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Are you ready for virtualization? You should be. Some analysts suggest that by the end of 2011, over half of every IT workload will be running inside a virtual machine.

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Are you ready for virtualization? You should be. Some analysts suggest that by the end of 2011, over half of every IT workload will be running inside a virtual machine.

VMware's vSphere 5 is an enterprise-ready virtualization solution. Superstar vSphere trainer Greg Shields will introduce you to VMware and vSphere, preparing you for the VMware vSphere 5 certification, Certified Professional 5, or VCP5, exam. You won't just have what it takes to take the exam, you'll learn career-critical virtualization skills in this Nugget series.
1. Introduction to VMware, vSphere, and the VCP5 (35 min)
2. Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions (19 min)
3. Install and Configure vCenter Server (26 min)
4. Install and Configure VMware ESXi (25 min)
5. Configure vNetwork Standard Switches & vSS Policies (26 min)
6. Configure Shared Storage for vSphere (23 min)
7. Create and Configure VMFS Datastores (21 min)
8. Create and Deploy Virtual Machines & vApps (30 min)
9. Administer and Migrate Virtual Machines and vApps (34 min)
10. Configure VMware Clusters and Resource Pools (44 min)
11. Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates (18 min)
12. Backup and Restore Virtual Machines (22 min)
13. Update and Profile ESXi Hosts (26 min)
14. Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches & vDS Policies (22 min)
15. Secure vCenter Server and ESXi (16 min)
16. Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance (17 min)
17. Configure the vSphere Storage Appliance (21 min)
18. Perform Basic vSphere Troubleshooting (17 min)
19. Monitor vCenter and Administer Alarms (28 min)
20. Plan and Perform vCenter Server and ESXi Upgrades (14 min)

Introduction to VMware, vSphere, and the VCP5

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Welcome to CBT Nuggets' Mastering VMware vSphere Version five. I'm Greg Shields. Let me guess what's probably going on right now. Maybe you were sitting around working with your group policy, maybe swiping out a network card, just doing whatever is that involved with the tasks of IT. Someone walks up to your desk and slopes down some

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CDs and DVDs for a new piece of software called VMware vSphere. And all of a sudden out of nowhere you're being elevated from the good old traditional IT world of physical computers and servers and desktops and you're being asked to quickly become educated become quickly involved in this whole world of virtualization.

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You probably spent some time looking virtualization. You're probably familiar with it. You can't read anywhere in the IT press these days without coming across an article or two on virtualization itself. But really getting down into the click by click of how you would design and construct and operate and make sure that that whole virtualization environment stays running over the extended period of time, now that may not be something that necessarily you have a lot of experience with. And so consequently

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you've decided I'm going to go and learn this thing. Well I'm glad you have. As I mentioned my name is Greg Shields and I've been working with virtualization since its very beginnings. And I have the unique opportunity to once again put together a video training series here with CBT Nuggets to assist you with mastering this new technology that we think of as VMware vSphere. I've put together twenty of these

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different nuggets, where essentially you and I are going to spend some time going through that whole design, build and operate activity as it relates to vSphere. And I hope that over the extended period of time that I can spend some time helping you understand how to make good decisions whatever you do this in production. And also if you plan on

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taking that VCP examination, how to be successful on that VCP examination. In this series we're going to spend some time talking about a whole series of topics, right. I want you to help. First and foremost I want you to understand really why virtualization has really, really gone from this amazing cool thing that no one really understands to just something that you do.

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Virtualization is rapid dominance at the Datacenter has occurred over an extremely fast period of time. It really wasn't that many years ago when all of our servers were physical boxes and we were marching into the datacenter to make any changes to them. But the

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incorporation and the embrace of virtualization almost universally across IT organizations is a testament to just the benefits that it can provide to both you as an IT person and also as your businesses, some one needing to accomplish something with the benefits of computing.

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So this series attempts to kind of solve two things. First and foremost it tends to help you understand how to build, configure and operate vSphere. By the end of this you're going to hopefully understand all of the different, the real vulgarities associated with working with vSphere and the buttons you need to click and all that sort of click here, click here sort of stuff, that's required to put a vCenter environment up in operations.

