSwitch)
Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch backup
Restoring dvSwitch from a backup
Creating or importing a dvSwitch from a backup
Configuring security, traffic shaping, teaming, and failover on a dvSwitch
Configuring VLANs on a vSphere Standard or Distributed Switch
Configuring private VLANs on a dvSwitch
Configuring LAGs on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Creating user-defined network resource pools
Using port mirroring on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Enabling NetFlow on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Chapter 8: Creating and Managing VMFS Datastore
Introduction
Viewing the LUNs presented to an ESXi host
Viewing datastores available on an ESXi host
Creating a VMFS datastore
Managing multipathing configuration of a VMFS datastore
Expanding or growing a VMFS datastore
Extending a VMFS datastore
Unmounting and detaching VMFS volumes
Re-mounting a VMFS datastore
Deleting VMFS datastores
Upgrading from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
Managing VMFS volumes detected as snapshots
Masking paths to a LUN
Unmasking paths to a LUN
Chapter 9: Managing Access to the iSCSI and NFS Storage
Introduction
Adding the software iSCSI adapter
Configuring iSCSI multipathing using port binding
Configuring access to an iSCSI target server
Creating NFSv3 datastores
Creating NFSv4.1 datastores with Kerberos authentication
Chapter 10: Storage IO Control, Storage DRS, and Profile Driven Storage
Introduction
Settings disk shares on virtual machine disks
Enabling Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
Integrating a VASA provider with the vCenter Server
Using vCenter tags to define storage capabilities
Creating VM storage policies
Assigning VM storage policies
Chapter 11: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
Introduction
Creating a virtual machine
Creating a new hard disk for a virtual machine
Adding an existing disk to a virtual machine
Attaching a Raw Device Mapping to a virtual machine
Mapping a virtual machine's vNIC to a different port group
Creating virtual machine snapshots
Deleting a virtual machine snapshot
Restoring a snapshot in linear snapshot tree
Switching to an arbitrary virtual machine snapshot
Consolidating snapshots
Converting a virtual machine to a template
Cloning a virtual machine to template
Exporting to an OVF template
Deploying a virtual machine from an OVF template
Creating a local content library
Creating a subscribed content library
Chapter 12: Configuring vSphere 6.5 High Availability
Introduction
Enabling vSphere HA on a cluster
Configuring vSphere HA Admission Control
Setting the host isolation response for a HA cluster
Setting the VM restart priority for a HA cluster
Configuring VM monitoring
Configuring datastore heartbeating
Disabling host monitoring
Configuring vCenter Native High Availability
Chapter 13: Configuring vSphere DRS, DPM, and VMware EVC
Introduction
Enabling vSphere DRS on a cluster
Configuring VMware Enhanced vMotion compatibility
Choosing a DRS automation level
Overriding the cluster automation level for a VM
Setting a migration threshold
Creating DRS VM or host groups
Creating VMs to host affinity rules
Creating VM affinity or anti-affinity rules
Configuring Distributed Power Management
Configuring Predictive DRS
Chapter 14: Upgrading and Patching using vSphere Update Manager
Introduction
Installing vSphere Update Manager on Windows
Activating vSphere Update Manager in vCenter Server Appliance
Installing the Update Manager download service
Configuring VUM with a download source
Creating a custom baseline
Creating a baseline group
Importing an ESXi image and updating a host
Leveraging a VM/VA baseline to remediate a VM/VA
Chapter 15: Using vSphere Certificate Manager Utility
Introduction
Regenerating a new VMCA Root Certificate and replacing all certificates
Generating certificate signing requests with the vSphere Certificate Manager
Replacing all certificates with custom certificate
Reverting the last performed operation by republishing old certificates
Resetting all certificates
Chapter 16: Using vSphere Management Assistant
Introduction
Deploying the vMA appliance
Preparing VMware vMA for first use
Configuring VMware vMA to join an existing domain
Adding vCenter to vMA with AD authentication
Adding vCenter to vMA with fastpass (fpauth) authentication
Adding an ESXi host to vMA
Changing the authentication policy
