VMware vSphere 6.7 Data Center Design Cookbook - Third Edition

Book description

Design a virtualized data center with VMware vSphere 6.7

Key Features

  • Get the first book on the market that helps you design a virtualized data center with VMware vSphere 6.7
  • Learn how to create professional vSphere design documentation to ensure a successful implementation
  • A practical guide that will help you apply infrastructure design principles to vSphere design

Book Description

VMware is the industry leader in data center virtualization. The vSphere 6.x suite of products provides a robust and resilient platform to virtualize server and application workloads.

This book uses proven infrastructure design principles and applies them to VMware vSphere 6.7 virtual data center design through short and focused recipes on each design aspect. The second edition of this book focused on vSphere 6.0. vSphere features released since then necessitate an updated design guide, which includes recipes for upgrading to 6.7, vCenter HA; operational improvements; cutting-edge, high-performance storage access such as RDMA and Pmem; security features such as encrypted vMotion and VM-level encryption; Proactive HA; HA Orchestrated Restart; Predictive DRS; and more.

By the end of the book, you will be able to achieve enhanced compute, storage, network, and management capabilities for your virtual data center.

What you will learn

  • Identify key factors related to a vSphere design
  • Mitigate security risks and meet compliance requirements in a vSphere design
  • Create a vSphere conceptual design by identifying technical and business requirements
  • Design for performance, availability, recoverability, manageability, and security
  • Map the logical resource design into the physical vSphere design
  • Create professional vSphere design documentation

Who this book is for

If you are an administrator or consultant interested in designing virtualized data center environments using VMware vSphere 6.x (or previous versions of vSphere and the supporting components), this book is for you.

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Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright and Credits
    1. VMware vSphere 6.7 Data Center Design Cookbook Third Edition
  3. About Packt
    1. Why subscribe?
    2. Packt.com
  4. Contributors
    1. About the authors
    2. About the reviewer
    3. Packt is searching for authors like you
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
      1. Download the color images
      2. Conventions used
    4. Sections
      1. Getting ready
      2. How to do it…
      3. How it works…
      4. There's more…
      5. See also
    5. Get in touch
      1. Reviews
  6. The Virtual Data Center
    1. Benefits and technologies of virtualization
      1. The hypervisor
      2. Virtual machines
      3. Virtual infrastructure management
      4. Understanding the benefits of virtualization
      5. Identifying when not to virtualize
    2. Becoming a virtual data center architect
      1. How it works…
      2. There's more…
    3. Using a holistic approach to data center design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Passing the VMware VCAP6-DCV Design exam
      1. Getting ready
      2. How to do it…
      3. There's more…
    5. Becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert
      1. How to do it…
      2. There's more…
    6. Identifying what's new in vSphere 6.7
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    7. Planning a vSphere 6.7 upgrade
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  7. The Discovery Process
    1. Identifying the design factors
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Identifying stakeholders
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    3. Conducting stakeholder interviews
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Using VMware Capacity Planner
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    5. Using Windows Performance Monitor
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. Conducting a VMware optimization assessment
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Identifying dependencies
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  8. The Design Factors
    1. Identifying design requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    2. Identifying design constraints
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    3. Making design assumptions
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    4. Identifying design risks
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Considering infrastructure design qualities
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. Creating the conceptual design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
        1. Design requirements
        2. Design constraints
        3. Assumptions
      3. There's more…
  9. vSphere Management Design
    1. Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Selecting a vCenter deployment option
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Determining vCenter resource requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    4. Selecting a database for the vCenter deployment
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Determining database interoperability
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. Choosing a vCenter deployment topology
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Designing for management availability
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    8. Designing a separate management cluster
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    9. Configuring vCenter mail, SNMP, and alarms
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    10. Using Enhanced Linked Mode
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    11. Using the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    12. Backing up the vCenter Server components
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    13. Planning vCenter HA to increase vCenter availability
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    14. Upgrading vCenter Server
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    15. Designing a vSphere Update Manager Deployment
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
  10. vSphere Storage Design
    1. Identifying RAID levels
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    2. Calculating storage capacity requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    3. Determining storage performance requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    4. Calculating storage throughput
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Storage connectivity options
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    6. Storage path selection plugins
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Sizing datastores
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    8. Designing VSAN for virtual machine storage
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    9. Using VMware Virtual Volumes
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    10. Incorporating storage policies into a design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    11. NFS version 4.1 capabilities and limits
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    12. Using persistent memory to maximize VM performance
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  11. vSphere Network Design
    1. Determining network bandwidth requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    2. Standard or distributed virtual switches
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    3. Providing network availability
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Network resource management
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Using private VLANs
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. IP storage network design considerations
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Using jumbo frames
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    8. Creating custom TCP/IP stacks
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    9. Designing for VMkernel services
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    10. vMotion network design considerations
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    11. Using 10 GbE converged network adapters
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    12. IPv6 in a vSphere design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    13. Remote direct memory access options
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  12. vSphere Compute Design
    1. Calculating CPU resource requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Calculating memory resource requirements
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Transparent page sharing
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    4. Scaling up or scaling out
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    5. Determining the vCPU-to-core ratio
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    6. Clustering compute resources
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Reserving HA resources to support failover
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    8. Using distributed resource scheduling to balance cluster resources
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    9. Ensuring cluster vMotion compatibility
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    10. Using resource pools
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    11. Providing Fault Tolerance protection
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    12. Leveraging host flash
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  13. vSphere Physical Design
    1. Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    2. Understanding the physical storage design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Understanding the physical network design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Creating the physical compute design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Creating a custom ESXi image
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. The best practices for ESXi host BIOS settings
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    7. Upgrading an ESXi host
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  14. Virtual Machine Design
    1. Right-sizing virtual machines
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Enabling CPU hot add and memory hot plug
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Using paravirtualized VM hardware
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Creating virtual machine templates
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    5. Upgrading and installing VMware Tools
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. Upgrading VM virtual hardware
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    7. Using vApps to organize virtualized applications
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    8. Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    9. Using VM to Host affinity and anti-affinity rules
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    10. Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    11. Migrating servers into vSphere
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  15. vSphere Security Design
    1. Managing the single sign-on password policy
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Managing single sign-on identity sources
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Security design with the VMware Certificate Authority
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Using Active Directory for host authentication
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. ESXi firewall configuration
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    6. ESXi Lockdown Mode
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Configuring role-based access control
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    8. Virtual network security
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    9. Using the VMware vSphere 6 Hardening Guide
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  16. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
    1. Backing up ESXi host configurations
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    2. Configuring ESXi host logging
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Backing up virtual distributed switch configurations
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works...
    4. Deploying Veeam Backup and Replication
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Using Veeam Backup and Replication to back up virtual machines
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
      3. There's more…
    6. Replicating virtual machines with vSphere Replication
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Protecting the virtual data center with Site Recovery Manager
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
  17. Design Documentation
    1. Creating the architecture design document
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    2. Writing an implementation plan
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    3. Developing an installation guide
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    4. Creating a validation test plan
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    5. Writing operational procedures
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    6. Presenting the design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
    7. Implementing the design
      1. How to do it…
      2. How it works…
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Product information

  • Title: VMware vSphere 6.7 Data Center Design Cookbook - Third Edition
  • Author(s): Mike Brown, Hersey Cartwright
  • Release date: March 2019
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781789801514