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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 VMware Infrastructure Installation

    1. What Is VMware Infrastructure 5?

    2. What Is VMware vSphere 5.0?

    3. Convergence from ESX to ESXi with vSphere 5.0

    4. VMware ESXi 5.0 Configuration Maximums

    5. VMware ESXi 5.0 Server Overview

    6. VMware ESXi 5.0 Overview

    7. VMware ESXi 5.0 Installation

    8. VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Overview

    9. vCenter Server 5.0 Installation

    10. VMware vCenter Client 5.x Overview

    11. vCenter Client 5.x Installation

    12. vCenter 5.0 Web Client Installation

    13. vSphere 5.0 License Changes

    14. vConverter

  2. Chapter 2 Storage

    1. Comparing ESXi Storage Options

    2. Selecting the Virtual Machine Datastore Location

    3. Storage Runtime Naming Scheme

    4. Creating a Network for the Software iSCSI Initiator

    5. Configuring Software iSCSI on ESXi

    6. Configuring Hardware iSCSI with an HBA

    7. Configuring iSCSI in Windows Virtual Machines

    8. Opening Firewall Ports for an ESXi iSCSI Software Initiator

    9. Multipathing with iSCSI

    10. Adding Fibre Channel Storage in ESXi

    11. Creating a Raw Device Mapping for Virtual Machines

    12. Creating a VMkernel Port for Access to NFS Datastores

    13. Configuring ESXi to Use NFS

    14. Creating a VMFS Volume in vCenter

    15. Performing a Storage Rescan

    16. Creating a VMFS Volume via the Command Line

    17. Viewing the Files that Define a VMFS Volume

    18. Increasing the VMFS Volume Capacity

    19. Reading VMFS Metadata

    20. Creating a Diagnostic Partition

    21. Removing Storage Volumes from ESXi

    22. Determining whether a VMFS Datastore Is on a Local or SAN Disk

    23. Adjusting Timeouts When Adding Storage in vCenter

    24. Setting Disk Timeouts in Windows

    25. Renaming Datastores

  3. Chapter 3 Networking

    1. Configuring ESXi Network Ports and the Firewall

    2. Creating a vSwitch for Virtual Machines

    3. Removing a Virtual Switch

    4. Adding VMotion to Enable Virtual Machine Migration

    5. Modifying the Speed of a Network Adapter

    6. Choosing Network Elements that Protect Security

    7. Setting the Basic Level 2 Security Policy

    8. Ethernet Traffic Shaping on Standard vSwitches

    9. Load Balancing and Failover

    10. Enabling Jumbo Frames on a VMkernel for iSCSI

    11. Enabling Jumbo Frames on a Standard vSwitch

    12. Enabling Jumbo Frames on a Virtual Machine

    13. Changing the ESXi Host IP Address

    14. Using the Remote Command Line to Locate Physical Ethernet Adapters

    15. Changing the Ethernet Port Speed via the Command Line

    16. Enabling TCP Segmentation Offload Support on a Virtual Machine

    17. Enabling Jumbo Frames on a Distributed Switch

    18. Changing DNS Entries on the ESXi Host

    19. Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch

  4. Chapter 4 Resource and vCenter Management

    1. Monitoring Virtual Machines Inside the vSphere Cluster

    2. Understanding Virtual Machine Memory Use Through Reservations, Shares, and Limits

    3. Configuring Virtual Machine CPU Limits

    4. Configuring Virtual Machine CPU Shares

    5. Configuring Virtual Machine CPU Reservations

    6. Setting Up Resource Pools

    7. Understanding Resource Pools

    8. Expandable Reservations in Resource Pools

    9. Creating a Cluster

    10. Adding Hosts to a Cluster

    11. Enabling Hyperthreading on a Virtual Machine

    12. Enabling DRS in a Cluster

    13. Understanding Cluster States and Warnings

    14. Using ESXi CPU/RAM Hot Add/Hotplug Support

    15. Surviving a vCenter Server Failure or Outage

  5. Chapter 5 Useful Tools and References

    1. Entering Maintenance Mode via the Command Line

    2. Displaying Server Information

    3. Viewing the ESXi Version

