VMware vSphere Essentials

Efficiently virtualize your IT infrastructure with vSphere
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VMware vSphere Essentials

Kunal Kumar, Christian Stankowic

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Efficiently virtualize your IT infrastructure with vSphere
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Book Details

ISBN 139781784398750
Paperback228 pages

Book Description

This book will provide you with the skills you'll need to plan, deploy, and manage VMware vSphere infrastructures. Starting with an introduction to vCenter Server and managing single and multiple ESXi servers, you'll learn the basics of vSphere's architecture of virtualization, hypervisors, and virtual infrastructure, and discover how to create and manage virtual machines. You'll learn network management using inbuilt vSphere operations and network virtualization using VMware NSX technology, along with virtual storage in a vSphere environment. You'll go on to implement and configure VSAN with vSphere and discover the advanced operations that can be performed with virtual machines. By the end of this book, you will have explored critical components in vSphere—HA, FT, and DRS security of vSphere architecture, and some vSphere 6.0 new features.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware vSphere
Need and use of VMware vSphere
Differences between VMware vSphere and other hypervisors
Understanding ESXi and modes of management
Different types of vSphere installations
Introduction to virtual infrastructure – virtual machines, disks, CPUs, memory, switches, network, and storage
Summary
Chapter 2: VMware vCenter Server
Introduction to vCenter Server
vCenter Server architecture
Communication between vCenter Server and ESXi hosts
Additional vCenter Server components
Comparison of vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance
Preparing and installing vCenter Server on Microsoft Windows
Importing, starting, and configuring the vCenter Server Appliance
Configuring and managing vCenter Server
Managing inventory, hosts, VMs, and templates via vCenter
vCenter Server licensing
Backing up vCenter Server
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating Virtual Machines
Overview of virtual machines
Creating a virtual machine
Thick and thin provisioning of virtual disks
Installing a guest operating system
Creating templates and clones
Summary
Chapter 4: Managing Virtual Network
Virtual network
Basic network operations using vSphere
An overview of VLANs
Network security policies
Load Balancing with vSphere
Summary
Chapter 5: Network Virtualization with VMware NSX
NSX components
Deploying NSX Manager
Data center access layer deployment
Logical routing
Logical switching
Logical firewalls
Logical load balancing
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Storage
Understanding virtual storage, datastores, and file systems
Managing and configuring datastores
vSphere Data Protection Appliance
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with VSAN
An overview of Virtual SAN
Installing and configuring VSAN
Failure resilience with VSAN
Summary
Chapter 8: Managing Virtual Machines
Deploying virtual machines across data centers
Modifying the virtual machine settings
Migrating virtual machines
Virtual machine snapshots
Summary
Chapter 9: Resource Management and Performance Monitoring
Virtual memory management
Understanding resource controls and resource pools
Creating a resource pool
Expandable reservation
Implementing shares, limits, and reservations on resource pools
Monitoring resource usage
Alarms and notifications
Summary
Chapter 10: Incorporating vSphere High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and DRS
Understanding High Availability
Fault Tolerance
Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
Using HA and DRS together
Summary
Chapter 11: Securing and Updating vSphere
Configuring ESXi firewall
Understanding security profile services and lockdown mode
Microsoft Active Directory integration with vSphere
Using vCloud Networking and Security
Access controls and configuring roles and permissions
Getting started with vSphere Update Manager
Maintenance mode
Summary
Chapter 12: vSphere 6.0 Overview
Introduction to vSphere 6.0
vCenter Server features
Virtual desktop infrastructure
NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology
Instant Clone
Long-distance vMotion
Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
Content library
vSphere Web Client
Storage in vSphere 6.0
vSphere Data Protection
VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO)
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Explore a multiple-host virtualization environment with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Create and manage virtual machines
  • Create and configure vNetwork Switches to manage your virtual networks
  • Build software-defined, performance-oriented shared storage and network topologies with VSAN and NSX
  • Discover features such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, snapshots, templates, and cloning
  • Familiarize yourself with vSphere High Availability, Fault Tolerance, DRS, and Update management
  • Discover some of the newly added vSphere 6.0 features

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware vSphere
Need and use of VMware vSphere
Differences between VMware vSphere and other hypervisors
Understanding ESXi and modes of management
Different types of vSphere installations
Introduction to virtual infrastructure – virtual machines, disks, CPUs, memory, switches, network, and storage
Summary
Chapter 2: VMware vCenter Server
Introduction to vCenter Server
vCenter Server architecture
Communication between vCenter Server and ESXi hosts
Additional vCenter Server components
Comparison of vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance
Preparing and installing vCenter Server on Microsoft Windows
Importing, starting, and configuring the vCenter Server Appliance
Configuring and managing vCenter Server
Managing inventory, hosts, VMs, and templates via vCenter
vCenter Server licensing
Backing up vCenter Server
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating Virtual Machines
Overview of virtual machines
Creating a virtual machine
Thick and thin provisioning of virtual disks
Installing a guest operating system
Creating templates and clones
Summary
Chapter 4: Managing Virtual Network
Virtual network
Basic network operations using vSphere
An overview of VLANs
Network security policies
Load Balancing with vSphere
Summary
Chapter 5: Network Virtualization with VMware NSX
NSX components
Deploying NSX Manager
Data center access layer deployment
Logical routing
Logical switching
Logical firewalls
Logical load balancing
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Storage
Understanding virtual storage, datastores, and file systems
Managing and configuring datastores
vSphere Data Protection Appliance
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with VSAN
An overview of Virtual SAN
Installing and configuring VSAN
Failure resilience with VSAN
Summary
Chapter 8: Managing Virtual Machines
Deploying virtual machines across data centers
Modifying the virtual machine settings
Migrating virtual machines
Virtual machine snapshots
Summary
Chapter 9: Resource Management and Performance Monitoring
Virtual memory management
Understanding resource controls and resource pools
Creating a resource pool
Expandable reservation
Implementing shares, limits, and reservations on resource pools
Monitoring resource usage
Alarms and notifications
Summary
Chapter 10: Incorporating vSphere High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and DRS
Understanding High Availability
Fault Tolerance
Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
Using HA and DRS together
Summary
Chapter 11: Securing and Updating vSphere
Configuring ESXi firewall
Understanding security profile services and lockdown mode
Microsoft Active Directory integration with vSphere
Using vCloud Networking and Security
Access controls and configuring roles and permissions
Getting started with vSphere Update Manager
Maintenance mode
Summary
Chapter 12: vSphere 6.0 Overview
Introduction to vSphere 6.0
vCenter Server features
Virtual desktop infrastructure
NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology
Instant Clone
Long-distance vMotion
Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
Content library
vSphere Web Client
Storage in vSphere 6.0
vSphere Data Protection
VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO)
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
Summary

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Paperback228 pages
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