Chapter 8. The vSphere Physical Design

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
  • Understanding the physical storage design
  • Understanding the physical network design
  • Creating the physical compute design
  • Creating a custom ESXi image
  • Best practices for ESXi host BIOS settings


The vSphere physical design process (shown in the following diagram) includes choosing and configuring the physical hardware required to support the storage, network, and compute requirements:


During the physical design process, the hardware and configuration choices should map to the logical design and satisfy ...

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