VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design Cookbook - Second Edition

Over 75 practical recipes to confidently design an efficient virtual datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.x
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VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design Cookbook - Second Edition

Hersey Cartwright

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Over 75 practical recipes to confidently design an efficient virtual datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.x

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Book Details

ISBN 139781785283468
Paperback324 pages

Book Description

VMware is the industry leader in data center virtualization. The vSphere 6.x suite of products provides a robust and resilient platform to virtualize server and application workloads. With the release of 6.x a whole range of new features has come along such as ESXi Security enhancements, fault tolerance, high availability enhancements, and virtual volumes, thus simplifying the secure management of resources, the availability of applications, and performance enhancements of workloads deployed in the virtualized datacenter.

This book provides recipes to create a virtual datacenter design using the features of vSphere 6.x by guiding you through the process of identifying the design factors and applying them to the logical and physical design process. You’ll follow steps that walk you through the design process from beginning to end, right from the discovery process to creating the conceptual design; calculating the resource requirements of the logical storage, compute, and network design; mapping the logical requirements to a physical design; security design; and finally creating the design documentation.

The recipes in this book provide guidance on making design decisions to ensure the successful creation, and ultimately the successful implementation, of a VMware vSphere 6.x virtual data center design.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Virtual Datacenter
Introduction
Becoming a virtual datacenter architect
Using a holistic approach to datacenter design
Passing the VMware VCAP6-DCV Design exam
Identifying what's new in vSphere 6
Planning a vSphere 6 upgrade
Chapter 2: The Discovery Process
Introduction
Identifying the design factors
Identifying stakeholders
Conducting stakeholder interviews
VMware Capacity Planner
Using Windows Performance Monitor
Conducting a VMware Optimization Assessment
Identifying dependencies
Chapter 3: The Design Factors
Introduction
Identifying design requirements
Identifying design constraints
Making design assumptions
Identifying design risks
Creating the conceptual design
Chapter 4: vSphere Management Design
Introduction
Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
Selecting a vCenter deployment option
Determining vCenter resource requirements
Selecting a database for the vCenter deployment
Determining database interoperability
Choosing a vCenter deployment topology
Designing for management availability
Designing a separate management cluster
Configuring vCenter Mail, SNMP, and Alarms
Using Enhanced Linked Mode
Using the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
Backing up the vCenter Server components
Upgrading vCenter Server
Designing a vSphere Update Manager Deployment
Chapter 5: vSphere Storage Design
Introduction
Identifying RAID levels
Calculating the storage capacity requirements
Determining the storage performance requirements
Calculating the storage throughput
Storage connectivity options
Storage path selection plugins
Sizing datastores
Designing for VMware VSAN
Using VMware Virtual Volumes
Incorporating storage policies into a design
NFS version 4.1 capabilities and limits
Chapter 6: vSphere Network Design
Introduction
Determining network bandwidth requirements
Standard or distributed virtual switches
Providing network availability
Network resource management
Using private VLANs
IP storage network design considerations
Using jumbo frames
Creating custom TCP/IP stacks
Designing for VMkernel services
vMotion network design considerations
IPv6 in a vSphere Design
Chapter 7: vSphere Compute Design
Introduction
Calculating CPU resource requirements
Calculating memory resource requirements
Transparent Page Sharing
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
Using resource pools
Providing fault tolerance protection
Leveraging host flash
Chapter 8: vSphere Physical Design
Introduction
Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List
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
Upgrading an ESXi host
Chapter 9: Virtual Machine Design
Introduction
Right-sizing virtual machines
Enabling CPU Hot Add and Memory Hot Plug
Using paravirtualized VM hardware
Creating virtual machine templates
Upgrading and installing VMware Tools
Upgrading VM virtual hardware
Using vApps to organize virtualized applications
Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules
Using a VM to host affinity and anti-affinity rules
Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone
Chapter 10: vSphere Security Design
Introduction
Managing the Single Sign-On Password Policy
Managing Single Sign-On Identity Sources
Using Active Directory for ESXi host authentication
ESXi Firewall configuration
The ESXi Lockdown mode
Configuring role-based access control
Virtual network security
Using the VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide
Chapter 11: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Introduction
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 12: Design Documentation
Introduction
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
  • Mitigate security risks and meet compliance requirements in a vSphere design.
  • Create a vSphere conceptual design by identifying technical and business requirements
  • Determine the type of database to use based on the deployment size.
  • 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
  • Leverage the latest vSphere 6.x features to ensure manageability, performance, availability, and security in a virtual datacenter design

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Virtual Datacenter
Introduction
Becoming a virtual datacenter architect
Using a holistic approach to datacenter design
Passing the VMware VCAP6-DCV Design exam
Identifying what's new in vSphere 6
Planning a vSphere 6 upgrade
Chapter 2: The Discovery Process
Introduction
Identifying the design factors
Identifying stakeholders
Conducting stakeholder interviews
VMware Capacity Planner
Using Windows Performance Monitor
Conducting a VMware Optimization Assessment
Identifying dependencies
Chapter 3: The Design Factors
Introduction
Identifying design requirements
Identifying design constraints
Making design assumptions
Identifying design risks
Creating the conceptual design
Chapter 4: vSphere Management Design
Introduction
Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
Selecting a vCenter deployment option
Determining vCenter resource requirements
Selecting a database for the vCenter deployment
Determining database interoperability
Choosing a vCenter deployment topology
Designing for management availability
Designing a separate management cluster
Configuring vCenter Mail, SNMP, and Alarms
Using Enhanced Linked Mode
Using the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
Backing up the vCenter Server components
Upgrading vCenter Server
Designing a vSphere Update Manager Deployment
Chapter 5: vSphere Storage Design
Introduction
Identifying RAID levels
Calculating the storage capacity requirements
Determining the storage performance requirements
Calculating the storage throughput
Storage connectivity options
Storage path selection plugins
Sizing datastores
Designing for VMware VSAN
Using VMware Virtual Volumes
Incorporating storage policies into a design
NFS version 4.1 capabilities and limits
Chapter 6: vSphere Network Design
Introduction
Determining network bandwidth requirements
Standard or distributed virtual switches
Providing network availability
Network resource management
Using private VLANs
IP storage network design considerations
Using jumbo frames
Creating custom TCP/IP stacks
Designing for VMkernel services
vMotion network design considerations
IPv6 in a vSphere Design
Chapter 7: vSphere Compute Design
Introduction
Calculating CPU resource requirements
Calculating memory resource requirements
Transparent Page Sharing
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
Using resource pools
Providing fault tolerance protection
Leveraging host flash
Chapter 8: vSphere Physical Design
Introduction
Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List
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
Upgrading an ESXi host
Chapter 9: Virtual Machine Design
Introduction
Right-sizing virtual machines
Enabling CPU Hot Add and Memory Hot Plug
Using paravirtualized VM hardware
Creating virtual machine templates
Upgrading and installing VMware Tools
Upgrading VM virtual hardware
Using vApps to organize virtualized applications
Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules
Using a VM to host affinity and anti-affinity rules
Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone
Chapter 10: vSphere Security Design
Introduction
Managing the Single Sign-On Password Policy
Managing Single Sign-On Identity Sources
Using Active Directory for ESXi host authentication
ESXi Firewall configuration
The ESXi Lockdown mode
Configuring role-based access control
Virtual network security
Using the VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide
Chapter 11: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Introduction
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 12: Design Documentation
Introduction
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

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