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vSphere Virtual Machine Management

Rebecca Fitzhugh

This tutorial will help VMware administrators fine-tune and expand their expertise with vSphere. From creating and configuring virtual machines to optimizing performance, it’s all here in a crystal clear series of chapters.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782172185
Paperback326 pages

About This Book

  • Create virtual machines using the wizard, cloning, deploying from a template, and using OVF templates
  • Manage multi-tiered applications using vApps
  • Learn how to optimise virtual machine performance and resource allocation

Who This Book Is For

This book is for VMware administrators who want to build their knowledge of virtual machine administration and configuration. It’s assumed that you have some experience with virtualization administration and vSphere.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Virtual Machine Concepts
vSphere virtual machines
Virtual machine components
Uses of virtual machines
The primary virtual machine resources
Virtual machine files
VMware Tools
Chapter 2: Creating a Virtual Machine Using the Wizard
vSphere Client versus vSphere Web Client
Creating a VM using the typical configuration wizard
Creating a VM using the custom configuration wizard
Creating a VM using vSphere Web Client
Chapter 3: Other Ways to Provision a Virtual Machine
Configuring virtual machine customizations
Creating a virtual machine from a template
Creating a virtual machine by cloning
Creating a virtual machine from an OVF file
Creating a virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter
Chapter 4: Advanced Virtual Machine Settings
Introducing the virtual machine monitor
Enabling CPU hot plug / memory hot add
The CPUID mask
The CPU affinity setting
Setting the .vswp location
Viewing other advanced options
Installing VMware Tools
Chapter 5: Managing Multitiered Applications with vApps
What is a vApp?
Creating a vApp
vApp options
Exporting a vApp
Cloning a vApp
Chapter 6: Virtual Machine Performance and Resource Allocation
Resource performance concepts
Understanding resource controls
Resource pools
Network I/O Control
Storage I/O Control
Disk alignment
Performance tuning
Chapter 7: Monitoring Virtual Machines
Performance charts
Using esxtop
Using alarms
Other places to find information
Chapter 8: Migrating Virtual Machines
Migration using Storage vMotion
Cross-host Storage vMotion
Chapter 9: Balancing Resource Utilization and Availability
Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
High Availability
Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS)
Chapter 10: Virtual Machine Design
Comparing provisioning methods
Virtual hardware and resource configuration
Other considerations

What You Will Learn

  • Understand virtual machine concepts
  • Create a virtual machine using the wizard
  • Understand other ways to provision virtual machines
  • Discover advanced virtual machine settings
  • Manage multi-tiered applications with vApps
  • Migrate and monitor your virtual machines
  • Balance resource utilization and availability
  • Optimize virtual machine performance and resource allocation

In Detail

A virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of a machine (a computer) that executes programs like a physical machine. vSphere has clusters of virtual machines that are all interconnected. Virtualization changes everything. Virtual machines have far more functionality than physical servers and are capable of incredible things. Virtual machines should not be treated and administered exactly like physical servers. It is imperative that the administrators know how to correctly create and administer virtual machines.

vSphere Virtual Machine Management depicts how to create a virtual machine step-by-step using multiple creation methods. In this book, you will learn how to develop virtual machine performance, resource allocation, and performance monitoring in detail. You will also be introduced to load balancing and virtual machine availability concepts and configurations.

This book looks at the different ways to create virtual machines, and breaks down the many different configuration options that are available. It will take you through a number of step-by-step instructions that will help you understand virtual machine features and how to configure them.

Not only will you learn how to create and configure virtual machines, but you will also be introduced to many of the advanced configuration options that are available in vSphere. We will also take a look at virtual machine performance, resource allocation options, and how to monitor virtual machines. If your environment uses multi-tiered applications, you will discover why vApp is the perfect container for multi-tiered applications. How to take advantage of virtual machine availability and load balancing will also be discussed.


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