Running CLI commands on target servers
Chapter 17: Performance Monitoring in a vSphere Environment
Introduction
Using esxtop to monitor performance
Exporting and importing esxtop configurations
Running esxtop in the batch mode
Gathering VM I/O statistics using vscsiStats
Using vCenter performance graphs

What You Will Learn

  • Upgrade your existing vSphere environment or perform a fresh deployment
  • Automate the deployment and management of large sets of ESXi hosts in your vSphere Environment
  • Configure and manage FC, iSCSI, and NAS storage, and get more control over how storage resources are allocated and managed
  • Configure vSphere networking by deploying host-wide and data center-wide switches in your vSphere environment
  • Configure high availability on a host cluster and learn how to enable the fair distribution and utilization of compute resources
  • Patch and upgrade the vSphere environment
  • Handle certificate request generation and renew component certificates
  • Monitor performance of a vSphere environment

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Upgrading to vSphere 6.5
Introduction 
vSphere 6.5 core components
Planning vSphere upgrade
Upgrading from vSphere 5.5 or 6.0 to vSphere 6.5
Upgrading vCenter Server running Microsoft Windows
Using the vCenter 6.5 Migration Assistant 
Upgrading vCenter Server – Migrating from Microsoft Windows to VCSA
Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance
Upgrading ESXi Hypervisor
Chapter 2: Greenfield Deployment of vSphere 6.5
Introduction
Deploying vSphere ESXi 6.5
Configuring ESXi Management Network
Deploying vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
Deploying External Platform Services controllers
Deploying vCenter Servers in Enhanced Linked Mode
Configuring SSO identity sources
Assigning users and groups to vCenter Server
Chapter 3: Using vSphere Host Profiles
Introduction
Preparing a reference host
Creating Host Profiles
Attaching/detaching ESXi hosts to/from a Host Profile
Performing host customizations
Checking Host Profile compliance of ESXi host(s)
Scheduling Host Profile compliance checks
Remediating non-compliant ESXi hosts
Using Host Profiles to push a configuration change
Copying settings between Host Profiles
Exporting Host Profiles
Duplicating Host Profiles
Chapter 4: Using ESXi Image Builder
Introduction
Enabling ESXi Image Builder service for vSphere Web Client GUI
Preparing an ESXi Image Builder CLI environment
Downloading an ESXi offline bundle
Importing a software depot
Creating an online software depot
Creating a custom depot
Creating image profiles using an existing image profile
Creating image profiles from scratch
Comparing image profiles
Moving image profiles between software depots
Exporting image profiles
Chapter 5: Using vSphere Auto Deploy
Introduction
Enabling vSphere auto deploy service
Configuring TFTP server with the files required to PXE boot
Configuring the DHCP server to work with auto deploy
Preparing vSphere environment – create host profile, configure the deploy rules and activate them
Enabling stateless caching
Enabling stateful install
Chapter 6: Using vSphere Standard Switches
Introduction
Creating a vSphere Standard Switch
Creating VMkernel interfaces on a vSphere Standard Switch
Creating custom VMkernel TCP/IP stacks
Creating virtual machine port groups on a vSphere Standard Switch
Managing the physical uplinks of a vSwitch
Configuring security, traffic shaping, teaming, and failover on a vSphere Standard Switch
Chapter 7: Using vSphere Distributed Switches
Introduction
Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch
Connecting hosts to a vSphere Distributed Switch
Creating a vSphere Distributed port group
Managing physical adapter (vmnic) to dvUplink mappings
Migrating a virtual machine network from a vSphere Standard Switch (vSwitch ) to a vSphere Distributed Switch (dvSwitch)
Migrating VMkernel interfaces between vSphere Standard (vSwitch) and vSphere Distributed Switches (dvSwitch)
Creating additional VMkernel interfaces on a vSphere Distributed Switch (dvSwitch)
Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch backup
Restoring dvSwitch from a backup
Creating or importing a dvSwitch from a backup
Configuring security, traffic shaping, teaming, and failover on a dvSwitch
Configuring VLANs on a vSphere Standard or Distributed Switch
Configuring private VLANs on a dvSwitch
