A plain-English guide to the market-leading virtualization and cloud computing technology With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure.
A plain-English guide to the market-leading virtualization and cloud computing technology With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure. This practical guide shows you how to create a virtual system using the VMware VSphere environment. You'll find all the information you need to understand, design, and deploy one without getting overwhelmed with technical detail. And once you re up and running, this book is the perfect reference for maintenance and troubleshooting issues. * Introduces you to virtualization and VMware s virtualization/cloud computing technology, the most recent version is VMware vSphere Shows you how to design a vSphere environment * Covers installation, deployment, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting * Provides what IT managers and system administrators need to roll out their first virtualized or cloud infrastructure, or to get up to speed on VMware s technology Get up and running on the cloud with VMware vSphere For Dummies!
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Dan Mitchell is Technical Director for DynamicOps and founder of www.StartsWithV.com, a Web site and blog focused on virtualization technology and the surrounding industry. Tom Keegan has been working with VMware products for ten years and is certified as a VMware VCP and a Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4 Datacenter Design. He is a Technical Director at Fresenius Medical Care.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Part I: Deciding on vSphere 7 Chapter 1: Getting the Most Out of VMware vSphere 9 Chapter 2: Introducing Virtualization 15 Chapter 3: Exploring the Capabilities of VMware vSphere 29 Chapter 4: Comparing Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 with vSphere 4.x 39 Part II: Getting Ready for vSphere 51 Chapter 5: Planning for a vSphere Rollout 53 Chapter 6: Preparing Network and Storage for vSphere 65 Part III: Installing vSphere 73 Chapter 7: Installing VMware ESX 4 for the First Time 75 Chapter 8: Building the vCenter Server 89 Chapter 9: Getting Started with the vSphere Client 103 Part IV: Configuring and Connecting vSphere 111 Chapter 10: Configuring a New vCenter Server 113 Chapter 11: Wiring Up vSphere to the Network, Virtually 129 Chapter 12: Connecting vSphere to Shared Storage 149 Chapter 13: Assembling an ESX Cluster 171 Part V: Administering and Maintaining vSphere 181 Chapter 14: Creating, Cloning, and Converting VMs 183 Chapter 15: Organizing vSphere Resources 205 Chapter 16: Events, Alarms, and Monitoring 219 Chapter 17: A Quick Tour of Your Virtual Infrastructure 231 Chapter 18: One of These Hosts Is Not Like the Other Host Profiles 241 Part VI: Tuning and Troubleshooting vSphere 259 Chapter 19: Making VMs Play Fair with Resource Pools 261 Chapter 20: Using vSphere Availability Features 271 Chapter 21: Troubleshooting vSphere 287 Part VII: The Part of Tens 301 Chapter 22: Ten Tools to Make vSphere Management Easier 303 Chapter 23: Ten Places to Improve Your vSphere Know-How 313 Chapter 24: Ten Pro Tips for a Successful vSphere Deployment 317 Index 323
VMware vSphere For Dummies by Daniel Mitchell
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