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Learning VMware vSphere

By : Rebecca Fitzhugh, Abhilash G B
Book Image

Learning VMware vSphere

By: Rebecca Fitzhugh, Abhilash G B

Overview of this book

Computer virtualization is a method to enable the running of multiple application workloads on a machine to achieve efficient utilization and reduce the number of physical machines in a data center. This has now become the foundation of many modern day data centers. What began as a technology to virtualize x86 architecture has now grown beyond the limits of a server’s hardware and into the realm of storage and network virtualization. VMware is currently the market leader in developing data center virtualization solutions. This book goes into the details of designing and implementing VMware solutions that form the foundation of a VMware infrastructure. The book begins by introducing you to the concepts of server virtualization followed by the architecture of VMware’s hypervisor – ESXi and then by its installation and configuration. You then learn what is required to manage a vSphere environment and configure advanced management capabilities of vCenter. Next you are taken through topics on vSphere Networking, Storage, ESXi Clustering, Resource Management and Virtual Machine Management. You will then be introduced to SSL Certificate Management and its use in a vSphere environment. Finally, you will learn about the lifecycle management of a vSphere environment by effectively monitoring, patching and upgrading vSphere components using Update Manager. By the end of the book, you will know how to use VMware’s vSphere suite of components to lay the foundation of a modern day virtual infrastructure.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Learning VMware vSphere
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Installing ESXi – the interactive method

ESXi can be installed onto a bare-metal server by running it through the interactive installer bundled with the hypervisor image that you have downloaded. You will need the ISO bundle to perform the interactive installation. You can either mount it to the server through its IPMI interface (HP ILO, Cisco KVM, or Dell DRAC) or burn the image onto a DVD and load that into the server's DVD ROM drive if you are using tower servers. Before you begin, make sure to configure the server's BIOS to boot from the CD ROM. Now, let's walk through the interactive installation procedure:

  1. When the server boots up from the ESXi image, you will be presented with the ESXi installer's standard boot menu, the first line item being the ESXi installer and the second being the option to boot from the local disk. Unless you want to boot from the local disk select the ESXi installer entry and hit Enter to load the installer into the memory. The process of loading the installer...