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Now the second piece of this is also understanding hopefully for myself just the things that I've learned over the years that I can hopefully in part to you, that are good decisions, good ways to implement things. Best practices for implementing vSphere, because vSphere there are a lot of moving parts. And you can connect those moving parts and a lot of incorrect

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ways and there only a few really correct ways that will ensure that you are successful both in the short run as as your environment grows over time. So I hope to be able to come to share with you what I learned over the years and help you be successful there. And then thirdly also is prepping for that all important

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the VCB exam. Now the VM certified professional exam is a certification exam obviously from VMware, it's a single exam. I would highly recommend dropping by VMware.com and picking up the VCP5 Exam Blueprint. Now the Exam Bluerprint, an excellent document, an excellent piece of work. VMware has done a really good job of outlining

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step by step and task by task all the things that you've got to know in order to be able to take that exam. And you know if you're not interested in the exam, if taking that exam is not something that is going to be useful for you or your career don't worry because the focus here is not necessarily specifically getting you ready for those questions. The focus here

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is helping understand what virtualization is and how it works best with vSphere. But along the way you may make mention from time to time where certain elements are just good to know because they tend to be noted on the exam, they intend to be exam type things. And so if you are intending

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on taking the exam take a look at that the VCP Exam Blueprint down there. It's on VMware.com, it's on their education certification location where you can learn very specifically what you need to know. You will find that the items that Blueprint so that the breakdown structure of all the knowledge that you need to know, I have kind of taken the information from that document.

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Re-factored it into a slightly better story line, but you'll see kind of the same actions found here in this training series they kind will see inside of the Blueprint and part of that's purposeful, because the exam intends to validate that you know what you need to know. But in order to get there you've probably

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got to know those things also and so kind of generally aligning how you will construct your vSphere environment according to that Blueprint. In a lot of ways assists you down solving both of those goals. Now the first thing I really want to talk about here in and we're not actually going to get into the click by click until we get to nugget number three. Because before you actually

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even start putting bits into disks, you've got to understand really what the role of virtualization is the Datacenter. And also what the role of vSphere is amongst everything. And they're recognizing Virtualization's Rapid Dominance of the Datacenter is an important understanding for in many ways justifying your move towards virtualization. I say often

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that virtualization has very, very rapidly gone from a really cool thing. There was a time period not that many years ago were virtualization was the hottest thing coming and going. And in a very short period of time it went from a really exciting thing to just kind of something you do. And so today this is,

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I'm filming this somewhere near the end of 2011. So in this time period a very large if not almost majority of all IT workloads these days are being run inside of a virtual environment. IT has subscribed virtualization because virtualization presents some very important benefits, such as compression, consolidation, efficiency and optimization.

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You know for most environments, for most businesses, the number one reason why we move the virtualization is just simply because well I have 50 servers and all those servers are run at 5% utilization and it's a huge waste of power in a huge waste of space. So if I shrewish those 50 servers down so I can fit 10 servers on to one server, then I just have less stuff that I have to manage in the physical world.

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The less I have to manage means the less the power, the less to cool, just less to deal with. Now there's a further benefit there to not just the space power and cooling reduction bits, but the other bit there is the fact that a virtual server is just so much more faster to get deployed.

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If I ask you the question today, okay, and I am. So how long does it take between the time somebody walks into your office and says, hey we need a new server. And when that server is actually in the rack and producing whatever servers they need. So if somebody walks in and says, look we need another sequel server today, how long does it take? Can you do that in a day? Can you do that in five days? Some some people commonly, honestly, the most common answer I get out of people when I ask them that question is really takes me about a month, right.

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Does it take you a month? I mean if somebody comes in your office today and says I need a new server, could it take 30 days to get a new server, possibly think about that. Right, you need a new server and so you've got to go speck one out and then you've got to go call dollar IBM or HP or whoever handles your servers.

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You've got to tell them what you want, they've got to build it, they've got to ship it to you. You've got to unbox it, you've got to find space on the rack. You've got to put it in the rack and network it and connect it to storage and add an operating system. And then put on whatever applications

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are required and there's probably nine levels of process and change control that you've got to go through in order to do that. So the time difference between a new service request and a new service these days is honestly measured in a month or more, it's measured in weeks.

