0101 Introduction to VMWare vSphere Administration

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English [Auto] Welcome to V.M. where vizir 5.1 administration My name's Glenn Martin and in this video we're going to take a look at what we're going to cover in this video series and also what won't be covered the course objective really is to provide you with an overview of how to install and configure the sphere 5.1 environment that would be appropriate for a development and testing lab before going into production. You're going to need to do a bit more experimenting and getting a bit more experience with the environment and how to troubleshoot and how best to integrate it to your environment. But we will take a look at the configuration walk through of the various major features and that'll help you quickly familiarize yourself with the core concepts of the sphere and how to make use of them in order to assist with your integration into your future production environment or into your environment. We'll also take a look at some of the design decision points we all have to make particularly in network and storage integration from a high availability and also a performance perspective. So in the first section we're going to do the introduction as we're doing right now. But we'll look at the installation in initial configuration. So the install the DC menu driven interface the ESX shell and also managing our hosts directly using the VSE for your client. Then we'll take a look at configuring networking Kooning vse which is port groups and VM kernel interfaces teaming load balancing and network failover for setting up high availability high performance network environments for virtual machines in the storage section. We'll also take a look at ICSE VM EF-S the network file system and path selection policy. In my environment I'm really not able to provide any fiber channel storage we will take a look at some of the issues related to how past selection works in terms of multipath solutions and some of the issues that will come up even in larger environments where you may have a storage array based on fiber channel and or storage arrays that support things such as VHI that misfeature advanced array integration will also take a look at virtual machines look at installing guest operating systems and installing and keeping the VM Ware tools up to date and we'll also take a look at how we can use parah virtualise devices such as the PV scuzzy driver to provide even lower virtualization overhead than we typically would see. And when it would be appropriate to use those things and when it's not we'll also take a look at setting up the center and some of the permission issues the task scheduling that we can do alerts and events and also deploying virtual machines from templates as well as using the vees fair web client which in future editions should replace the center windows based installation. That's primarily what I'm going to focus on in this series is the Windows based environment rather than the web environment. We're also going to take a look at performance in the various graphs and charts that we can do using the center. We'll take a look at ESX top which we can use from the shelf for measuring performance and also doing various management tasks. We'll take a look at setting reservations and limits so that we can either guarantee or prevent over use of resources by virtual machines and we'll also take a look at how we can do that for groups of virtual machines using resource pools. We'll also look at moving virtual machines from one host to another while they're running using the motion or from one data store to another using storage of motion. The distributed resource scheduler is going to allow us to do that on an automated basis based on low demand. So we're going to see how we can use the distributor resource scheduler to dynamically adapt our workload to the available server environment and we'll also take a look at how we can protect virtual machines from host failure or even potentially problems within the virtual machine using high availability. We'll look at keeping the software up to date using the VCR update manager and we'll also take a look at backups using these for data protection in terms of what we're not going to have time to cover in this or that we couldn't reproduce in a lab environment. We're not going to take a look at the V Center Linux appliance or the virtual NFL storage appliance. We're not going to really look at any scripting or automation using orchestrator or the vehicles or power club packages. We're not going to take a look at running virtual machines on multiple hosts simultaneously using fault tolerance. And we're also not going to get into the various enterprise scale features like fiber channel the distributed switches host profiles and auto deploy where we can actually boot ESX using Pixi. Every time a server is activated so there's actually no local installation at all or using the shield or the app to either protect virtual machines or to group virtual machines together to provide a service. So that should give you an idea as to the scope of the Course and what you can expect from it. Take a look at the video table of contents and then start jumping in but you'll probably want to start with the installation.