Chapter 4. The vSphere Management Design

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
  • Selecting a vCenter deployment option
  • Determining the vCenter system requirements
  • Selecting a database for vCenter deployment
  • Determining database interoperability
  • Choosing a vCenter Single Sign-On deployment mode
  • Designing for management availability
  • Backing up the vCenter Server components
  • Using vCenter Server Heartbeat to provide vCenter availability
  • Securing the management components
  • Designing a separate management cluster


This chapter discusses the design considerations that should be taken into account when designing the management layer of the virtual infrastructure. We will look at the different components that make ...

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