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Introduction
Introduction
vSphere vCenter, ESX, and the vSphere Client Explained
Using ESX without vCenter
Cloud Computing Explained
New Supported Hardware Maximums and Virtual Maximums

vSphere Client
Installing the vSphere Client
Connecting To ESX or vCenter
vSphere Client Plugins
Using vSphere Web Access

Service Console
Connecting to the Service Console via SSH with Putty
Allowing the root User SSH Access to the Service Console
Creating an ESX User and Allowing SSH Access to the Service Console
ESX Service Console Commands
Copying Files and ISO Images to an ESX Server from Windows
Creating ISO Images from a CD/DVD with imgBurn or LC ISO Creator

Basic Virtual Machine Administration
What is a Virtual Machine
Creating a Virtual Machine
Powering Off, Powering On, and Suspending a Virtual Machine
Viewing the Virtual Machine Console
Installing an Operating System on a Virtual Machine
Installing VMware Tools
Basic Virtual Hardware Administration
What are the Files that Make Up a Virtual Machine?

ESX 4 Installation
Configuring Internal DNS
Downloading the ESX 4 Installation ISO
Graphical Installation Part 1
Graphical Installation Part 2
Text Mode Installation
Obtaining a Preconfigured ks.cfg Unattended Script File
Preparing an ks.cfg Script File for an Unattended Installation
More ks.cfg Parameters
Performing an Unattended Installation With a ks.cfg Script File
Using the Default ks.cfg files
Boot Options
Configure IIS Web Server for ks.cfg Access
Install ESX From ks.cfg File That Is On A Web Server
Viewing Physical Partitions and the Service Console Virtual Disk

vCenter Installation
Creating a Database, a User, and Configuring Permissions in SQL Server 2008 Manually
Creating a Database, a User, and the vCenter Database Schema with a Script Part 1
Creating a Database, a User, and the vCenter Database Schema with a Script Part 2
Installing the SQL Server Native Client Driver For SQL Server 2008
Creating a Data Source Name on a 32 bit OS
Creating a 32 bit Data Source Name on a 64 bit OS
Configuring SQL Server TCP/IP for JDBC
Permissions Necessary To Install vCenter
vCenter and IPv6
Install vCenter
If vCenter Service Fails On Reboot

Installing VMWare Converter
Installing VMWare Converter on vCenter
Fixing vSphere Client Errors After Converter Installation
Installing the Converter Plugin
Installing the Converter Plugin on Other Desktops With vSphere Client

Licensing
New Licensing Model
Managing vSphere Licenses
Applying a License When Adding a Host to vCenter

vCenter Configuration and Administration
Creating a Datacenter
Creating a Cluster
Adding an ESX Host to vCenter
Adding a Second ESX Host to vCenter
Inventory Views
Organizing Virtual Machines into Folders with Virtual Machine Inventory View
Configuring the SMTP and Sender Account for vCenter
Configuring the SNMP Receivers
Configuring the Maximum Number of Database Connections
Configuring the Retention Policy for Tasks and Events
Configuring SSL Settings to Verify Hosts
Restarting vCenter

ESX Host Configuration and Administration
Advanced Settings
Increasing the Service Console Memory
Configuring a Network Time Server for Date and Time Synchronization
Configuring DNS and Routing
Configuring the ESX Firewall
Configuring Virtual Machine Automatic Startup and Shutdown Order
Reserving Memory and CPU for the ESX Host
Advanced ESX Host Settings
Configuring the default Virtual Machine Swapfile Location
Putting an ESX Server in Maintenance Mode
Shutting Down and Rebooting an ESX Server using the vSphere Client
Shutting Down and Rebooting an ESX Server from the Service Console

Virtual Machine Hardware Administration
Adding Memory and CPUs to a Virtual Machine
Adding and Removing a Virtual CD/DVD Drive and Mounting CDs, DVDs, or ISO Images
Adding, Removing, and Configuring Virtual Network Adapters
Adding Virtual SCSI Controllers
Removing Virtual SCSI Controllers
Using USB Devices With Virtual Machines
New Virtual Hardware with vSphere
Viewing the Virtual Machine Hardware Version
Guest OS Compatibility For Virtual Machine Hot Add Processor, Memory, and Devices
Virtual Machine Hot Add processor and Memory
Virtual Machine Hot Add Devices and Virtual Hard Disks
VMDirectPath
VMWare Paravirtualized SCSI Adapter