    4. Changing the Virtual Disk from BusLogic to LSI Logic

    5. Hiding the VMware Tools Icon

    6. Viewing Disk Partitions via the Console

    7. Monitoring CPU Usage

    8. Monitoring Memory

    9. Monitoring Storage Performance

    10. Monitoring Network Usage

    11. Managing Virtual Switches

    12. Generating a Logfile for VMware Support

    13. Checking ESXi Patches

    14. Enabling NTP in the vCenter

    15. Changing the ESXI Server’s Time

    16. Restarting the vCenter Agent

    17. Finding Virtual Machine Snapshots

    18. Renaming a Virtual Machine via the vCenter

    19. Setting ESXi Options Using the Command Line

    20. Configuring Authentication Choices Using the Command Line

    21. Manipulating the Crash Dump Partition

    22. Configuring a Firewall on the Command Line

    23. Managing ESXi Driver Modules

    24. Configuring Storage Multipathing

    25. Managing NFS Mounts

    26. Managing Disk Volumes

    27. Configuring Ethernet Adapters

    28. Rescanning Host Bus Adapters

    29. Managing Add-ons from the Command Line

    30. Managing VMkernel Network Routes

    31. Configuring Software iSCSI Options

    32. Configuring Hardware iSCSI Options

    33. Upgrading Software VIBs

    34. Displaying Storage Path Information

    35. Managing SCSI Device Mappings with ESXi5 vSphere

    36. Managing VMkernel Ports

  6. Chapter 6 General Security

    1. Enabling SSH on ESX 3.5 / ESX 4.x

    2. Enabling Direct Root Logins on Your ESX Server

    3. Adding Users and Groups

    4. Allowing or Denying Users the Use of SSH

    5. Turning On the Message of the Day for Console Users

    6. Changing the Root Password via the Console

    7. Recovering a Lost Root Password

    8. Disabling Direct Root Console Logins

    9. Securing the GRUB Bootloader Menu

    10. Disabling USB Drive Mounting

    11. Opening and Closing Firewall Ports via the Console

    12. Checking Default ESX Ports

    13. Turning on SNMP for Remote Administration

    14. Using SNMP Version 3

    15. Using Sudo

    16. Configuring Sudo

    17. Tracking Users via the CLI

    18. Configuring Active Directory Authentication

    19. Setting a Maximum Number of Failed Logins

    20. Limiting Access to the Su Command

    21. Setting User Password Aging

    22. Disabling Copy and Paste

    23. Disabling Disk Shrinking on Virtual Machines

    24. Disabling Unneeded Devices

    25. Preventing Unwanted Device Additions and Removals

    26. Disabling VMware Tools Settings Override

  7. Chapter 7 Automating ESXi Installations

    1. Selecting a Different Boot Option with ESXi 5.x

    2. Building a Kickstart Configuration File for Automated Deployments

    3. Differences Between ESXi 4.x and ESXi 5.x Kickstart Commands

    4. Advanced Installation Scripting Using %firstboot

    5. Advanced Installation Scripting Using %pre

    6. Advanced Installation Scripting Using %post

    7. Methods of Upgrading ESX 4.0 Classic to ESXi 5.0

    8. Upgrading ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 via CD/DVD

    9. Installing vSphere Auto Deploy

    10. Formatting a USB Key for ESXi Installations

  8. Chapter 8 vCloud Director Overview

    1. What Is vCloud Director?

    2. What’s New in vCloud Director 1.5

    3. vCloud Director Maximums

    4. vCloud Director Requirements

    5. vCloud Director (Evaluation Appliance)

    6. Deploying vShield Manager

    7. Attaching vCloud Director to the vCenter Server

    8. Creating a Provider Virtual Datacenter

    9. Allocating External Network Resources

    10. Adding Network Pools for Virtual Datacenters

  9. Chapter 9 vSphere Storage Appliance

    1. What Is the vSphere Storage Appliance?

    2. vSphere Storage Appliance Requirements

    3. Installation of the vSphere Storage Appliance

    4. vSphere Storage Appliance Cluster Creation Process

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