Book Review: VMware ESXi Cookbook


Book Review: VMware ESXi Cookbook-Over 130 task-oriented recipes to install, configure, and manage various vSphere 5.1 components just speaks volume about the cookbook. This book provides all the recipes which we normally need in end to end VMware vSphere development to usage activities. Interesting approach of installation with the auto deploy is icing on the cake. Every installation is explained step by step in huge details are covered to bring the depth in the discussion. Configuration and management of Networking and Storage are my favorite parts of book. Normally security is not covered often but here it is an exception and hence I admire the vision of Author for covering essential topics with ease!

Book Review-VMware ESXi Cookbook

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring ESXi
    • Introduction
    • Installing ESXi using Interactive Mode
    • Deploying ESXi hosts using scripted installation
    • Deploying ESXi hosts using Auto Deploy
    • Installing vSphere Client
    • Configuring NTP settings on the ESXi host
    • Configuring DNS and Routing
    • Licensing an ESXi host
  • Chapter 2: Installing and Using vCenter
    • Introduction
    • Installing vCenter SSO
    • Installing VMware vCenter
    • Installing vSphere Web Client
    • Installing vSphere Auto Deploy
    • Working with the vCenter inventory objects
    • Configuring the vCenter Server settings
    • Working with tags
    • Using schedule tasks
    • Managing the plug-ins in vCenter
    • Deploying the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Chapter 3: Networking
    • Introduction
    • Creating and deleting VM network port groups
    • Creating VMkernel port groups
    • Modifying vSwitch properties
    • Working with vSphere Distributed Switches
    • Configuring Private VLANs (PVLAN)
    • Working with advanced networking
    • Enabling jumbo frames
    • Configuring network policies
  • Chapter 4: Storage
    • Introduction
    • Implementing the iSCSI storage
    • Implementing FC and FCoE storages
    • Configuring Raw Device Mapping
    • Managing VMFS and NFS datastores
    • Configuring the storage profiles of a virtual machine
  • Chapter 5: Resource Management and High Availability
    • Introduction
    • Preparing hosts for vMotion
    • Implementing resource pools
    • Implementing Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
    • Implementing Distributed Power Management (DPM)
    • Implementing High Availability (HA)
    • Implementing Storage Dynamic Resource Scheduling (SDRS)
  • Chapter 6: Managing Virtual Machines
    • Introduction
    • Deploying virtual machines
    • Installing and customizing a guest operating system
    • Configuring the ESXi host and VM for Fault Tolerance
    • Configuring virtual machine hardware
    • Configuring virtual machine’s options
    • Creating snapshots, templates, and clones
  • Chapter 7: Securing the ESXi Server and Virtual Machines
    • Introduction
    • Configuring the ESXi firewall
    • Enabling Lockdown mode
    • Managing ESXi authentication
    • Managing ESXi certificates
    • Configuring logging for virtual machines
    • Configuring security settings for virtual machines
  • Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring and Alerts
    • Introduction
    • Running vCenter performance monitoring graphs
    • Configuring SNMP for ESXi and vCenter
    • Running performance monitoring using ESXTOP
    • Configuring vCenter alarms
    • Managing log files
  • Chapter 9: vSphere Update Manager
    • Introduction
    • Installing Update Manager
    • Configuring Update Manager
    • Creating and managing baselines
    • Scanning and remediating vSphere objects
    • Configuring UMDS
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