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Overview

“With this book, Eric has created a roadmap through the intricacies of VMware Infrastructure 3. From initial requirements gathering to advanced configuration topics, the logical progression of the chapters allows readers to jump in at whatever point makes the most sense in their own environment. Beginners and veterans alike will find themselves using it as both a guide and a reference.”

--Mark Chandler, Infrastructure Engineer Principal, VMware Certified Professional and vExpert 2009

“Through his work at Boston Market, his involvement as a community moderator on the VMTN forums, his management of his own vmware-land.com website, and his active blogging, Eric Siebert has established himself as an expert in the field of virtualization. In this book, he shares his knowledge of VMware virtualization in a manner that will benefit the novice and the expert alike.”

--Ken Cline, Technical Director, Virtualization, Wells Landers

The Definitive Guide to Planning, Implementing, Securing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

This is the most comprehensive guide to planning for, implementing, securing, maintaining, monitoring, and troubleshooting VMware VI3 in any IT environment. Written by Eric Siebert, a veteran VMware system administrator and one of only 300 vExperts named by VMware in 2009, this book will help IT professionals make the best possible decisions about VMware every step of the way.

Siebert presents extensive coverage of the upfront planning and architectural tasks that can make or break VMware deployments, sharing practical insights you’ll never find in the official documentation. Next, he presents dozens of tips, tricks, and best practices for everything from migration and configuration to backup. Along the way, Siebert introduces advanced techniques for optimizing both the efficiency of VMware system administration and the effectiveness of VMware virtual environments. Coverage includes

  • Understanding your current infrastructure--and all the ways virtualization will change it
  • Building VI3 environments for maximum reliability and performance
  • Choosing the right software, servers, storage, and network infrastructure
  • Constructing your virtualized environment
  • Configuring virtual networking, storage, and resources to maximize host and guest performance
  • Systematically securing hosts, VMs, networks, and vCenter Servers
  • Mastering best practices for populating virtual environments, including P2V migration, templating, and the use of ISO files
  • Monitoring your virtual environment, analyzing metrics, and proactively eliminating bottlenecks
  • Applying patches to fix bugs and security vulnerabilities without introducing problems caused by unexpected dependencies
  • Troubleshooting virtual environments: identifying and resolving specific problems, one step at a time
  • Improving administration with snapshots, scripting, and other advanced techniques

VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration is an invaluable guide for every professional working with VMware, including architects designing virtual infrastructures, as well as managers and administrators who must implement and support them.

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Assessing Your Current Environment 3

Chapter 2 Planning Your Virtual Environment 25

Chapter 3 Building Your Virtual Environment 75

Chapter 4 Configuring Your Virtual Environment 119

Chapter 5 Securing Your Virtual Environment 219

Chapter 6 Populating Your Virtual Environment 263

Chapter 7 Monitoring Your Virtual Environment 335

Chapter 8 Maintaining Your Virtual Environment 365

Chapter 9 Backing Up Your Virtual Environment 399

Chapter 10 Troubleshooting Your Virtual Environment 409

Chapter 11 Advanced Topics 435

Index 467

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137007035
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/4/2009
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Siebert has been working with computers for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years, his main focus has been the administration of Windows server environments and supporting enterprise applications such as web, email, and database servers. Four years ago, he discovered virtualization technology in the form of VMware ESX and has been hooked ever since, spending countless hours learning the product inside and out. He now spends much of his time helping others in VMware’s community support forums, having achieved Guru status and become one of the forum’s moderators. His own website, http://vmware-land.com, is where he shares his tips and experiences and hundreds of links to technical information and top ten lists on a variety of subjects. In addition, Eric writes tips and blogs for Tech Target on sites such as searchvmware.com, searchservervirtualization.com, and searchdatabackup.com. Most recently, he was a speaker, panelist, and Best of VMworld awards judge at VMworld 2008 and is a regular guest on VMware’s weekly VMTN roundtable podcast. In 2009, Eric was awarded the VMware vExpert award, one of only 300 people worldwide recognized for their knowledge, experience, and contributions to the VMware community.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Assessing Your Current Environment 3

Chapter 2 Planning Your Virtual Environment 25

Chapter 3 Building Your Virtual Environment 75

Chapter 4 Configuring Your Virtual Environment 119

Chapter 5 Securing Your Virtual Environment 219

Chapter 6 Populating Your Virtual Environment 263

Chapter 7 Monitoring Your Virtual Environment 335

Chapter 8 Maintaining Your Virtual Environment 365

Chapter 9 Backing Up Your Virtual Environment 399

Chapter 10 Troubleshooting Your Virtual Environment 409

Chapter 11 Advanced Topics 435

Index 467

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Preface

Praise for VMware VI3 Implementation and AdministrationPraise for VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration

“With this book, Eric has created a roadmap through the intricacies of VMware Infrastructure 3. From initial requirements gathering to advanced configuration topics, the logical progression of the chapters allows readers to jump in at whatever point makes the most sense in their own environment. Beginners and veterans alike will find themselves using it as both a guide and a reference.”

—Mark Chandler, Infrastructure Engineer Principal,
VMware Certified Professional and vExpert 2009

“Through his work at Boston Market, his involvement as a community moderator on the VMTN forums, his management of his own vmware-land.com website, and his active blogging, Eric Siebert has established himself as an expert in the field of virtualization. In this book, he shares his knowledge of VMware virtualization in a manner that will benefit the novice and the expert alike.”

