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Implementing VMware vCenter Server by Konstantin Kuminsky

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Chapter 1. vCenter Deployment

This chapter gives a brief overview of the features available in vCenter. We will discuss the common terminologies used in VMware and vSphere architecture and the licensing options available for vCenter.

The second half of the chapter focuses on the vCenter installation process, prerequisites, and follow-up tasks.

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • vCenter; its functions and capabilities
  • vSphere, ESX, ESXi, hypervisor, and VMFS
  • The VMware licensing model
  • vCenter system requirements
  • vSphere physical topology
  • The installation process, Linked Mode groups, and database configuration
  • How to access vCenter

vCenter is a tool for the centralized management of the vSphere suite. It allows managing multiple ESX/ESXi servers and VMs through ...

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