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Well when you move to virtualization, virtualization says, all right what if I just have a bunch of equipment that is available and that creates an amount of supply, so a certain supply of resources that I can then apply to virtual machines. And I can then rapidly deploy new virtual

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machines when that servers requests comes in. I shall find out a little later on with the right technologies in place you can create very nice templates and clone a VM from a template so you know you have a configuration control VM right from the get-go. And if you have enough resource supply,

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if you have enough SPU, memory, network and storage, well you're going to be able to provision that virtual machine and you'll have that virtual machine up in minutes or hours instead of a month. That's great, that's a great thing for management, that's a great thing for reducing the drag that IT places on business agility. I know those are business-y kinds of topics, but you know

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every time that your business comes to you and they have to plan a month ahead a time for those sorts of things, that's not a great deal. Also virtualization when you implement the right functions, When you implement the right protective measures that come with virtualization, you also reduce the risk of a server failure. Now depending on what level of protection

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you want to put in place, the server itself might fail. VMware HA, if I lose a host, I'm gonna lose that virtual machine, but I'm gonna lose it for three minutes, five minutes the most before it automatically powers on somewhere else. When was the last time you were out at a barbecue and it's a Saturday afternoon, maybe you've had a beer or two, you know you're cooking up steaks and your pager goes off because one of your services failed. While how many minutes does it take for you

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to get that server back online and running again. You might have to put down the barbecue tongs and get in your car and drive to work. And if you living on the other side town well there could be traffic. So it could take a really long period of time to get that server back up and operational again. So just that the sheer

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operational issues associated with server failure and applying HA to that or DRS or even full tolerance to that really reduces the amount of down time that a server is going to have whenever actual downtime occurs. So virtualization in itself really improves

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the availability of services. Also means that you can perhaps stay at the barbecue instead of having to drive into work. It also allows you to optimize the use of those expensive physical resources. And I think I mentioned that, you know, I don't know the average utilization of a Windows server industry wide, I have been told is somewhere like 5 to 7% worldwide. So you go to any Windows server and 93 to 95% of the time, that Windows server is just idly flipping ones and zeros back and forth to keep itself busy until it to actually do something. And I don't know if you're a manager and you

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have a person, an employee that's only working 7% of the time, what are you going to do with that employee. Well you're probably going to either give them more work or tell them they need to go find another job. But why do we do this with our servers? It's expensive, they're very expensive and then running them with power and cooling is even more expensive. So squishing together those unused

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processor cycles across many servers allows us to have a more optimized use of those expensive physical resources. Virtualization in itself means that I'm getting more out of the stuff that I paid for and that's great. A real big benefit here to is this whole notion of disaster recovery and making disaster recovery finally cost effective.

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I have a buddy of mine who was working in a financial services organization and this is back in the way old days prior to virtualization. And because they were financial services they had to have a disaster recovery site because it's people's money. And the way that they did a disaster recovery site is when

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he went to build a server then he would go and build another server and he would drive the other server over to the other Datacenter and if he had to make a change on the first one he would have to drive over to the other Datacenter and make a change on the second one. Really not cost effective as a disaster

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recovery scenario. Now with virtualization however, I have the ability to encapsulate all the configurations that is a virtual machine down to just one single file. A virtual disk is a virtual disk and it's one file large. So with that virtual disk in my hands, I can then replicate the contents of the virtual disk from one place to another. And

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so it creates this really cost-effective sense of disaster recovery. It's not, I don't know, it's not hard to do disaster recovery, it's still challenging. But all whole driving servers around problem just really isn't there anymore. So disaster recovery much much easier in virtualization

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because we've now got the automation functions that distill all the way down even to SNB. Even SNB's can do disaster recovery these days of virtualization very very very easily. And lastly this is really helping you come to grips with this impending notion of cloud computing.

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Right now today at the end of 2011, beginning of 2012 there are a lot of people still afraid of cloud computing. And it's understandable it's a very you know shattering, it's a very disruptive technology. A lot of people wondering where it fits and whereas virtualization and cloud computing are by no means the same thing, the embrace of one begins to lead one in to the embrace of the other.

