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VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials

Jonathan Frappier

Managing the resources of your vSphere environment is essential for effective virtualization, and this book shows you how by taking you deep into ESXi and how it ensures resource availability, teaching practical techniques on the way.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782170464
Paperback112 pages

About This Book

  • Understand the requirements to build a strong virtual foundation and the features that can support your VMware environment
  • Monitor and automate the tools available to make your VMware vSphere environment more efficient
  • Packed with practical methods and techniques that will enhance your resource management in VMware

Who This Book Is For

If you are a vSphere administrator who wants to understand new features or an administrator aspiring to start your virtualization journey with VMware vSphere and want to learn how to manage your resources, this book is for you. Readers are expected to have some prior knowledge of virtualization technology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding vSphere System Requirements
ESXi system requirements
vCenter components
Understanding vSphere features
Topology basics
Remembering configuration maximums
Determining resource utilization requirements
Chapter 2: Assigning Resources to VMs
The basics of overcommitment and virtualization
CPU scheduling and the effect of multiple vCPU VMs
Memory assignment and management
The VSWP swap file
Storage considerations and their effects on performance
VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI)
Chapter 3: Advanced Resource Management Features
Understanding CPU power management
Reservations, limits, and shares
Resource pools
Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC)
DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules
High Availability
App HA
Fault Tolerance
Hot Add
Storage vMotion, Storage DRS, and Datastore clusters
Storage vMotion
Datastore clusters
Storage DRS
vSphere Distributed Switches
New in vSphere 5.5
vSphere Flash Read Cache
Chapter 4: Automation and Monitoring Options
Automation solutions for vSphere
Update Manager
Host profiles
Auto deploy
PowerCLI basics
vCenter Orchestrator basics
Automating resource management
Community automation resources
Available monitoring options

What You Will Learn

  • Find out the requirements for installing ESXi and vCenter and determine whether your hardware is compatible
  • Discover how ESXi manages access to resources for multiple virtual machines
  • Familiarize yourself with ESXTOP and the methods to use it to monitor resources
  • Expand your knowledge of the features available with different versions of VMware vSphere, and methods to enable and configure them
  • Get acquainted with the automation features available with VMware vSphere to improve your environment efficiency
  • Unleash the monitoring options available with VMware vSphere to be alerted when there is a problem

In Detail

vSphere is the flagship suit of Server virtualization, cloud deployment, and management. VMware vSphere comes with features that help you prepare a robust foundation to build virtual environments. You might have an already-built vSphere deployment, but managing the resources of your vSphere environment is crucial in order to save time and improve productivity.

This practical guide provides readers with a high-level understanding of the various components, methodologies and general best practices for maintaining and managing resources in a virtual environment.

Readers will begin the book with an explanation of the requirements for ESXi, the groundwork for VMware vSphere, and move through a comprehensive study of how resources are supplied. We’ll then progress with showing you the characteristics that enable resource and virtual machine availability.

With a solid understanding of the requirements to build and run your environment, you then move on to understanding how ESXi manages resources such as CPU, memory, disk, and networks for multiple virtual machines and how it ensures resource availability. Finally, you will be made aware of the options available with Vmware vSphere to automate and monitor your environment.

Readers will go through a learning curve of understanding the components, identifying the course of action, and putting it to practice.


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