Virtual Disk Administration
Creating and Configuring Thick Virtual Disks
Creating and Configuring Thin Virtual Disks
Converting a Thin Disk to a Thick Disk using the Datastore Browser
Converting a Thin Disk to Thick Using Storage vMotion
Converting a Thick Disk to a Thin Disk Using VMKFSTOOLS
Converting a Thick Disks to Thin Disk Using Storage vMotion
Converting All Disks to Thin or Thick by Cloning a Virtual Machine
Creating an EagerZeroedThick Disk With VMKFSTOOLS and Zeroing Out an Existing Disk
Hot Extend Thick or Thin Virtual Disks that are Not in Persistent Mode
Downloading a Virtual Disk from an ESX Server to a Windows Computer
Uploading a Virtual Disk to an ESX Server from a Windows Computer

vSphere CLI and vSphere Management Assistant
Downloading and Installing the vSphere CLI
Using the vSphere CLI
Downloading the vSphere Management Assistant
Importing and Configuring the vSphere Management Assistant
Using the vSphere Management Assistant
Configuring and Using vi-FastPass for Command Authentication

Storage Administration
Shared Storage vs. Local Storage
What is a Datastore
Device Names
Creating a Local Datastore
Creating the VMKernel Port Part 1
Creating the VMKernel Port Part 2
Enabling the Software iSCSI Initiator for iSCSI Storage
An Example of Creating an iSCSI LUN with HP Left Hand
Adding the ESX Software iSCSI Initiators to HP Left Hand
Assigning the LUN to the ESX Servers
Configuring the ESX iSCSI Initiator Discovery Method and Discovering the iSCSI LUN
Creating an iSCSI Datastore
Creating an NFS Datastore
Scanning for Fiber Channel SAN LUNs
Browsing a Datastores using the vSphere Client
Browsing a Datastores using the Service Console
Increasing the Size of a Datastore by Adding Extents
VMFS Volume Grow
Organize storage in folders - Centralized Datastore Management
Datastore Inventory, Storage Topology Maps, and Storage Utilization Reports

Storage Administration From The Service Console
Using the esxcfg-scsidevs Command
Using the vmkping Command
Using the esxcfg-swiscsi Command
Using the vmkiscsi-tool Command
Using the esxcfg-rescan Command
Using the esxcfg-nas Command

Networking
vSwitches and Port Groups
Creating a vSwitch
Configuring a vSwitch
Creating and Configuring a Virtual Machine Port Group
Configuring a Virtual Machine to use a Port Group
Modifying the Service Console
Creating a Second Service Console
Creating and Configuring a VMKernel Port Group
Enabling IPv6 Support for ESX
Enabling IPv6 for the Service Console and VMKernel

Advanced Networking
Enable the Cisco Discovery Protocol on a vSwitch and Viewing Cisco Port Information
What is Teaming and Trunking?
Teaming Policies
Configuring Teaming on a vSwitch with No Physical Switch Configuration
Configuring Etherchannel and Trunking on a Cisco Switch Part 1
Configuring Etherchannel and Trunking on a Cisco Switch Part 2
Configuring Teaming and VLAN tagging on the vSwitch
Networking Best Practices

Network Administration From The Service Console
Using the esxcfg-nics Command
Using the esxcfg-vswitch Command
Using the esxcfg-vswif Command
Using the esxcfg-vmknic Command
Using the esxcfg-route Command
Setting the Load Balancing Policy From the Service Console

Advanced iSCSI
Multipathing iSCSI
Port Binding Multiple NICs and Multiple VMKernel Ports for iSCSI Multipathing
Creating Multiple vSwitches for iSCSI Multipathing
Activating iSCSI Multipathing
Using ESXCLI Directly on the Host
Viewing Traffic From Both VMKernel Ports
Configuring the Multipathing Policy
Removing Multipathing
Configuring the VMKernal to use iSCSI and NFS Jumbo Frames Part 1
Configuring the VMKernal to use iSCSI and NFS Jumbo Frames Part 2

Administering vNetwork Distributed Switches
Creating a vNetwork Distributed Switch
Configuring a Port Group on a vNetwork Distributed Switch
Creating a Private VLAN on a vNetwork Distributed Switch
Creating a Service Console and VMKernel ports on a vNetwork Distributed Switch
Migrating Virtual Machines to a vNetwork Distributed Switch

