VMware vSphere 5: Installing

Part 1 of 3 in the VMware vSphere 5 series covers installing VMware vSphere 5.
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(281)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 29, 2011
Duration
4h 5m
Table of contents
Getting Started with VMware vSphere 5 Training Course
Lab Setup
Course Scenario
Overview of VMware vSphere 5
Installing VMware ESXi 5
Installing vCenter 5
Installing vCenter 5 as a Linux Appliance (vCSA)
Using the vSphere 5 Web Client
What's New in vSphere 5
Navigating vSphere Using the vSphere Client
Description
Course info
Rating
(281)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 29, 2011
Duration
4h 5m
Description

Part 1 of 3 in the VMware vSphere 5 series covers installing VMware vSphere 5. 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.

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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

Lab Setup
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching Lab Setup. In this vSphere 5 course, we'll be using a virtualization lab to walk you through the installation, configuration, and administration of vSphere 5. So why should you build your own virtualization lab? Well, first off, to get hands-on experience with vSphere 5. While you'll learn a lot in this course, you'll learn even more by performing these steps for yourself hands-on. A virtualization lab is also great to prove that vSphere 5 works as advertized. That way you can do it for yourself on your own equipment. You can show your co-workers and your boss. You could also use that lab to prove that vSphere works for your company's applications. And finally, a virtualization lab is a great way to help you to prepare for a certification like the VMware Certified Associate, the VCP, or the VCAP.

Course Scenario
Hello, and welcome to TrainSingal. You're watching the Course Scenario for vSphere 5 video training. Throughout this vSphere 5 video training course, you'll see the Wired Brain Coffee Company in use across multiple lessons, so I wanted to take a moment to answer the question, who is the Wired Brain Coffee Company? Because TrainSignal uses scenario-based training, we came up with the Wired Brain Coffee Company that may or may not be based on a national coffee chain. The Wired Brain Coffee Company is useful when we talk about how to apply technology in the real world. Those scenarios that we come up with help you to remember whatever vSphere advanced feature or configuration we're trying to help you learn. And by remembering, that means that you'll retain what you learn so that you can use it later. The Wired Brain Coffee Company, in most lessons, has multiple datacenters, and they use vSphere 4 server consolidation. Those multiple datacenters are usually managed by one vCenter server, although that may not always be the case. I think most of the time you'll find that the Wired Brain Coffee Company has a simple virtual infrastructure that most everyone can relate to. When you set up your own virtualization lab, feel free to use the Wired Brain Coffee Company, or come up with your own scenario. Thanks for watching this course scenario lesson for our vSphere 5 video training.

Installing vCenter 5
Welcome back to TrainSignal's VMware vSphere 5 Training. You're watching Installing vCenter 5 lesson. So this is going to be an awesome lesson. We're going to go through some cool things in this lesson. So we're going to go very quickly through the slides here. We're going to take care of some of the main things that you need to know and all that good stuff, and then we're going to dive in and install VirtualCenter. So we're going to start off by talking about well what is VirtualCenter? What is vCenter? Why do you need it? What does it do exactly? Then we're going to look at the vCenter Server blueprint. What are the different components that make up vCenter? We're going to talk a little bit about well should you do vCenter Server physical or should you keep it virtual? What are some of the pros and cons, and what is the approach, what is my personal opinion, etc? We're going to talk about the VirtualCenter or the vCenter Server features. What are the different components that tie into vCenter exactly? We're going to look at the hardware and software requirements to install vCenter Server. Before you install vCenter you've got to know what you need, the database requirements, the port requirements. And then we're going to talk about well how do you evaluate the VirtualCenter, where did you get it from, and so on and so forth. Let's go ahead and get started.

Installing vCenter 5 as a Linux Appliance (vCSA)
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. You're watching Installing VMware vCenter 5 as a Linux Appliance or the vCSA. In this lesson I'll be answering the question what is the vCenter Server Appliance. I'll cover the pros and cons to using vCenter as an Appliance, and then I'll show you how to deploy vCenter Server 5 using the new Appliance mode. Finally, I'll end the lesson by showing you how to test vCSA using the vSphere client. So with that let's get started. So what is the vCenter Server Appliance? Well, it's also called the vCSA, and that stands for vCenter Server Appliance, and it's a new option for deploying vCenter with vSphere 5. What it is is a Linux-based virtual machine that's optimized for running vCenter Server, and it has not only Linux preinstalled, but also a version of vCenter that's compatible with Linux and is fully functional or just about fully functional in your vSphere virtual environment with vSphere 5. Now don't worry if you're not familiar with Linux. No Linux knowledge is required, and the cool thing is that no installation of Linux or even vCenter has to be performed. By far it's the fastest way to get vSphere 5 up and running, and the cool thing is that there's no additional cost to using this method of course assuming you've already purchased vSphere and vCenter.

What's New in vSphere 5
Welcome back to TrainSignal's VMware vSphere 5 Training. You're watching What's New in vSphere 5 lesson. Alright, so are you guys excited? vSphere 5 is finally here, and it is packed with new features. There are over 150 new features in this release, and I'm very, very excited about all of them. In this lesson we're going to focus on the top gun features, the rock star features of this release. We're going to talk about the vSphere 5 platform enhancements, what's new there, what can I do, I mean more VM's per host, etc, etc. We're going to then move onto vSphere storage. There are tons of enhancements as far as vSphere storage is concerned. I'm not going to spoil this, so I'm going to leave it for later slides. We're going to talk about vSphere networking, what's new there like the ESXi firewall. We're going to talk about vCenter 5 for a little bit. We're going to talk about the new High Availability. Yeah it's been completely rearchitected, so I have some slides on there for you as well. Now vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 technically it's not part of the course, it's not part of vSphere, but I wanted to also shed some light on it because Site Recovery Manager or SRM is such an important feature to all of this. I'm sure you want to learn a little bit more about what's new in SRM 5. vCloud Director 1. 5 also a little bit outside of the scope including vShield 5. 0. You know, the last three bullets are a little outside of the scope of the course, but I just wanted to give you a quick overview of what to expect with some of these newer versions. Let's go ahead and get started.