VMware vSphere 5: Configuring

Part 2 of 3 in the VMware vSphere 5 series covers configuring VMware vSphere 5, including datacenters, hosts, virtual machines, virtual storage and more.
Course info
Rating
(124)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 29, 2011
Duration
6h 29m
Table of contents
vCenter 5 - Configuring Your New Virtual Infrastructure
Creating and Modifying Virtual Guest Machines
Installing and Configuring VMware Tools
Understanding and Using Tasks, Events, and Alarms
Virtual Storage 101 and Storage Terminology
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
Creating a Free iSCSI SAN with OpenFiler
Administering VMware ESXi Server Security
vSphere Virtual Networking
Using the vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (dvswitch)
Moving Virtual Machines with vMotion
Moving Virtual Storage with svMotion
Description
Course info
Rating
(124)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 29, 2011
Duration
6h 29m
Description

Part 2 of 3 in the VMware vSphere 5 series covers configuring VMware vSphere 5, including datacenters, hosts, virtual machines, virtual storage and more. This comprehensive course will show you how to virtualize your server and network infrastructure in an innovative, efficient, and reliable way using VMware vSphere 5. You'll walk away from this course able to install and configure ESXi 5 and vCenter 5 and able to manage virtual machines, virtual storage, networking and you'll also know how to leverage advanced features such as VMware High Availability, VMware Fault Tolerance and more. To get the most from this course, you should know the basics of virtualization, and some experience working with VMware vSphere will be helpful, but is not required.

About the author
About the author

Elias Khnaser is an author, speaker, and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware virtualization technologies.

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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

Installing and Configuring VMware Tools
Welcome back to Train Signal's VMware vSphere 5 training. You're watching "Installing and Configuring VMware Tools" lesson. So we've created the virtual machine, we've installed our guest operating system. In this lesson what I want to focus on, are the VMware Tools. The VMware Tools are a subset of drivers and applications and configuration stuff, that you post install of the guest operating system in order to enhance the functionality and performance of that guest operating system. There are VMware Tools for all the guest operating systems that are out there, it is best practice to have those VMware Tools installed, because it ties the virtual machine to the rest of the virtual infrastructure. Not only does it give you enhanced drivers for the video, the NIC, etcetera, but it also allows certain aspects, certain things to tie into the VM. So for example, if you're using backups, and if you want to backup the virtual machine, and that backup software that you're using wants to use the volume shadow copy that's inside of the Windows operating system, it usually uses the API's and the framework that VMware Tools provides, in order to connect to the VSS. So, VMware Tools overall, gives you a lot of good enhanced features. So we're going to talk about why you need to install VMware Tools. Not that we haven't talked about it already. We're going to talk about installing VMware Tools in Windows, we're also going to talk about installing VMware tools in Linux. We're going to talk about configuring VMware Tools with VMware Toolbox. I'm going to show you how you can search and sort to check the VMware Tools status, and then we're going to talk about how you can update VMware Tools.

Understanding and Using Tasks, Events, and Alarms
Welcome back to TrainSignal's VMware vSphere 5 Training. You're watching Understanding and Using Tasks, Events, and Alarms lesson. Alright, so we have this great infrastructure, this great vSphere infrastructure that we've built. Now, what good is an infrastructure if you can't properly monitor it and properly take, be able to look around and see what's going on, how to troubleshoot. The first step in troubleshooting is to understanding where you can gather the information within any infrastructure in general. In this lesson, what we're going to do is we're going to focus on the tools that you have as part of your vSphere, or part of your Virtual Center that allows you to get more insight into what's going on. We're going to talk a little bit about tasks and events, what's the difference between a task and an event, and when do you look at each. We're going to talk about how you configure SNMP, SMTP, and email in Virtual Center in general so that you can get alerted when certain thresholds are met or broken within your infrastructure. We're going to talk about how you get alerted using alarms within Virtual Center, so we want to make sure we're able to create alarms or use default alarms that are there that can be triggered based on certain thresholds if the CPU goes to 90%, or if the memory goes to 90%, et cetera, et cetera. We want to be alerted so that we can be proactive in administering and managing the environment and avoiding an issue, if we can. And we can. (chuckles) So with that, let's go ahead and get started.

Using the vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (dvswitch)
Welcome back to TrainSignal's VMware vSphere 5 training. You're watching "Using the vSphere "Distributed Virtual Switch, " otherwise known as "dvswitch. " Okay, so a quick disclaimer here before we get started. You're probably going to hear me say "VDS" and "vNetwork Distributed Switch" probably all through this lesson just because I'm still, I haven't been accustomed to saying "vSphere Distributed Switch" yet. Now, prior to version 5, the vSphere Distributed Switch used to be known as the vNetwork Distributed Switch, or VDS. So just in case I use that term, so you know how I'm using it, I'm using it a little lightly here but I exp-- I'm hoping that you guys can follow along. So, in this lesson, what are we going to cover? We're going to talk about the vSphere Distributed Switch. So, so far, in networking, all of what we've covered has been around the vSphere or the vNetwork, or (laughs)-- the vStandard switches. We haven't talked about any kind of advanced virtual switching. Now, in this lesson, we're going to cover the vSphere Distributed Switch, which allows you advanced functionality, allows you to manage things centrally. We're going to talk about private VLANs. This is a concept, again, that's only available with the vSphere Distributed Switch. We're going to talk about the differences in networking policies. There are some networking policies that are only available with the VDS, where others are only available with the VSS, the standard switches. And then we're going to discuss the different configuration tasks that we're going to tackle during this lesson.