VMware ESX Server: Configuring

Part 2 of 3 of the VMware ESX Server series focuses on configuring and managing ESX Server.
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jan 8, 2008
Duration
10h 16m
Table of contents
Creating and Modifying Virtual Guest Machines
Installing and Configuring VMware Tools
VMware ESX Disk Storage
Administering VMware ESX Server Security
VMware ESX - Tasks, Events, Alarms, and Maps
VMware ESX Server Virtual Networking
Using Templates, Cloning, and Migrating with VMware
Troubleshooting and Patching VMware ESX Server
VMware Update Manager
Upgrading VMware ESX and Virtual Center
Performance Optimization with ESX Server
Configuring vMotion, Resource Pools, DRS, and VMHA
Description
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jan 8, 2008
Duration
10h 16m
Description

Part 2 of 3 of the VMware ESX Server series focuses on configuring and managing ESX Server. The goal of this course is to help you understand enterprise-level virtualization. By viewing this course, you'll be able to create dynamic and automated enterprise data centers with high levels of performance, scalability, and reliability. Middle to upper level enterprise network administrators, IT professionals, and system administrators with a strong desire to learn VMware ESX Server and VMware Infrastructure are ideal candidates for this course.

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Creating and Modifying Virtual Guest Machines
Hello and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching Creating and Modifying Virtual Guest Machines. This video is part of our VMware ESX Server video series. In this video, we'll start off by learning what does a running virtual guest machine look like? We'll move on and talk about the Virtual Guest machine specifications. We'll learn how to change the BIOS settings inside a virtual machine. We'll look at creating ISO images of CD & DVD installation media. Then we'll learn how to create a new virtual machine and install a guest operating system. We'll look at adding and removing virtual hardware inside the virtual machine. We'll learn about appliances. We'll learn how to download virtual machines from the VMTN Virtual Appliance Marketplace. We'll talk about VMX configuration files. We'll learn how to import and export virtual machines into VMware ESX, and finally, we'll learn how to transfer files to your server using secure copy; and with that, let's get started.

Administering VMware ESX Server Security
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching Administering VMware ESX Server Security. In this video we're going to talk about the concepts and best practices of VMware ESX Security. We'll learn how security works with ESX Server, we'll learn how to add, modify, and remove ESX users and groups, as well as virtual center users and groups. We'll cover how to define and apply roles and permissions. We'll learn about the default ESX Server security management roles. We'll talk about the ports that are used by ESX Server. We'll learn how to enable and disable SSH access for root, learn how to secure the command line interface, and then how to secure your guest virtual machines, and with that let's get started.

VMware ESX - Tasks, Events, Alarms, and Maps
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching VMware ESX - Tasks, Events, Alarms, and Maps. In this video that's exactly what we're going to learn about. We'll learn about configuring SNMP and SMTP email for your VirtualCenter server, and that will be needed so that you can send SNMP alerts and SNMP emails based on the alarms that we'll be configuring. You'll learn how to understand tasks and events at different levels of your VirtualCenter infrastructure. You'll learn how to configure alarms for your VirtualCenter datacenters and virtual guests, and finally, we'll explore maps of your virtual infrastructure, a very cool feature with VMware VirtualCenter, and with that let's get started.

VMware ESX Server Virtual Networking
Hello and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching VMware ESX Server Virtual Networking. In this video, we'll start off with a virtual networking overview. We'll move on to virtual networking terms like vmnic, vSwitch, vswif, and port group. We'll take a look at a diagram of our current virtual network and explain these different terms in context. I'm going to run through some different must-knows about virtual networking, things that you just have to know as a VMware ESX Server administrator. Then we'll go on to some configuration scenarios with VMware virtual networking such as Private/Host Only, the Single NIC, or the most common virtual networking scenario, the redundant and load-balanced networking scenario, and then finally the DMZ with router or firewall scenario. We'll move into using VLANs with ESX, how to configure virtual switches. We'll learn about adapter teaming, fault tolerance, and load balancing. And then we'll end up by talking about some server console command line networking tools, and with that, let's get started.

Using Templates, Cloning, and Migrating with VMware
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal! You're watching, Using Templates, Cloning, and Migrating with VMware ESX Server. In this video you'll learn, what are templates and how do you use them? We'll talk about virtual machine cloning and why would you clone a virtual machine? We'll learn how to migrate a virtual machine from one ESX Server to another. We'll cover migrating from one virtualization platform to another or V2V conversion, and then we'll cover migrating from a physical machine to a virtual machine or P2V conversion, and finally, we'll install VMware Converter and we'll give it a try. And with that, let's get started.

Troubleshooting and Patching VMware ESX Server
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching, Troubleshooting and Patching VMware ESX Server. In this video, we'll go through some common VMware ESX issues and their resolutions. You'll learn some things you should check when you're troubleshooting ESX Server. We'll talk about some resources for troubleshooting ESX Server, take a look at the VMware Support script, and then finally, we'll move on into Updating and Patching VMware ESX Server, and we'll actually go through that full process. And with that, let's get started.

VMware Update Manager
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching VMware Update Manager. This video is part of our VMware ESX Server video training course and my name is David Davis. In this video, we'll be answering the question, what is Update Manager? We'll find out how Update Manager can help you, what can Update Manager update for you, and how does Update Manager work? We'll move on to how to install Update Manager, and then I'll show you how to update VMware ESX Server with Update Manager and also update a Windows server with Update Manager. And with that, let's get started.

Upgrading VMware ESX and Virtual Center
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching, Upgrading VMware ESX and VirtualCenter. This video is part of our VMware ESX Server video series. In this video, we'll show you step by step how to upgrade VMware ESX Server from version 3. x to 3. 5. After that we'll upgrade the rest of the Virtual Infrastructure Suite starting with VirtualCenter, which as you know, follows one full revision number behind VMware ESX Server so we'll be upgrading from version 1. x to 2. 5, and then of course, we'll need to upgrade Vmware's VI Client, that's the Virtual Infrastructure Client as well, from 1. x to 2. 5, and with that, let's get started.

Performance Optimization with ESX Server
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching Performance Optimization with VMware ESX Server. In this video, we'll learn about selecting the right hardware for VMware ESX; we'll learn some performance optimization recommendations and best practices for performance. We'll talk about how ESX hosts manage and reclaim memory from the virtual guests. I'm excited about taking a look at some of the VMware performance monitoring tools like exstop and the Virtual Infrastructure Client's graphing features. Then we'll move into vMotion, talk about what it is and how it can help you. We'll learn about ESX Resource Pools, ESX Clusters, and VMware High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler or DRS. Those are called VMHA and VM DRS. And with that, let's get started!

Configuring vMotion, Resource Pools, DRS, and VMHA
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching, Configuring vMotion, Resource Pools, DRS, and VMware HA with VMware ESX Server, and I'm happy to say that we're going to be covering some of the most exciting features of the Virtual Infrastructure Suite in this video, and we'll be doing it all hands-on and we'll be demonstrating every feature, how to configure it, and then testing it. So what are we going to talk about? Well, I think the title says it right there. We're going to talk about how to configure vMotion, Resource Pools, the Distributed Resource Scheduler or DRS clusters, and VMware High Availability or VMware HA, and with that, let's get started.