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About Abhilash GB
He is a VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX6-DCV).
He also holds other VMware certifications, including VCAP4-DCA, VCAP5-DCA, VCAP6-DCD, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCP6-DCV, VCP-Cloud and VCP6-NV.
He has been in the IT industry for more than a decade and has been working on VMware products and technologies since the start of 2007.
He is also the author of the books:
1) VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook - July 2013
2) Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager - May 2014
3) VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook - Feb 2015
4) Learning VMware vSphere - Oct 2016 [co-author]
5) Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager [Second Edition] - Oct 2016
6) VMware vSphere 6.5 Cookbook (Third Edition)- Jan 2018
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Lay the foundation for data center virtualization using VMware vSphere 6 and understand its power
- Learn how server virtualization is achieved and virtual infrastructure is built using VMware's products and solutions
- Create a scalable and responsive virtualization platform for hosting virtual machine workloads of a business
- Study server virtualization concepts with conceptual diagrams, flowcharts, and screen-captures
Computer virtualization, the foundation of modern day data centers, entails running multiple application workloads on a single machine to reduce the number of physical machines in a data center and achieve scalability. What began as a technology to virtualize x86 architecture has now grown beyond the limits of a server's hardware and into the realm of storage and network virtualization. VMware is currently the market leader in developing data center virtualization solutions.
This book goes into the details of designing and implementing VMware solutions that form the foundation of a VMware infrastructure. The book begins by introducing you to server virtualization concepts followed by the installation and configuration of ESXi – Vmware's hypervisor. You'll learn how to manage a vSphere environment and configure vCenter's advanced management capabilities. As you advance, you'll cover vSphere networking, storage, ESXi clustering, resource management, and virtual machine management. You'll then be introduced to SSL certificate management and its use in a vSphere environment. Finally, you'll get to grips with lifecycle management of a vSphere environment by effectively monitoring, patching, and upgrading vSphere components using Update Manager.
By the end of the book, you'll have learned how to use VMware's vSphere suite of components to lay the foundation for a modern virtual infrastructure.
What you will learn
- Understand the hypervisor architecture and install, deploy, and configure ESXi hosts
- Find out what forms a VMware Virtual Machine can take and how to create and manage them
- Manage storage in a vSphere environment
- Create and manage software switching constructs such as the vNetwork Standard Switch and vNetwork Distributed Switches
- Monitor the performance of a vSphere environment using tools such as the vCenter performance graphs and ESXTOP
- Manage SSL certificates in a vSphere environment
- Upgrade and patch a vSphere environment using vSphere Update Manager
Who this book is for
If you're an experienced technologist new to the realm of data center virtualization, this book will help you get a head start in learning how to design, implement, and manage a modern day datacenter virtualized using VMware's core infrastructure solutions. It'll also serve as a comprehensive reference guide for infrastructure architects and system administrators.
Table of Contents
- An Introduction to Server Virtualization Using VMware
- The Hypervisor – ESXi
- The Management Layer – VMware vCenter
- vSphere Networking Concepts and Management
- vSphere Storage Concepts and Management
- Advanced vSphere Infrastructure Management
- Understanding Host Profiles, Image Profiles, and Auto Deploy
- Virtual Machines Concepts and Management
- Monitoring Performance of a vSphere Environment
- Certificate Management for a vSphere Environment
- Securing a vSphere Envir
- This is the first book on the market that provides an extensive disaster recovery solution using the latest vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
- Master the skills of protecting your virtual machines by replicating and recovering them in seconds
- This practical, step-by-step guide will help you protect all your applications with Site Recovery Manager and Replication
VMware vCenter Site Recovery manage is an orchestration tool used to automate disaster recovery in a manner that no other solution does. It is programmed to leverage array-based replication and VMware's proprietary vSphere Replication engine.
The book begins by talking about the architecture of SRM and guides you through the procedures involved in installing and configuring SRM to leverage array-based replication.
You will then learn how to protect your virtual machines by creating Protection Groups and validate their recoverability by testing recovery plans and even performing failover and failback.
Moving on, you will learn how to install and configure vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution. It also guides you through the procedures involved in configuring SRM to leverage vSphere replication.
Finally, you will learn how to deploy and configure vRealize Orchestrator and its plugin for SRM and vSphere Replication.
What you will learn
- Familiarize yourself with disaster recovery concepts and the architecture of vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.
- Deploy and Configure vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication and vSphere Replication.
