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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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3.2. Planning and Designing a vCenter Server Deployment

vCenter Server is a critical application for managing your virtual infrastructure. Its implementation should be carefully designed and executed to ensure availability and data protection. When discussing the deployment of vCenter Server, some of the most common questions include the following:

  • How much hardware do I need to power vCenter Server?

  • Which database server should I use with vCenter Server?

  • How do I prepare vCenter Server for disaster recovery?

  • Should I run vCenter Server in a virtual machine?

A lot of the answers to these questions are dependent upon each other. Still, I have to start somewhere, so I'll start with the first topic: figuring out how much hardware you need for vCenter ...

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