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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321820471
  • Publisher: VMware Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,429,967
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Crookston currently is a data center implementation engineer at TBL Networks, a VMware Enterprise Solutions Provider in Richmond, Virginia. Sean holds certifications from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and Microsoft. Throughout his career, Sean has engineered technology solutions for the healthcare, government, manufacturing, publishing/broadcast, and high-tech industries that streamline business processes and reduce operational expenses. Sean has been awarded the VMware vExpert award in 2010 and 2011.

Harley Stagner is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX #46) and the first VCDX in Virginia. Harley is currently a datacenter design architect at TBL Networks, a VMware Enterprise Solutions Provider in Richmond, Virginia. Harley is focused on vSphere Architecture utilizing the latest datacenter technologies. Harley maintains a blog about these specialties at harleystagner.com. A list of Harley’s other publications can be found at www.harleystagner.com/publications.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 Laying the Groundwork

Planning

Capacity

Performance

Management

Designing

Laying the Groundwork Summary

Chapter 2 Implementing the Solution

Following the Design Blueprint

Reviewing the Design Documentation

Stakeholder Review

Functional Requirements

Constraints

Technical Review

Assumptions

Design Deviations

Automating Implementation Tasks

PowerCLI

Host Profiles

Auto Deploy Server

vCenter Orchestrator

Verifying Implementation

Testing Functionality

Quality Assurance Assessment

Implementing the Solution Summary

Chapter 3 Operating the Environment

Backups

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

Linux

V2V and Other Methods

Maintenance

Update Manager

Monitoring

Alerting

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

ROI

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

Implementation

Operating

Managing

Full Case Study Summary

Appendix A Additional Resources

9780321820471 TOC 6/28/2012

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