vSphere 6 Foundations: Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

Watch this course to learn how to administer VMware vSphere 6 virtual machines, vApps, clones, and templates. This is the fifth course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series.
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(45)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 17, 2015
Duration
2h 51m
Table of contents
Introduction
Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
Create and Deploy vApps
Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
Description
Course info
Rating
(45)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 17, 2015
Duration
2h 51m
Description

One of the most common tasks that vSphere administrators do on a daily basis is to administer VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs.) You need to know how to create VMs, control VMs, clone VMs, and create vApps in order to get your company’s applications up and running as quickly as possible! Watch this course to learn the fundamentals of vSphere virtual machine administration! This is the fifth course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series.

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

Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Create and Deploy Virtual Machines. In this module, we'll kick it off by identifying the capabilities of Virtual Machine Hardware versions. There are various versions of Virtual Machine Hardware and you need to be able to know which version of Virtual Machine Hardware you have, and what the capabilities are of that Virtual Machine Hardware. From there we'll identify methods to access and use the Virtual Machine console. At some point, you'll need to access Virtual Machine consoles, and it will probably be right from the start when you go to install a Guest Operating System for the first time. From there, I'll cover how to configure and manage Virtual Machine templates, how to place Virtual Machines into host clusters and resource pools, how to configure and deploy your first Guest Operating System into a new Virtual Machine. I'll show you how to configure and modify virtual Hardware, things like the VCPU, virtual memory, virtual disk, and virtual network adapters. After that, I'll show you had a create new virtual disk, and also convert those virtual disk from thinly provisioned to thickly provisioned virtual disk. I'll walk you through the process of installing and upgrading Virtual Machine Tools, as well as Virtual Machine Hardware. We'll cover PCI pass-through and Direct I/O, and we'll wrap it up by configuring Virtual Machine time synchronization. as you can see here we've got a lot to cover. So with that, let's get started.

Create and Deploy vApps
VMware vSphere vApps are very powerful abstraction layers that allow you to control multiple virtual machines all at the same time, export those groups of virtual machines, import those groups of virtual machines and even allocate resources on a per-vApp basis. In this module, we'll start off by identifying the requirements that you'll need to meet in order to utilize vApps in your vSphere infrastructure. From there, I'll walk you through the process of creating, deploying and cloning VMware vSphere vApps. I'll show you how to add objects to an existing vApp, how to edit your vApp settings, how to configure IP pools, and then finally we'll wrap it up with how to suspend and resume a VMware vApp. We've got a lot to cover so with that, let's get started.

Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
One of the most efficient ways to manage your vSphere Virtual Infrastructure is to use clones and templates and the new vSphere 6 content library functionality. And these are exactly the things that we'll be learning in this module. I'll kick it off by explaining cloning and template options, I'll show you how to clone an existing virtual machine, how to create a template for that virtual machine, how to deploy a virtual machine from the template, and then how to update virtual machine templates. After that, I'll walk you through deploying virtual appliances or vApps from OVF templates. After that, we'll jump into the new vSphere six content library funtionality by creating a local content library. I'll show you how to import OVF files, OVA files and ISO images into the local content library. And then we'll deploy a virtual machine utilizing the content library. After that, I'll show you how to publish your content library, so that it's remotely accessible, and then I'll show you how to subscribe to that content library from a remote vCenter server. As you can see, we've got a lot to cover here in this module of Managing Virtual Machine Clones, and Templates, let's get started.

Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
One of the most common tasks that a VC Administrator does is to administer virtual machines, things like virtual machine power states, snapshots, storage policies, virtual discs, and so forth. In this module, Administer Virtual Machines and vApps, that's exactly what we'll be covering. We'll kick it off by explaining the files that are used by virtual machines. We'll jump to the command line and you'll see the files that make up a virtual machine and learn which file does what. From there I'll explain the common practices for securing your virtual machines, I'll show you how to hot extend a virtual disk. After that we'll review the virtual machine options, power, and boot settings, we'll cover how to administer virtual machine snapshots, how to assign storage policies to a virtual machine, we'll verify storage policy compliance, and then we'll cover virtual machine resources. From there we'll wrap this module up by differentiating between power states of a virtual machine. We've got a lot to cover so with that let's get started.