A plain-English guide to the market-leading virtualization and cloud computing technology
With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure. This practical guide shows you how to create a virtual system using the VMware VSphere environment. You’ll find all the information you need to understand, design, and deploy one without getting overwhelmed with technical detail. And once you’re up and running, this book is the perfect reference for maintenance and troubleshooting issues.
- Introduces you to virtualization and VMware’s virtualization/cloud computing technology, the most recent version is VMware vSphere Shows you how to design a vSphere environment
- Covers installation, deployment, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting
- Provides what IT managers and system administrators need to roll out their first virtualized or cloud infrastructure, or to get up to speed on VMware’s technology
Get up and running on the cloud with VMware vSphere For Dummies!
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Roll out your first virtualized or cloud infrastructure – this book shows you how!
If your company has been talking about virtualization, you’re in luck. This friendly guide shows you exactly how to create a virtual system using the VMware vSphere environment. Here’s what you need to understand, design, and deploy one without drowning in details, plus plenty of maintenance and troubleshooting tips to keep it running smoothly.
- Start here – learn what’s in vSphere, how to plan what size your initial deployment should be, and everything you’ll need for the project
- See what’s new – explore vSphere 4.1 upgrades, including more RAM, vCPUs, and guest OSs
- Serve up your server – choose a system to run VMware vCenter Server and establish a command center for your host farm
- Getting up to speed – see how vSphere 4.1 compares to previous versions
- Size up storage options – find out whether local storage, fibre channel, Internet SCSI, or network-attached storage best fits your needs
- Profile of the ideal host – discover the advantages of using host profiles even when your number of ESX hosts is small
- Perfect timing – find easy ways to keep your server clocks synchronized
Open the book and find:
- Enhancements and upgrades to vSphere 4.1
- How to roll out vSphere effectively
- Cool improvements to ESX
- How vApps make management easier
- Optimal specs for a machine to host vCenter Server
- Troubleshooting tips
- Advice on creating and cloning VM templates
- Ten tools to make vSphere management easier
- Design and deploy a reliable vSphere environment
- Work with the newest vSphere ESX 4.1 features
- Handle installation and configuration
- Manage vSphere infrastructure through vCenter Server
Dan Mitchell is Technical Director for DynamicOps and founder of www.StartsWithV.com, a Web site and blog focused on virtualization technology and the surrounding industry.
Tom Keegan has been working with VMware products for ten years and is certified as a VMware VCP and a Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4—Datacenter Design. He is a Technical Director at Fresenius Medical Care.
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