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Implementing VMware vCenter Server

Book Description

This book starts with the basics then leads you by the hand through a complete Vmware vCenter Server implementation course. Designed to help you administer and manage your environment on a day to day basis.

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the VMware vCenter features, requirements, and deployment process
  • Manage hosts, virtual machines, and learn storage management in VMware vCenter server
  • Overview of VMware vCenter Operations Manager and VMware vCenter Orchestrator

In Detail

Virtualization is a hot topic today. It saves time and effort for IT professionals as well as helping to keep infrastructure costs down and makes the IT industry greener. VMware, one of the major players on the virtualization market, offers great scalability and reliability features, professional support, and constantly works on improvements for their products. VMware vCenter Server is a necessary component of any professional vSphere implementation. It offers a great variety of features and capabilities that simplify an administrator’s day-to-day work.

This book is a practical and hands-on guide to VMware vCenter Server, providing a description of its features and capabilities as well as useful tips on doing day-to-day administrative tasks.

This book starts with an introduction to VMware vCenter Server, describing requirements and deployment steps along the way. It takes you through a description of product features and different aspects of administration giving useful tips for day-to-day tasks. You will learn how to deploy VMware vCenter Server, and how to manage hosts and virtual machines. You will also take a look at security features, availability, resource management, and discuss monitoring and automation topics.

The last two chapters will describe additional products that can be used together with VMware vCenter Server: VMware vCenter Operations Manager and VMware vCenter Orchestrator. If you want to learn how VMware vCenter Server can help with managing your environment, then this is the book for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Implementing VMware vCenter Server
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Implementing VMware vCenter Server
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. vCenter Deployment
      1. Key vCenter functions and capabilities
      2. VMware terminologies – vSphere, ESX, ESXi, hypervisor, and VMFS
      3. vSphere component layers
      4. The VMware licensing model
      5. Planning the vSphere environment
        1. vCenter system requirements
        2. vSphere physical topology
        3. Virtual versus physical vCenter Server
      6. Installing the Management Suite
        1. Linked Mode groups
      7. Configuring a database for vCenter Server
      8. Accessing vCenter with vSphere Client
      9. Accessing vCenter with web client
      10. Summary
    9. 2. Managing ESXi Hosts
      1. Adding and removing existing hosts
      2. Storage
        1. Host storage adapters and storage configuration
          1. Fibre Channel (FC)
          2. Internet SCSI (iSCSI)
          3. Network-attached storage (NAS)
        2. Storage LUNs and datastores
        3. Storage multipathing and failover
        4. Storage Thin Provisioning
      3. Networking
        1. Network adapters and network configuration
        2. Virtual switch concept
          1. vSphere Standard Switch
          2. vSphere Distributed Switch
        3. Setting up networking with redundancy
      4. EVC mode
        1. Managing hosts with different CPUs
      5. Host Profiles
        1. Profile workflow
        2. Managing profiles
        3. Checking compliance
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Virtual Machine Management
      1. Creating a new VM
        1. New VM wizard
          1. Virtual hardware
          2. Virtual CPUs (vCPUs)
        2. The SCSI controller
        3. Virtual disks
        4. Expanding a drive
        5. Booting a VM from CD-ROM
        6. Extending a drive in a Linux guest operating system
      2. VMware Tools
        1. Installing VMware Tools on a Windows guest
        2. Installing VMware Tools on a Linux guest
        3. Time synchronization
          1. Tick counting
          2. Tickless timekeeping
          3. VM time synchronization
      3. Cloning the existing VM
        1. Hot and cold cloning
        2. Postcloning tasks for Windows guests
      4. Deploying a VM from a template
        1. Creating a template
        2. Postdeployment tasks
        3. Keeping templates up-to-date
        4. Template best practices
      5. Importing/exporting an OVF template
        1. Importing the OVF template using the command line and GUI
        2. Importing OVF templates into previous versions of vSphere
        3. USB support
      6. Snapshots
        1. Free space
        2. Seeking additional free space
        3. Another task is in progress
      7. Summary
    11. 4. Availability Management
      1. Reducing planned and unplanned downtime
        1. Planned downtime
          1. vSphere requirements for vMotion
          2. Migration with vMotion
        2. Unplanned downtime
          1. High availability (HA)
      2. Creating a vSphere HA cluster
        1. HA settings
          1. Host monitoring status
          2. Datastore heartbeating
          3. Virtual machine options
            1. Restart priority
            2. Isolation response
          4. VM monitoring
          5. Admission control
            1. Admission control policies
        2. HA security and logging
        3. Using HA with DRS
        4. What to expect when HA is enabled
      3. Fault Tolerance
        1. Preparing hosts and VMs
        2. Configuring FT
        3. Using FT with DRS
      4. Summary
    12. 5. Security Management
      1. User management
        1. Authentication
        2. Users and groups
        3. Roles and permissions
      2. Securing ESXi
        1. Using a firewall
        2. Using security certificates and encryption
        3. Enabling lockdown mode
      3. Summary
    13. 6. Resource Management
      1. Resource allocation
        1. Understanding shares
        2. Understanding reservations
        3. Understanding limits
      2. Resource pools
        1. Advantages
        2. Creating and editing pools
      3. DRS
        1. Understanding the DRS cluster requirements
        2. Creating a DRS cluster
        3. Disabling DRS
        4. Using power management
          1. Cluster validity
          2. Affinity rules
          3. CPU affinity rules
          4. CPU power management
      4. Summary
    14. 7. Events, Alarms, and Automated Actions
      1. Events, alarms, and system monitoring
        1. Alarms and events
        2. Acknowledging and resetting triggered alarms
        3. Monitoring host health
        4. Guest performance and storage usage
        5. Snapshot size monitoring
        6. Setting up e-mail alerts and SNMP traps
      2. Viewing and scheduling tasks
      3. The Update Manager plugin
        1. Installation
        2. Working with baselines
        3. Scanning and remediating objects
        4. Deploying Windows updates
      4. Summary
    15. 8. VMware vCenter Operations
      1. Installing and configuring vCenter Operations
        1. What is vCenter Operations?
        2. vCenter Operations Manager Standard deployment
        3. Basic configuration
        4. Additional configuration and usage
      2. Evaluation tasks
        1. Badges and scores
          1. Hierarchy views
          2. Health details
          3. Scorecards
          4. Analyse using heat maps
          5. Memory pressure and ballooning
      3. Summary
    16. 9. VMware vCenter Orchestrator
      1. Installing and configuring vCenter Orchestrator
        1. System requirements and components setup
        2. Installing and upgrading Orchestrator
        3. Initial configuration
          1. Network access
          2. SSL certificate
          3. LDAP configuration
          4. Database connection
          5. Server certificate
          6. Plugin configuration
          7. Installing Orchestrator as a system service
      2. Administering vCenter Orchestrator
        1. Overview of workflows
        2. Resource elements and actions
      3. Summary
    17. Index