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Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 by Josh Atwell, Matt Liebowitz, Forbes Guthrie, Nick Marshall, Scott Lowe

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Chapter 9

Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

The VMware ESXi hosts are installed, vCenter Server is running, the networks are blinking, the SAN is carved, and the VMFS volumes are formatted… let the virtualization begin! With the virtual infrastructure in place, you as the administrator must shift your attention to deploying the virtual machines.

In this chapter, you will learn to

  • Create a virtual machine
  • Install a guest operating system
  • Install VMware Tools
  • Manage virtual machines
  • Modify virtual machines

Understanding Virtual Machines

It is common for IT professionals to refer to a Windows or Linux system running on an ESXi host as a

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