- Use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution.
- Enabling protection of Virtual Machines by creating Protection Groups.
- Enable orchestration of the recovery of protected virtual machines by creating Recovery Plans.
- Migrate virtual machine workload from one site to another using Recovery Plans
- Testing and Performing a failover or failback of Virtual Machines using Recovery Plans
- Enable vRealize Orchestrator Plugins for SRM and vSphere Replication.
About the Author
Abhilash G B (@abhilashgb) is a virtualization specialist, author, designer, and a VMware vExpert (2014, 2015, and 2016), who specializes in the areas of data center virtualization and cloud computing.
He has been in the IT industry for more than a decade and has been working on VMware products and technologies since the start of 2007. He currently works as a senior VMware consultant for one of largest information technology and services company in the world.
He holds several VMware certifications including VCP3, VCP4, VCP5-DCV, and VCP-Cloud. He also holds advanced certifications such as VCAP4-DCA and VCAP5-DCA.
He is also the author of some other books published by Packt Publishing—VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook in July 2013, Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager in May 2014, VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook in February 2015, and a co-author of the book Learning VMware vSphere in October 2016.
Table of Contents
- Installing and Configuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1
- Creating Protection Groups and Recovery Plans
- Testing and Performing a Failover and Failback
- Deploying vSphere Replication
- Configuring and Using vSphere Replication 6.
Deploy and manage VMware vSphere 6.5 components with ease.
- Simplified and to-the-point theory and practical recipes to deploy and manage vSphere 6.5
- Discover the best ways to deploy stateless and stateful ESXi hosts and upgrade them
- Storage and network resource management
- Certificate management using VMCA
- Monitor the performance of a vSphere environment.
VMware vSphere is a complete and robust virtualization product suite that helps transform data centers into simplified on-premises cloud infrastructures, providing for the automation and orchestration of workload deployment and life cycle management of the infrastructure. This book focuses on the latest release of VMware vSphere and follows a recipe-based approach, giving you hands-on instructions required to deploy and manage a vSphere environment.
The book starts with the procedures involved in upgrading your existing vSphere infrastructure to vSphere 6.5, followed by deploying a new vSphere 6.5 environment. Then the book delves further into the procedures involved in managing storage and network access to the ESXi hosts and the virtual machines running on them. Moving on, the book covers high availability and fair distribution/utilization of clustered compute and storage resources.
Finally, the book covers patching and upgrading the vSphere infrastructure using VUM, certificate management using VMCA, and finishes with a chapter covering the tools that can be used to monitor the performance of a vSphere infrastructure.
What you will learn
- Upgrade your existing vSphere environment or perform a fresh deployment
- Automate the deployment and management of large sets of ESXi hosts in your vSphere Environment
- Configure and manage FC, iSCSI, and NAS storage, and get more control over how storage resources are allocated and managed
- Configure vSphere networking by deploying host-wide and data center-wide switches in your vSphere environment
- Configure high availability on a host cluster and learn how to enable the fair distribution and utilization of compute resources
- Patch and upgrade the vSphere environment
- Handle certificate request generation and renew component certificates
- Monitor performance of a vSphere environment
Who this book is for
If you are a system administrator, support professional, or anyone interested in learning how to install, configure, and manage a vSphere environment, then this book is for you. This task-oriented reference guide will also benefit consultants or infrastructure architects who design and deploy vSphere 6.5 environments.
Table of Contents
- Upgrading to vSphere 6.5
- Greenfield Deployment of vSphere 6.5
- Using vSphere Host Profiles
- Using ESXi Image Builder
- Using vSphere Auto Deploy
- Using vSphere Standard Switches
- Using vSphere Distributed Switches
- Creating and Managing VMFS Datastore
- Managing Access to the iSCSI and NFS Storage
- Storage IO Control, Storage DRS, and Profile Driven Storage
- Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
- Configuring vSphere 6.5 High Availability
- Configuring vSphere DRS, DPM, and VMware EVC
- Upgrading and Patching using vSphere Update Manager
- Using vSphere Certificate Manager Utility <
About This Book
- Explore the use of command line interface (CLI) to consistently configure the environment and automate it reasonably
- Discover the best practices to deploy stateless and statefull ESXi hosts and upgrade them
- Simplified and to-the-point theory to manage vSphere Storage and Networking Environment
Who This Book Is For
This is an excellent handbook for system administrators, support professionals, or for anyone intending to give themselves a headstart in learning how to install, configure, and manage a vSphere environment. It is also a good task-oriented reference guide for consultants or infrastructure architects who design and deploy vSphere environments.
