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Mastering VMware vSphere 6
By Pranay Jha | May 3, 2016 | In Tutorials | Update: May 3, 2016 | Total Views [ 2398 ]
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Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Introducing VMware vSphere 6

  • Exploring VMware vSphere 6.0
  • Examining the Products in the vSphere Suite
  • Examining the Features in VMware vSphere
  • Licensing VMware vSphere
  • Why choose vSphere?
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 2: Planning and Installing VMware ESXi

  • Planning a VMware vSphere Deployment
  • Choosing a Server Platform
  • Determining a Storage Architecture
  • Integrating with the Network Infrastructure
  • Deploying VMware ESXi
  • Installing VMware ESXi Interactively
  • Performing an Unattended Installation of VMware ESXi
  • Deploying VMware ESXi with vSphere Auto Deploy
  • Performing Post installation Configuration
  • Installing the vSphere Desktop Client
  • Reconfiguring the Management Network
  • Configuring Time Synchronization
  • Configuring Name Resolution
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 3: Installing and Configuring vCenter Server

  • Introducing vCenter Server
  • Centralizing User Authentication Using vCenter Single Sign-On
  • Understanding the Platform Services Controller
  • Using the vSphere Web Client for Administration
  • Providing an Extensible Framework
  • Choosing the Version of vCenter Server
  • Planning and Designing a vCenter Server Deployment
  • Sizing Hardware for vCenter Server
  • Choosing a Database Server for vCenter Server
  • Planning for vCenter Server Availability
  • Running vCenter Server and Its Components as VMs
  • Installing vCenter Server and Its Components
  • Configuring the vCenter Server Backend Database Server
  • Configuring the ODBC DSN
  • Installing the vCenter Server Components
  • Installing vCenter Server in a Linked Mode Group
  • Deploying the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance
  • Exploring vCenter Server 91
  • What's in the vSphere Web Client Home Screen?
  • Using the Navigator
  • Creating and Managing a vCenter Server Inventory
  • Understanding Inventory Views and Objects
  • Creating and Adding Inventory Objects
  • Exploring vCenter Server's Management Features
  • Understanding Basic Host Management
  • Examining Basic Host Configuration
  • Using Scheduled Tasks
  • Using the Events Console in vCenter Server
  • Working with Host Profiles
  • Tags
  • Managing vCenter Server Settings
  • General vCenter Server Settings
  • Licensing
  • Message of the Day
  • Advanced Settings
  • vSphere Web Client Administration
  • Roles
  • Licensing
  • vCenter Solutions Manager
  • Log Browser
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 4: vSphere Update Manager and the vCenter Support Tools

  • vSphere Update Manager
  • Installing vSphere Update Manager
  • Defining the Requirements
  • Configuring VUM's Database
  • Creating the Open Database Connectivity Data Source Name
  • Installing VUM
  • Installing the Update Manager Download Service (Optional)
  • Installing the vSphere Update Manager Client
  • Reconfiguring the VUM or UMDS Installation with the Update Manager Utility
  • Upgrading VUM from a Previous Version
  • Configuring vSphere Update Manager
  • Creating Baselines
  • Routine Updates
  • Attaching and Detaching Baselines or Baseline Groups
  • Performing a Scan
  • Staging Patches
  • Remediating Hosts
  • Upgrading VMware Tools
  • Upgrading Virtual Appliances and Host Extensions
  • Upgrading Hosts with vSphere Update Manager
  • Importing an ESXi Image and Creating the Host Upgrade Baseline
  • Upgrading a Host
  • Upgrading VM Hardware
  • Performing an Orchestrated Upgrade
  • Investigating Alternative Update Options
  • Using vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI
  • Upgrading and Patching without vSphere Update Manager
  • vCenter Support Tools
  • ESXi Dump Collector
  • Syslog Collector
  • Other vCenter Support Tools
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 5: Creating and Configuring Virtual Networks