—Ken Cline, Technical Director, Virtualization, Wells Landers

“Eric’s book takes the new VMware administrator by the hand and slaps the seasoned administrator upside the head. He does a great job of covering everything from capacity planning to infrastructure monitoring, all the while explaining the pros and cons that only an experienced virtualization implementer could provide.”

—Rich Brambley, Virtualization Consultant, owner and sole
contributor of http://vmetc.com blog

“This is another great chance to learn about VMware virtualization techniques from a well-informed seasonedprofessional. This book is great for someone who is starting out with a VMware infrastructure as well as a seasoned professional looking to reinforce preexisting knowledge.”

—Stephen Beaver, Virtualization Evangelist, Tripwire

“I have read hundreds of articles by Eric Siebert and always wished that I could have them in a single book. That wish has finally come true. In Eric’s VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration book, he covers VI up and down, inside and out, like only Eric can. It’s the ultimate VMware VI manual.”

—David Davis, VCP, vExpert, and author of the VMware ESX Video
Training Course from http://www.TrainSignal.com

VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration educates even the most experienced VI administrator and should be part of every (virtual) toolkit!”

—Duncan Epping, Senior Consultant, VMware; virtualization blogger, Yellow-Bricks.com

“This book is a very well-written, comprehensive field guide that does a fantastic job of taking the reader across the entire lifecycle of a virtualization deployment—walking through the background information, the planning stages, and then the actual implementation itself—and it then wraps things up nicely by providing the help and the knowledge necessary to properly maintain and troubleshoot the virtual environment once it goes live. The advantage of reading a book like this from an author who is a subject matter expert and who obviously has years of hands-on experience with the technology is that you can quickly and easily identify the problem areas and technology gaps before you have to experience them first hand; and you can avoid those common pitfalls and gotchas that others have had to go through in their own journeys.”

—David Marshall, owner, VMBlog.com

“As an experienced VMware certified instructor, I’m involved in delivering VMware courses on a daily basis. I know how important it is to keep your students involved in a course. When you start reading this book, I can assure you, you will read it from A to Z. In the past three years I’ve seen lots of books. Eric Siebert did a great job with this one. He was able to write up topics varying from ‘installing’ and ‘advanced configuration’ in a clear and understandable way and put them together in this book. VMWare VI3 Implementation and Administration is...a must-read for every VMware believer.”

—Eric Sloof, NTPRO.NL

VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration is a practical and informative guide on how to get started building a VMware Virtual Infrastructure. Eric Siebert has done a wonderful job explaining in a step-by-step approach (including screen shots) how to accomplish administrative tasks on the latest VMware virtualization software. This book will be a handy guide for beginning VMware administrators to implement VMware best practices to avoid problems and enhance the performance and security of their virtual machines.”

—George Vish, Senior Education Consultant

Introduction

Virtualization is not a new technology, but it has gained popularity in recent years and is used to some degree in almost all datacenters. For most companies, it’s not a question of when they are going to virtualize their infrastructure but how much they are going to virtualize. Virtualization has many benefits over traditional physical servers, and the technology is constantly evolving and improving to further make the decision of whether to virtualize an easy one. In addition to the many vendors offering virtualization hypervisors, such as VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix, the physical hardware technology vendors, such as AMD and Intel, are changing their products to optimize them to work with virtual hosts. In addition, a large amount of vendors have written virtualization-specific applications or modified their applications and hardware to work in virtual environments because they recognize that virtualization is here to stay. Virtualization is so popular now that almost all software vendors support it. So, you don’t have to worry about issues with a vendor supporting their application running in a virtual environment. In addition, most vendors have changed their licensing policies so that they are friendly to running on virtual machines.

If you are looking at this book, you must be interested in learning more about virtualization and how to implement it. This book was written to cover all the various phases of implementing a virtualization project using VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3, from the initial planning stages all the way through designing, building, configuring, maintaining, troubleshooting, and more. VMware has made it fairly easy to install and use their virtualization products, but there’s a lot you need to know to properly set up your environment and to understand how everything works, including the differences between physical and virtual servers. This book walks you through the various stages and provides information and tips to guide you through them so that you make informed decisions, use best practices, and avoid common mistakes.

This book was written using ESX version 3.5 Update 3 and vCenter Server version 2.5 Update 3. VMware is continuously updating their products to further improve them and provide more features and functionality, and as of the writing of this book, VMware is close to releasing their next-generation product (VI4), tentatively named vSphere. This new version should be an exciting release as VMware continues to build on their Virtual Datacenter OS vision and to head toward their vCloud initiative. Look for a follow-up to this book that will help you understand the new version and how to implement and administrate it and upgrade to it from the VI3 release.

A friend of mine likes to say that virtualization is a journey, not a project. The journey begins with learning about virtualization, but does not end after you implement it. Virtualization is an enabling technology that will change the way you do things in your datacenter and provide you with greater flexibility and more options for administering your servers. My own virtualization journey began many years ago as part of a server consolidation project and continues today; I am still learning and adapting to all the new technologies and features that come with each new release. So head on over to the first chapter and let your own journey into virtualization begin!


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    This is an excellent reference for VMware Virtual Infrastructure administrators. It covers planning, configuration, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of your virtual data center running on VMware. The concepts are clear with procedures to accomplish common operations. It also includes Best Practice sections to optimize your virtual infrastructure. This is the first book I'd open when a problem arises with my virtual infrastructure.

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