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Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments

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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-294717-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-294717-6

Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere® Deployments

The Complete Guide to Planning, Deploying, and Operating  High-Performance VMware vSphere 5 Virtual Infrastructure

To make the most of VMware’s vSphere 5, IT professionals need knowledge, tips, and insights they’ll  never find in the manuals–or in any book, until now! In Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments, two world-class VMware experts offer start-to-finish lessons for vSphere planning, implementation, operation, management, and troubleshooting: expert insights drawn from their unsurpassed  "in-the-trenches" consulting experience.

Writing for experienced VMware professionals, the authors focus on high-value techniques optimized for the new vSphere 5, helping you establish frameworks that support your virtual infrastructure’s evolution for years to come. They present scenarios and examples drawn from real-world data, helping you address crucial issues ranging from sizing and performance to redundancy. The book concludes with a full  case study that walks you through a design from inception through implementation and explores the reasons for each key decision.

Coverage includes

     •    Building a strong foundation for virtual infrastructure: design considerations and  best practices

     •    Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations

     •    Establishing a more stable infrastructure

     •    Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions

     •    Transforming your VMware design from  blueprint to completion

     •    Operating vSphere solutions more efficiently  on a day-to-day basis    

     •    Automating tasks and maximizing availability

     •    Streamlining the installation of updates, patches, and upgrades

     •    Forecasting and planning capacity on an ongoing basis to support growth

     •    Overcoming roadblocks on the journey to  100% virtualization

     •    Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community

     •    Discovering the most valuable and current online VMware resources

     •    Examples using Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) are provided throughout the book

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Laying the Groundwork






Laying the Groundwork Summary

Chapter 2 Implementing the Solution

Following the Design Blueprint

    Reviewing the Design Documentation

    Stakeholder Review

    Functional Requirements


    Technical Review


    Design Deviations

Automating Implementation Tasks


    Host Profiles

    Auto Deploy Server

    vCenter Orchestrator

Verifying Implementation

    Testing Functionality

    Quality Assurance Assessment

Implementing the Solution Summary

Chapter 3 Operating the Environment


    Data Recovery

Disaster Recovery

    Manual Disaster Recovery

    Site Recovery Manager

Physical to Virtual Conversions

    Issues and Troubleshooting

    Domain Controllers

    Windows Server with OEM Installations

    SQL, Exchange, and Other Applications Servers


    V2V and Other Methods


    Update Manager



    Defining Actions for Alarms

    Considerations for Tweaking Default Alarms

Verifying Configurations

    Host Profiles

    Health Check

    VMware’s Health Check Delivery

Operating the Environment Summary

Chapter 4 Managing the Environment

Capacity Management

    Storage Capacity Management

    Host Capacity Management

    Networking Capacity Management

Performance Management

    Storage Performance Management

    Host Performance Management

    Networking Performance Management

    vCenter Operations Management Suite

Managing the Environment Summary

Chapter 5 Roadblocks to 100% Virtualization

Political Roadblocks

Financial Roadblocks

    Capex Versus Opex


    Policies and Culture

Technical Roadblocks

    VM Sprawl

    Application Roadblocks

    Desktop Virtualization

Roadblocks to 100% Virtualization Summary

Chapter 6 Full Case Study

Customer Scenario

    Planning and Designing




Full Case Study Summary

Appendix A Additional Resources

9780321820471    TOC    6/28/2012


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