What You Will Learn
- Upgrade your existing vSphere environment to vSphere 5.5 or build a new one
- Autodeploy a large set of stateless/stateful ESXi hosts in your vSphere environment
- Configure vSphere networking using standard or distributed virtual switches
- Configure and manage FC, iSCSI, and NAS storage
- Configure high availability, load distribution, and power savings on an ESXi cluster using vSphere HA, DRS, and DPM
- Patch and upgrade the vSphere environment using vSphere Update Manager
- Use vSphere Management Assistant as a remote command-line interface
- Discover the built-in tools available for monitoring the performance of a vSphere environment
VMware is still the undisputed leader in providing virtualization solutions ranging from server virtualization to storage and network virtualization. VMware vSphere is the industry's most complete and robust virtualization platform, transforming data centers into dramatically simplified cloud infrastructures.
VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook will walk you through the procedures involved in installing or upgrading your current vSphere environment to Version 5.5 and also help you perform the most common administration tasks ranging from configuring HA, DRS, and DPM, configuring storage and networking, to patching/upgrading using vSphere Update Manager, performing remote CLI operations using VMA, and monitoring the performance of a vSphere environment.
This book is written with simplified and to-the-point theory eliminating the need for lengthy reading before performing a task. Most of the tasks are accompanied with relevant screenshots and flowcharts to facilitate your understanding.
About This Book
- Learn how to deploy and use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution.
- Configure SRM to leverage array-based or vSphere replication engine.
- Use SRM to orchestrate the execution of recovery plans.
Who This Book Is For
This book is a guide for anyone who is keen on using vSphere Replication or vCenter Site Recovery Manager as a disaster recovery solution. This is an excellent handbook for solution architects, administrators, on-field engineers, and support professionals. Although the book assumes that the reader has some basic knowledge of data center virtualization using VMware vSphere, it can still be a very good reference for anyone who is new to virtualization.
What You Will Learn
- Familiarize yourself with disaster recovery concepts
- Deploy vCenter Site Recovery Manager
- Configure vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication and vSphere Replication
- Enable the protection of virtual machines by creating Protection Groups
- Create and test Recovery Plans
- Migrate virtual machine workload to another site using Recovery Plans
- Perform a Failover in the event of a disaster
- Failback the virtual machines to the Protected Site
- Use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager automates disaster recovery in a manner that no other solution does. It is programmed to leverage array-based replication and VMware's proprietary vSphere Replication engine.
This book will familiarize you with the concepts of disaster recovery using vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.
You will learn how to deploy and configure vSphere Replication in the standalone mode to replicate virtual machines. You will also learn how to use vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication or vSphere Replication, form Recovery Plans and orchestrate them to perform a test, Planned Migration, Failover, or Failback.
Amidst all the recent competition from Citrix and Microsoft, VMware’s vSphere product line is still the most feature rich and futuristic product in the virtualization industry. Knowing how to install and configure vSphere components is important to give yourself a head start towards virtualization using VMware.
If you want to quickly grasp the installation and configuration procedures, especially by using the new vSphere 5.1 web client, this book is for you.
VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook will take you through all the steps required to accomplish a task with minimal reading required. Most of the tasks are accompanied with relevant screenshots with an intention to provide a visual guidance as well.
The book has many useful recipes that will help you progress through the installation of VMware ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1. You will learn to use Auto Deploy and Image Profiles to deploy stateless/stateful ESXi servers, configure failover protection for virtual machines using vSphere HA, configure automated load balancing using vSphere DRS and DPM.
Finally, the book guides you through upgrading or patching ESXi servers using VMware Update Manager and also deploying and configuring vSphere Management Assistant (VMA) to be able to run scripts to manage the ESXi servers.
A fast-paced, task-oriented Cookbook covering recipes on the installation and configuration of vSphere 5.1 components. The recipes are accompanied with relevant screenshots with an intention to provide a visual guidance as well. The book concentrates more on the actual task rather than the theory around it, making it easier to understand what is really needed to achieve the task.
Who this book is for
This book is a guide for anyone who wants to learn how to install and configure VMware vSphere components. This is an excellent handbook for support professionals or for anyone intending to give themselves a head start in learning how to install and configure vSphere 5.1 components. It is also a good task-oriented reference material for consultants who design and deploy vSphere environments.