VCP Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional (Exam Cram Series) [NOOK Book]

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VCP Exam Cram

VMware Certified Professional

VCP-310 Exam

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Overview

VCP Exam Cram

VMware Certified Professional

VCP-310 Exam

Elias N. Khnaser

Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your VCP exam!

  • Master the essential concepts of VMware Infrastructure 3
  • Plan, install, deploy, and configure ESX Server 3.5
  • Understand how VMware Infrastructure is licensed
  • Implement reliable virtualized storage operations
  • Administer ESX Server 3.5 with VirtualCenter 2.5
  • Manage virtual machine operations
  • Systematically secure your virtual infrastructure
  • Manage and monitor virtual resources
  • Troubleshoot problems with ESX Server 3.5
  • Implement effective backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity
  • Maximize system availability in virtualized environments

WRITTEN BY A LEADING EXPERT:

Elias N. Khnaser is a published author, speaker, and consultant specializing in server-based computing and virtualization. He has implemented many of the world’s largest Citrix deployments. He is co-author of Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 Exam Cram (Exams 223/256) and Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789739438
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Series: Exam Cram
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,127,101
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Elias Khnaseris an author, speaker, and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware technologies. He has more than 12 years of experience in administration, engineering, and architecture and has written many books and articles on the subjects. Elias has designed and deployed some of the largest Citrix implementations in the world, including 14,000 users with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Elias has also been designing and deploying some of the largest VMware ESX deployments, helping companies consolidate servers and build scalable environments. With the need for DR and BC, Elias has helped numerous companies design, deploy, and test viable DR and BC plans. Elias has been involved in the build-out of numerous data centers, including Rush University; General Growth Properties, the second largest owner and operator of shopping malls in the world; TransMarket group, a Futures Trading firm with offices worldwide; Huron Consulting Group; and many more.

Elias' publications and accomplishments:

VMware Certified Professional Exam Cram by Que Publishing ISBN: 0-7897-3805-8 (June 2008)

VMware VI3: ESX Server 3.5 & Virtual Center 2.5 Training DVD by EliasKhnaser.com (April 2008)

"VMware ESX Server 3.0 CBT" by EliasKhnaser.com

"Citrix MetaFrame XP CBT" by CBTnuggets.com

Co-author of three published books:

Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 (Exams 223/256) (Exam Cram) by Que Publishing

MCSE Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network: Exam 70- 298 Study Guide and DVD Training System by Syngress Publishing

Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1 by Syngress Publishing

Contributing author at:

WindowsITPro Magazine

Techrepublic.com

Certcities.com

Cramsession.com

Dabcc.com

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Self-Assessment

Chapter 1: Introducing VMware Infrastructure

What Is Virtualization?

Why You Need Virtualization

Types of Virtualization

Virtual Machine Overview

Simulation and Emulation

Virtual and Physical Machine Comparison

Why VMware Infrastructure 3?

VMware Infrastructure 3 Suite

What Is VMFS?

The VMkernel

The Service Console

The VI Client

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 2: Planning, Installing, and Configuring ESX 3.5

ESX 3.5 Minimum Hardware Requirements

Disk Partitioning ESX 3.5

Installing ESX 3.5 Using a CD-ROM

ESX 3.5 Post-Installation Configurations

Accessing ESX Using the VI Client

Accessing ESX Server Using SSH

Modifying Service Console Memory Allocation

Configuring NTP Client on ESX Server

Troubleshooting ESX 3.5 Installation

Hardware Issues and Misconfigurations

Purple Screen of Death

Diagnostic Data Collection

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 3: Licensing VMware Infrastructure 3

Licensing

ESX Server Licensing

Evaluation Mode

Serial Number

Host-Based Licensing

Server-Based Licensing

VirtualCenter Licensing

How the License Key Functions

Per Processor

Per Instance

License Server

Installing the License Server

Working with the License Server

Losing the License Server

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 4: Virtual Networking Operations

What Are Virtual Switches?

Comparing Physical and Virtual Switches

Types of Virtual Switches

Internal Virtual Switch

Single Adapter Virtual Switch

Multiple Adapter Virtual Switch

Types of Virtual Switch Ports

Service Console

VMkernel

Virtual Machine

VLANs in Virtual Networking

Trunk Ports

802.1Q VLAN Tagging

Virtual Switch Policies

Virtual Switch Security

Traffic Shaping

NIC Teaming

Networking Maximums

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 5: Storage Operations

Storage in VI3

Fiber Channel

FC SAN Architecture

Masking

Zoning

FC Addressing

iSCSI

iSCSI Addressing

Software Initiator

Hardware Initiator

Network Attached Storage

ESX Features on NFS Datastores

Configuring NFS Datastores

Virtual Machine File System

Extending a Datastore

Multipathing

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 6: Administration with VirtualCenter 2.5

Planning and Installing VC

VC Blueprint

VC Preinstallation

VC Database Design

VC Installation

Designing a Functional VC Inventory

Folders

Datacenters

Clusters

Administration with VirtualCenter

VMware Infrastructure Client Tabs

Lockdown Mode

Plug-ins

Client Settings

VirtualCenter Maximums

VirtualCenter Server Backup and High Availability

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 7: Virtual Machine Operations

Virtual Machine Defined

Virtual Hardware

Virtual Machine Files

Creating a Virtual Machine

Installing a Guest Operating System

Understanding VMware Tools

Understanding and Working with Templates

Creating Templates

Guest OS Customization

Deploying Virtual Machines

Managing Virtual Machines

Cold Migration

What Are Snapshots?

