Synopses & Reviews
ADMINISTERING VSPHERE 5: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING AND TROUBLESHOOTING focuses on planning, installing, and maintaining vSphere environments. It is not a verbose documentation-style tome, but rather a comprehensive guide based on the tips, tricks, and gotchas gleaned from the authors' years of experience as vSphere consultants and trainers. The book is separated into four discrete sections: planning, implementation, troubleshooting, and security. The structure of the book provides readers with a balanced, deep understanding of vSphere. The authors have incorporated nearly two decades of consulting and training experience in the pages of this book. Real-world experience has been leveraged to help readers avoid the pitfalls that the authors have learned the hard way. Written by trainers, this book presents the material utilizing a practical teaching style. This experience will benefit both the new and veteran administrator alike. While this book does cover the new features found in vSphere 5, it doesn't assume that the reader has extensive experience with the previous versions of vSphere. ADMINISTERING VSPHERE 5: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING AND TROUBLESHOOTING provides newcomers with a solid foundation in vSphere, while also filling in the gaps for more experienced readers.
VMware vSphere, is VMware's first cloud operating system, able to manage large pools of virtualized computing infrastructure, including software and hardware. Building on the power of VMware Infrastructure, VMware vSphere dramatically reduces capital and operating costs, and increases control over IT infrastructures while preserving the flexibility to choose any OS, application and hardware. This book provides vSphere administrators with essential guidance in implementing and managing VMware's vSphere product suite. This guidance has been battle tested in virtual environments big and small. It also provides actionable advice for the day to day operational maintenance and common pitfalls to avoid for first time vSphere administrators. Best of all, the book includes an introductory version of Train Signal's vSphere training DVD that provides additional hours of vSphere training.
Whether this is your first vSphere installation or you're a vSphere veteran, ADMINISTERING VSPHERE 5: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, AND TROUBLESHOOTING will save you effort and time while planning, configuring, and maintaining your vSphere 5 environment. The authors have incorporated nearly two decades of consulting and training experience in the pages of this book. More than a resource manual, this book is a how-to guide designed by professionals. You will find examples of how to install or configure a particular feature as well as tips and tricks that the authors have found essential for planning, implementing, and troubleshooting vSphere.
About the Author
John Hales has been working in the IT industry for more than 16 years, and with VMware products for 12+ years. He has earned many vendor certifications over the years, including EMC, VMware, Microsoft, Novell, and CompTIA. His VMware certifications include: VCP 3, 4, and 5; VCAP; and VCI. He has taught and developed courses (and consulted on many of these technologies) for both public clients and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Today, he teaches a variety of classes, specializing in VMware's vSphere 4 and 5, SRM, and View. He is the president of Hales Technologies, a company specializing in courseware development, training, and solution-oriented consulting. Brian Eiler has been working in the IT trenches since 1995. Over the years he has worn many hats, including consultant, trainer, systems administrator, and manager. In addition to a variety of other vendor certifications, he holds VMware's VCI, VCP (3, 4, and 5), VCAP4-DCA, and VCAP4-DCD certifications. Brian has used every version of ESX/vSphere, and has deployed hundreds of ESX servers throughout the world, both as a consultant and as a full time systems administrator. Steve Jones has earned industry certifications through Novell, Microsoft, and VMware (VCP and VCI). Steve has been training since 2000 and performing courseware development since 2002. Today, Steve develops courseware and teaches classes for companies of varying sizes, including classes covering Microsoft technologies, virtualization using VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3, vSphere, Microsoft's Hyper-V technologies, and EMC storage, as well as classes that cover performance optimization of those technologies. Steve is the Owner/Managing Member of MicroTrain, LLC, and a founding member of The Courseware Group.
Table of Contents
1. Intro to vSphere Suite. 2. Planning a vSphere Installation. 3. Too ESXi for Your Environment - Installing and Configuring ESX and ESXi. 4. Installing and Configuring vCenter Server. 5. Virtual Network Design. 6. Virtual Machine Management. 7. Storage and You - Planning, Configuring and Managing Storage. 8. Resource Planning. 9. Disaster Recovery - HA, FT, SRM, and You. 10. Operationally. 11. Working Safely: Security. 12. Working Smart: Automation. 13. When it Breaks: Troubleshooting. Apendix 1. Reference Architectures.