Virtual machines (VMs) are central to any vSphere design. After all, isn't that why we try so hard to optimize all the other pieces of the puzzle? Many organizations spend considerable time and resources ensuring that the network, servers, and storage are suitably redundant, efficient, and capacious. However, often the design of the VMs is paid lip service. You can gain tremendous benefits by giving a little thought to how the VMs are designed and configured.
This chapter will explore what makes up each VM, to help you understand how to take advantage of the different options and realize the impact of these decisions on the rest of your vSphere design. The guest operating system (OS) within the VM can also affect overall ...