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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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6.3. VMware Storage Fundamentals

This section of the chapter examines how the shared storage technologies covered earlier are applied in vSphere. We will cover these elements in a logical sequence. We will start with core VMware storage concepts. Next, we'll cover the storage options in vSphere for datastores to contain groups of virtual machines (VMFS version 3 datastores and NFS datastores). We'll follow with options for presenting disk devices directly into VMs (raw device mappings). Finally, we'll examine VM-level storage configuration details.

6.3.1. Core VMware Storage Concepts

The core concept of virtual machine encapsulation results in virtual machines being represented by a set of files, discussed in "Virtual Machine-Level Storage ...

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