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VMware vSphere Design, 2nd Edition by Scott Lowe, Forbes Guthrie

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Chapter 8

Datacenter Design

vCenter functionality gives rise to many design possibilities, particularly the combination of vCenter and the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licensing features. This chapter explores some of those options, such as the ability to design-in redundancy and share resources efficiently between hosts to offer a fair proportion of hardware while enforcing VM protection. Unused servers can be shut down to reduce power costs, and VMs can automatically balance among hosts in concert with rules to apply control where required.

The chapter looks at the ways in which vSphere objects are flexible enough to create designs optimized for your particular environment. You can control security permissions, collectively manage objects, ...

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