Using VMware Converter Enterprise

Converter Enterprise Components

Converter Enterprise Installation

Cloning

Using Guided Consolidation

Discovery and Analysis

Performing the Consolidation

Virtual Machine Maximums

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 8: VMware Infrastructure Security and Web Access

VI Security Model

Users, Roles, Privileges, and Permissions

Working with Roles

Assigning Permissions

VirtualCenter Security

ESX Server Security

Web Access

Web Access Minimum Requirements

Remote Console URL

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 9: Managing VMware Infrastructure Resources

VM CPU and Memory Management

Using Resource Pools to Govern CPU/Memory Resources

VMotion

VMotion Host Prerequisites

Enabling VMotion

VMotion CPU Requirements

The VMotion Stages

Distributed Resource Scheduler

DRS Automation Process

DRS Cluster Validity

DRS Rules

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 10: Monitoring VMware Infrastructure Resources

Resource Optimization Concepts

Virtual CPU

Virtual Memory

Monitoring Virtual Machines and Hosts

CPU

Memory

Disk

Network

Monitoring with Alarms

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 11: Backup and High Availability

Backup Scenarios

Virtual Machine Backup Options

Host Backup Options

VMware Consolidated Backup

High Availability

Virtual Machine Failure Monitoring

HA Configuration Prerequisites

Service Console Redundancy

Host Failover Capacity Planning

Host Isolation

Virtual Machine Recovery Priority

Clustering

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 12: Practice Exam 1

Hints and Pointers

Practice Exam 1

Chapter 13: Answers to Practice Exam 1

Answers to Exam Questions

Chapter 14: Practice Exam 2

Hints and Pointers

Practice Exam 2

Chapter 15: Answers to Practice Exam 2

Answers to Exam Questions

Appendix A: Need to Know More?

Glossary

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Preface

Preface Preface

Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in the tech industry today. The leader in the virtualization space at the present time is without a doubt VMware with its virtual infrastructure offering. As VMware software began to take its place in the data center and demand respect in the industry, the need for a certification path became clear. Such a certification separates those who have studied the technology and can apply it at a professional level from those who have just installed it and started messing with it. I am a big believer that there is no alternative to studying a technology thoroughly. There is only so much you can learn from installing it and using it in only a few specific circumstances, because that exposes you only to limited features and obscures you from harnessing the full potential of the software by leveraging features you probably never knew existed. For this reason and many more, I am a strong believer that you should study the software, learn it, and then use it hands on as much as possible. It is by doing this that you truly master the software.

When you have studied and understand a software, taking a certification exam becomes relatively easy. For example, if you’ve thoroughly studied, you know that the maximum amount of physical memory that ESX 3.5 supports is 256GB. However, someone who just installs the software and starts using it may not know this because the software installation does not require this knowledge at the time of installation.

This book aims to present the information you need to recap and reinforce your existing knowledge of VMware Infrastructure 3 and properly prepare you toconfidently take the VCP-310 exam. The book is structured in a way to help you with your final exam preparation and contains enough information to make it a true test preparation book, but in a concise manner.


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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a beginning or advanced administrator? If you are, then this book <BR/>is for you. Author Edward L. Haletky, has done an outstanding job of <BR/>writing a book on VMware ESX Server versions 2.5x and 3.0.<BR/><BR/>Haletky, begin by reviewing the system requirements that you will need. <BR/>Then, the author covers installation differences, VM differences, and <BR/>management differences. Next, he covers some of the aspects of automated <BR/>deployment of ESX Servers and the tools needed to accomplish this task. The <BR/>author also discusses ESX from the perspective of security. He continues by <BR/>discussing the not-so-good and the good things about each SAN and what the <BR/>best practices are for use, support and configuration. Then, the author <BR/>reviews some operational constraints associated with the management of ESX <BR/>and the running of VMs. Next, he discusses the networking possibilities <BR/>within ESX Server and the requirements placed upon the eternal environment <BR/>if any. The author also shows you how to install, configure and attached <BR/>storage to your ESX Server. He continues by showing you how to use the <BR/>management interfaces as he addresses real-world examples of planning <BR/>installations. Then, the author discusses the use of various <BR/>performance-monitoring tools that will add to your understanding of how to <BR/>balance resources across multiple ESX Servers. Finally, the author <BR/>discusses some third-party tools available to make your backup and <BR/>restoration tasks simpler.<BR/><BR/>This most excellent book concludes with a discussion of the future of the <BR/>ESX Server. Perhaps more importantly, the best practices of the ESX Server <BR/>sprinkled throughout the book will entice and enlighten, and spark further <BR/>conversation and possibly well-considered changes to your current <BR/>environments.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    For VCP-310 Certification Training

    This book was a good short read; however the book was very general. I'm sure it has all of the crazy facts you need to pass your VMware VCP-310 in it, but it was not very technical at all. The book covers topics very high level and doesn't go into any detail about how things actually work. Although it was a good refresher on the VMware Acronyms, it wasn't a good book to learn technical details about how certain things work with VI.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    A great supplement to fundamental knowledge.

    No book is a substitute for working knowledge of a product before taking an exam, but I found this book extremely helpful in defragmenting the information I had already learned. Each chapters combines the terminology and key pieces of information that you need in order to work through the VCP exam. The test questions at the end of each chapter serve as a starting point to prepare you for the practice exams at the end. If you do not get at least 9/10 on the end of chapter questions, then re-read the chapter at least once more.<BR/><BR/>There were only a few things I found on the exam that were not covered in the book at least briefly so I still recommend following the VCP blueprint and VMware supplied materials as well. <BR/><BR/>There's no substitute for experience but this book definitely help me organize my thoughts to better prepare me for the exam. Check out my entry at http://day2dayadmin.blogspot.com if you're interested in more information about the VCP exam.

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