Configuring LAGs on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Creating user-defined network resource pools
Using port mirroring on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Enabling NetFlow on a vSphere Distributed Switch
Chapter 8: Creating and Managing VMFS Datastore
Introduction
Viewing the LUNs presented to an ESXi host
Viewing datastores available on an ESXi host
Creating a VMFS datastore
Managing multipathing configuration of a VMFS datastore
Expanding or growing a VMFS datastore
Extending a VMFS datastore
Unmounting and detaching VMFS volumes
Re-mounting a VMFS datastore
Deleting VMFS datastores
Upgrading from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
Managing VMFS volumes detected as snapshots
Masking paths to a LUN
Unmasking paths to a LUN
Chapter 9: Managing Access to the iSCSI and NFS Storage
Introduction
Adding the software iSCSI adapter
Configuring iSCSI multipathing using port binding
Configuring access to an iSCSI target server
Creating NFSv3 datastores
Creating NFSv4.1 datastores with Kerberos authentication
Chapter 10: Storage IO Control, Storage DRS, and Profile Driven Storage
Introduction
Settings disk shares on virtual machine disks
Enabling Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
Integrating a VASA provider with the vCenter Server
Using vCenter tags to define storage capabilities
Creating VM storage policies
Assigning VM storage policies
Chapter 11: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
Introduction
Creating a virtual machine
Creating a new hard disk for a virtual machine
Adding an existing disk to a virtual machine
Attaching a Raw Device Mapping to a virtual machine
Mapping a virtual machine's vNIC to a different port group
Creating virtual machine snapshots
Deleting a virtual machine snapshot
Restoring a snapshot in linear snapshot tree
Switching to an arbitrary virtual machine snapshot
Consolidating snapshots
Converting a virtual machine to a template
Cloning a virtual machine to template
Exporting to an OVF template
Deploying a virtual machine from an OVF template
Creating a local content library
Creating a subscribed content library
Chapter 12: Configuring vSphere 6.5 High Availability
Introduction
Enabling vSphere HA on a cluster
Configuring vSphere HA Admission Control
Setting the host isolation response for a HA cluster
Setting the VM restart priority for a HA cluster
Configuring VM monitoring
Configuring datastore heartbeating
Disabling host monitoring
Configuring vCenter Native High Availability
Chapter 13: Configuring vSphere DRS, DPM, and VMware EVC
Introduction
Enabling vSphere DRS on a cluster
Configuring VMware Enhanced vMotion compatibility
Choosing a DRS automation level
Overriding the cluster automation level for a VM
Setting a migration threshold
Creating DRS VM or host groups
Creating VMs to host affinity rules
Creating VM affinity or anti-affinity rules
Configuring Distributed Power Management
Configuring Predictive DRS
Chapter 14: Upgrading and Patching using vSphere Update Manager
Introduction
Installing vSphere Update Manager on Windows
Activating vSphere Update Manager in vCenter Server Appliance
Installing the Update Manager download service
Configuring VUM with a download source
Creating a custom baseline
Creating a baseline group
Importing an ESXi image and updating a host
Leveraging a VM/VA baseline to remediate a VM/VA
Chapter 15: Using vSphere Certificate Manager Utility
Introduction
Regenerating a new VMCA Root Certificate and replacing all certificates
Generating certificate signing requests with the vSphere Certificate Manager
Replacing all certificates with custom certificate
Reverting the last performed operation by republishing old certificates
Resetting all certificates
Chapter 16: Using vSphere Management Assistant
Introduction
Deploying the vMA appliance
Preparing VMware vMA for first use
Configuring VMware vMA to join an existing domain
Adding vCenter to vMA with AD authentication
Adding vCenter to vMA with fastpass (fpauth) authentication
Adding an ESXi host to vMA
Changing the authentication policy
Running CLI commands on target servers
Chapter 17: Performance Monitoring in a vSphere Environment
Introduction
Using esxtop to monitor performance
Exporting and importing esxtop configurations
Running esxtop in the batch mode
Gathering VM I/O statistics using vscsiStats
Using vCenter performance graphs

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