  • Putting Together a Virtual Network
  • Working with vSphere Standard Switches
  • Comparing Virtual Switches and Physical Switches
  • Understanding Ports and Port Groups
  • Understanding Uplinks
  • Configuring Management Networking
  • Configuring VMkernel Networking
  • Enabling Enhanced Multicast Functions
  • Configuring TCP/IP Stacks
  • Configuring VM Networking
  • Configuring VLANs
  • Configuring NIC Teaming
  • Using and Configuring Traffic Shaping
  • Bringing It All Together
  • Working with vSphere Distributed Switches
  • Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Removing an ESXi Host from a Distributed Switch
  • Removing a Distributed Switch
  • Managing Distributed Switches
  • Working with Distributed Port Groups
  • Managing VMkernel Adapters
  • Using Net Flow on vSphere Distributed Switches
  • Enabling Switch Discovery Protocols
  • Enabling Enhanced Multicast Functions
  • Setting Up Private VLANs
  • Configuring LACP
  • Examining Third-Party Distributed Virtual Switches
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • IBM Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V
  • HP Flex Fabric Virtual Switch 5900v
  • Configuring Virtual Switch Security
  • Understanding and Using Promiscuous Mode
  • Allowing MAC Address Changes and Forged Transmits
  • Looking Ahead
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 6: Creating and Configuring Storage Devices

  • Reviewing the Importance of Storage Design
  • Examining Shared Storage Fundamentals
  • Comparing Local Storage with Shared Storage
  • Defining Common Storage Array Architectures
  • Explaining RAID
  • Understanding Virtual SAN
  • Understanding Midrange and External Enterprise Storage Array Design
  • Choosing a Storage Protocol
  • Making Basic Storage Choices
  • Implementing vSphere Storage Fundamentals
  • Reviewing Core vSphere Storage Concepts
  • Understanding Virtual Volumes
  • SCs vs. LUNs
  • Storage Policies
  • Virtual Volumes
  • Working with VMFS Data stores
  • Working with Raw Device Mappings
  • Working with NFS Data stores
  • Working with VM-Level Storage Configuration
  • Leveraging SAN and NAS Best Practices
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 7: Ensuring High Availability and Business Continuity

  • Understanding the Layers of High Availability
  • Clustering VMs
  • Introducing Network Load Balancing Clustering
  • Introducing Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • Implementing vSphere High Availability
  • Understanding vSphere High Availability
  • Understanding vSphere HA's Underpinnings
  • Introducing Virtual Machine Component Protection
  • Enabling vSphere High Availability
  • Configuring vSphere High Availability
  • Managing vSphere High Availability
  • Introducing vSphere SMP Fault Tolerance
  • Using vSphere SMP Fault Tolerance with vSphere High Availability
  • Examining vSphere Fault Tolerance Use Cases
  • Planning for Business Continuity
  • Providing Data Protection
  • Recovering from Disasters
  • Using vSphere Replication
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 8: Securing VMware vSphere

  • Overview of vSphere Security
  • Securing ESXi Hosts
  • Working with ESXi Authentication
  • Controlling Access to ESXi Hosts
  • Keeping ESXi Hosts Patched
  • Managing ESXi Host Permissions
  • Configuring ESXi Host Logging
  • Reviewing Other ESXi Security Recommendations
  • Securing vCenter Server
  • Managing vSphere Certificates
  • Getting Started with Certificate Manager
  • Authenticating Users with Single Sign-On
  • Understanding the vpxuser Account
  • Managing vCenter Server Permissions
  • Examining vCenter Server Logging
  • Securing Virtual Machines
  • Configuring Network Security Policies
  • Keeping VMs Patched
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 9: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

  • Understanding Virtual Machines
  • Examining Virtual Machines from the Inside
  • Examining Virtual Machines from the Outside
  • Creating a Virtual Machine
  • Choosing Values for Your New Virtual Machine
  • Installing a Guest Operating System
  • Working with Installation Media
  • Using the Installation Media
  • Working in the Virtual Machine Console
  • Installing VMware Tools
  • Installing VMware Tools in Windows
  • Installing VMware Tools in Linux
  • Managing Virtual Machines
  • Adding or Registering Existing VMs
  • Changing VM Power States
  • Removing VMs
  • Deleting VMs
  • Modifying Virtual Machines
  • Changing Virtual Machine Hardware
  • Using Virtual Machine Snapshots
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 10: Using Templates and vApps