Security
Roles and Permissions on a Standalone ESX Server
Creating and Modifying Roles in vCenter
Setting Permissions
Permissions at the Datastore Level

Snapshots
What are Snapshots
Taking a Snapshot of a Virtual Machine
Reverting to a Snapshot
Snapshot Trees
Deleting Snapshots

Cloning Virtual Machines and Using Virtual Machine Templates
Adding Sysprep tools to vCenter for Windows Guest OS Customization
Cloning a Virtual Machine
Cloning a Virtual Machine and Using a Customization Specification Part 1
Cloning a Virtual Machine and Using a Customization Specification Part 2
Managing and Using Customization Specifications
Creating Virtual Machine Templates
Converting a Template to a Virtual Machine
Deploying a Virtual Machine from a Virtual Machine Template

VMotion and Storage VMotion
Requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion
Port Group Names and vMotion
Enabling vMotion on the VMKernel Port
Migrating a Virtual Machine with vMotion
Storage VMotion

High Availability (HA)
What is HA?
Enabling HA on a Cluster
Configuring Host Failure Threshold and Admission Control
Restart Priority and Isolation
Configure Virtual Machine Monitoring

Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
What is DRS?
Enabling DRS
DRS Automation Level and Migration Threshold
Creating a DRS Rule
Setting DRS Automation at the Virtual Machine Level
Distributed Power Management
DRS Start Up Recommendations
Viewing and Applying DRS Migration Recommendations
Viewing the Resource Distribution Chart

Resource Pools
Creating a Resource Pool
Specifying Virtual Machine Resource Reservation and Limits
Adding a Virtual Machine to a Resource Pool
Monitoring a Resource Pool Utilizations

Fault Tolerance
Fault Tolerance CPU Requirements
Configuring Fault Tolerance Cluster and Networking Prerequisites
Configuring a Virtual Machine to Use Fault Tolerance
Fault Tolerance Statistics
Disabling or Removing Fault Tolerance From a Virtual Machine

vCenter Linked Mode
Understanding vCenter Linked Mode and Stand Alone vCenter Servers
Connecting Multiple vCenters into a Linked Mode Group
Viewing and Administering Shared Roles
Isolating a vCenter Server From a Linked Group

Host Profiles
What are Host Profiles
Creating a Host Profile
Exporting and Importing Host Profiles
Editing Host Profiles
Attaching Entities and Checking for Compliance
Applying Host Profiles

vApp
What is a vApp?
Create a new vApp and Allocate Resources
Adding Virtual Machines to vApps and Configuring Startup Order
Creating IP Pools for vApps

Backing up and Restoring Virtual Machines with VMWare Data Recovery
What is VMWare Data Recovery?
Data Recovery Deduplication of Backup Data and Appliance Limits
Compatibility With Virtual Machines Created With Previous Versions of ESX
Downloading the VMWare Data Recovery Appliance and Plug-in
Installing the VMWare Data Recovery Plug-in
Installing the VMWare Data Recovery Virtual Appliance
Initial Configuration of the Data Recovery Appliance
Connect to Data Recovery Appliance and Configure Backup Locations
Create a Backup Job
View Progress of Backups and Backup Reports
Configuring Data Recovery Appliance After Getting Started Wizard
Restoring Virtual Machines
Performing a Restore Rehearsal to Test Backups

vShield Zones
What is vShield?
Installing the vShield Appliances
Configuring the vShield Management Port Group
Initial vShield Manager Configuration
Adding a vShield Zone
Enable Continuous Discovery
Post vShield Installation Configuration
Protecting a Virtual Machine With vShield
Creating a Second vShield Zone
Enabling vMotion for Protected Virtual Machines with vShield Zones
Viewing and Analyzing Network Traffic With VM Flow
Adding Firewall Rules to VM Wall
Uninstalling vShield Appliance

Scheduled Tasks
Creating Scheduled Tasks

Monitoring and Troubleshooting
Performance Charts
Events and Alarms
vCenter Server Status
System Logs
vCenter Logging Options
Receiving EMails or SNMP Traps for Events and Alarms
Using ESXTOP
HTML Performance Summary Reports
Exporting Performance to Excel
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