VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center

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CRC Press, Aug 25, 2008 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Flexible and efficient, VMware ESX is the tool of choice for enterprise data centers looking to make the most of the latest virtualization methods. However, to date, no single manual provides users with a systematic way to understand and take full advantage of all its features and options.

Novel Solutions for Every Level of the IT Chain

VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center answers that need. Written by pioneers and established experts in the field of virtualization with years of hands-on experience, it details the product and outlines innovative ways to use virtualization within the organization. With novel solutions for every level of the IT chain, this text is a complete guide to the design, operation, and management of the ESX product.

Featuring technical information, best practices, and technology breakdowns needed to answer real business challenges, this succinct volume –

  • Shows how to install ESX, either manually or using an automated method, detailing the various key performance optimizations that can make installation more efficient
  • Describes ways to further automate and enhance the ESX environment, and make it more extensible with APIs, SDKs, programming extensions, and VirtualCenter plug-ins
  • Explains the latest ESX features fully
  • Details the architecture and background of ESX through the use of diagrams

 

Uses Real-World Experience to Slash Costs and Increase Efficiency

This text covers VMware VI3, the most widely distributed server virtualization product on the market, from 3.0 to 3.5, and the most recently announced embedded version of ESXi. It will enable IT organizations to save hardware costs and make server deployments, provisioning, and management more efficient. Able to make use of the full benefits of virtualization, they will gain the flexibility to create solutions and the freedom that comes with not being locked into a single vendor’s hardware solution.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Server Virtualization
1
Chapter 2 VMwares Hypervisor Platform
15
Chapter 3 VMware ESX Architecture
31
Chapter 4 Installing VMware ESX Server
41
Chapter 5 Virtual Machines
95
Chapter 6 Interacting with VMware ESX
109
Chapter 7 Console Operating System Explained
123
Chapter 8 Networking
133
Chapter 11 Resource Management
165
Chapter 12 Performance Optimization
171
Chapter 13 Automating and Extensibility
189
Chapter 14 Additional Useful Resources
201
Useful Log Files
217
Useful TCP and UDP Ports
223
Useful VMware COS Commands for Windows Users
227
Index
231

Chapter 9 Storage
145
Chapter 10 Advanced Features
151
Back cover
239
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