  • Cloning vMs
  • Installing Sysprep on the vCenter Server
  • Creating a Customization Specification
  • Cloning a Virtual Machine
  • Creating Templates and Deploying Virtual Machines
  • Cloning a Virtual Machine to a Template
  • Deploying a Virtual Machine from a Template
  • Using OVF Templates
  • Deploying a VM from an OVF Template
  • Exporting a VM as an OVF Template
  • Examining OVF Templates
  • Using Content Libraries
  • Content Library Data and Storage
  • Content Library Synchronization
  • Creating and Publishing a Content Library
  • Subscribing to a Content Library
  • Working with vApps
  • Creating a vApp
  • Editing a vApp
  • Changing a vApp's Power State
  • Cloning a vApp
  • Importing Machines from Other Environments
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 11: Managing Resource Allocation

  • Reviewing Virtual Machine Resource Allocation
  • Working with Virtual Machine Memory
  • Understanding ESXi Advanced Memory Technologies
  • Controlling Memory Allocation
  • Managing Virtual Machine CPU Utilization
  • Default CPU Allocation
  • Setting CPU Affinity
  • Using CPU Reservations
  • Using CPU Limits
  • Using CPU Shares
  • Summarizing How Reservations, Limits and Shares Work with CPUs
  • Using Resource Pools
  • Configuring Resource Pools
  • Understanding Resource Allocation with Resource Pools
  • Regulating Network I/O Utilization
  • Controlling Storage I/O Utilization
  • Enabling Storage I/O Control
  • Configuring Storage Resource Settings for a Virtual Machine
  • Using Flash Storage
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 12: Balancing Resource Utilization

  • Comparing Utilization with Allocation
  • Exploring vMotion
  • Examining vMotion Requirements
  • Performing a vMotion Migration within a Cluster
  • Ensuring vMotion Compatibility
  • Using Per-Virtual-Machine CPU Masking
  • Using VMware Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Using Storage vMotion
  • Combining vMotion with Storage vMotion
  • Introducing Cross vCenter vMotion
  • Examining Cross vCenter vMotion Requirements
  • Performing a Cross vCenter Motion
  • Exploring vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Understanding Manual Automation Behavior
  • Reviewing Partially Automated Behavior
  • Examining Fully Automated Behavior
  • Working with Distributed Resource Scheduler Rules
  • Working with Storage DRS
  • Creating and Working with Data store Clusters
  • Configuring Storage DRS
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 13: Monitoring VMware vSphere Performance

  • Overview of Performance Monitoring
  • Using Alarms
  • Understanding Alarm Scopes
  • Creating Alarms
  • Managing Alarms
  • Working with Performance Charts
  • Overview Layout
  • Advanced Layout
  • Working with resxtop
  • Using resxtop
  • Capturing and Playing Back Performance Data with resxtop
  • Monitoring CPU Usage
  • Monitoring Memory Usage
  • Monitoring Network Usage
  • Monitoring Disk Usage
  • The Bottom Line

Chapter 14: Automating VMware vSphere

  • Why Use Automation?
  • vSphere Automation Options
  • Automating with PowerCLI
  • PowerShell and PowerCLI
  • What's New in PowerCLI 6
  • Installing and Confi guring PowerCLI
  • Getting Started with PowerCLI
  • Building PowerCLI Scripts
  • PowerCLI Advanced Capabilities
  • Using vCLI from vSphere Management Assistant
  • What's New in vCLI and vMA for vSphere 6
  • vCLI Requirements
  • Getting Started with vCLI
  • Using vSphere Management Assistant for Automation with vCenter
  • ESXCLI and PowerCLI
  • Leveraging the Perl Toolkit with vSphere Management Assistant
  • Automating with vRealize Orchestrator
  • New Features in vRealize Orchestrator 5.5
  • Understanding vRealize Orchestrator Prerequisites
  • Configuring vRealize Orchestrator
  • vRealize Orchestrator Appliance
  • Implementing the vRealize Orchestrator Appliance
  • Accessing vRealize Orchestrator
  • vRealize Orchestrator and vCenter Server
  • Assigning a Workflow to vCenter Inventory Object
  • Using an Orchestrator Workflow
  • The Bottom Line

Appendix: The Bottom Line

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