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VMware vSphere® 5 Administration: Instant Reference

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Compact and portable reference guide for quick answers to VMware vSphere

If you're looking to migrate to the newest version of VMware vSphere, this concise guide will get you up to speed and down to business in no time. If you're new to VMware vSphere, this book is for you too! The compact size of this quick reference makes it easy for you to have by your side—whether you're in the field, server room, or at your desk. Helpful elements for finding information such as thumb tabs, tables of contents with page numbers at the beginning of each chapter, and special headers puts what you need at your fingertips, fast.

No matter your skill level, this book's focus on essential day-to-day tasks for administering vSphere make it a handy reference for anyone.

  • Covers the highly anticipated release of VMware vSphere

  • Allows you to hit the ground running with the latest VMware vSphere software

  • Provides you answers on the spot with concise, no-nonsense instruction

  • Designed for busy IT professionals, this instant reference is the perfect go-to resource.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Contents
    3. Title
    4. Copyright
    5. Publisher Letter
    6. Dedication
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. About the Authors
    9. Introduction
    10. PART I: Building a VMware vSphere Environment
      1. Chapter 1: Introduction to vSphere
        1. Understand the Legacy Features of vSphere
        2. Understand the New Features of vSphere
      2. Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring ESXi
        1. Prepare for Installation
        2. Install ESXi
        3. Configure Post-Install Options
      3. Chapter 3: Installing and Configuring vCenter Server
        1. Prepare for Installation
        2. Install a Database
        3. Prepare and Install vCenter Server
        4. Install vSphere Client
        5. Configure vCenter Server
      4. Chapter 4: Understanding Licensing
        1. Become Familiar with VMware Licensing
        2. Manage Licenses
        3. Review Installed Licenses
      5. Chapter 5: Upgrading to vSphere 5
        1. Prepare for the Upgrade
        2. Upgrade vCenter Server
        3. Upgrade ESX/ESXi Hosts
        4. Perform Postupgrade Tasks
    11. PART II: Configuring Your vSphere Environment
      1. Chapter 6: Creating and Managing Virtual Networking
        1. Understand the Basics
        2. Network with vSwitches
        3. Network with vSphere Distributed Switches
        4. Understand Advanced Networking
      2. Chapter 7: Configuring and Managing Storage
        1. Become Familiar with Storage Concepts
        2. Configure Fibre Channel SAN Storage
        3. Configure iSCSI SAN Storage
        4. Configure NFS Storage
      3. Chapter 8: High Availability and Business Continuity
        1. Minimize Planned Downtime
        2. Protect Against Host Failure
        3. Guard Against VM Failure
      4. Chapter 9: Managing Virtual Machines
        1. Create Virtual Machines
        2. Modify Virtual Machines
        3. Manage Virtual Machine Hardware Versions
        4. Perform Other Virtual Machine Management Tasks
      5. Chapter 10: Importing and Exporting Virtual Machines
        1. Understand the Migration Process
        2. Perform a Physical-to-Virtual Migration
        3. Perform a Virtual-to-Virtual Migration
        4. Import an Open Virtualization Format Template
      6. Chapter 11: Configuring Security
        1. Configure vCenter Server Access Control
        2. Secure vCenter Server
        3. Secure Your ESXi and ESXi Hosts
        4. Secure Your Virtual Machines
      7. Chapter 12: Managing Resources and Performance
        1. Understand Resource Allocation
        2. Allocate Resources to Virtual Machines
        3. Use Resource Pools
        4. Monitor Performance
    12. Index