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So becoming familiar with vSphere is a good educational point for your resume, for your taking the test. For just the wisdom that you can apply to your entire, the contribution that you provide your company. And that's a good thing. You know becoming more valuable to

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your company is really important and so there's no better way to do it these days, it seems, than by becoming really really familiar with virtualizations and especially advanced virtualization. stations, topics. Now, before we even get started right, before you actually even start watching working with me in these videos and learning together with me that there are a couple things you have to know and and luckily they're not that that bad.

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A couple of prerequisites for this series number one, is just an understanding of the Windows OS. If you've been working with the Windows OS for really any period of time, you are familiar with it, great. Also no fear of Linux. Where as in vSphereV4 and 4(1) and particularly now in vSphereV5, the number of things that you have to do that make you resort back to the old Linux OS stuff, the Linux UI, which is coming on line, getting less and less. In fact in version five there is ESX anymore,

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there's only ESX1 and ESX1 is a very very very very very very stripped down almost appliance like version of Linux. Some people don't like it when you call ESXI Linux, but it still runs off, it has a management partition there that runs off of highly tailored version busy box Linux. You can drill

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into that Linux if you want. You can play around with that Linux, but I will tell you that in this series I'm actually going to spend almost no time in the Linux UI. But having no fear of it, having at least some comfort level with it will assist. There are some commands that you probably

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should be aware of. If you're going to take the exam, it is commonly asked for you to understand what the Linux commands are. But just having no fear of the Linux O/S even if you don't have experience, it's just no fear is important here. I also ask that

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you have a basic knowledge of virtualization concept and also networking storage. It's not necessary, I mean if you had extensive knowledge of virtualization, you probably wouldn't be watching this series. But simply having understanding that virtualization involves a hyper-visor and that there virtual machines that sit on top of that hyper-visor and they're all sort of atomic and all sort of Isolated from each other just a basic knowledge of what virtualization is, is important because I don't just jump right in the how to use the vSphere right around nugget number three. The same thing with

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networking storage, basic knowledge of how to figure networking. There's a couple of advanced networking things you're going to need to know, the same thing with storage, that many of those you can you ask questions of your network admin or your storage admin as it relates. I'll show you what these things are so

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don't worry about them if you're not completely familiar. The hardest part honestly when it comes in networking storage, is if you're the type of admin that has been working exclusively with direct attached storage and when a network person hands you a cable and that you just IP a server. When you get to virtualization

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the whole networking and storage conversation gets a little bit more complicated because you're creating an infrastructure and in many ways it's the same kind of infrastructure that the network admins and storage admins have kind of been providing for you for a long period of time. So at the conclusion of this I think

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you're going to understand vSphere, you're going to understand virtualization better, but you probably also going to understand virtualization a little better too, excuse me, networking a little better to. The same thing with storage and so there's benefits here to taking this, to learning here, because you're going to learn quite a few topics, I think over these these next twenty videos. You should also

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have a familiarity with VMware Workstation product. So the entire infrastructure that I'm building here and going to be working with you on, is based off of VMware Workstations. So the term that you would google on is nested virtualization. And nested virtualization, what it really means is that I have a hyper-visor, which in our case is VMware Workstation, that's sitting on top of the Windows computer that I'm looking at right here. So VMware Workstation provides a hyper-visor

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and then the virtual machine that we create is ESX, ESXI. And inside ESXI, once we've created that, we'll put more virtual machines. So we're nesting, it's like the Russian dolls that they keep going in and getting smaller and smaller. This nested virtualization

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is, I am purposely doing it in this way because not a lot of people have access to a server with which to install the ESXI directly onto. But you can install it inside a Workstation. A Workstation you can download a free demo or free VAL version or you can buy it. It's not that expensive, it's completely worth

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the money spent on it. So be familiar with it. Spend a minute or two just playing around with creating a VM or two, because that will assist you with what we're doing when we're creating this nested virtualization thing. And the most important is desire to learn. You know I say this during

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all of my training is, this is going to be a lot of fun and I highly recommend that you follow along. You know create your own environment at the same time you're watching me create this environment because we learn by doing. And if we can interact so you can listen to me, I can hopefully answer the questions that you're thinking at the time that you're thinking them and also that you can just simply do what I'm going over here. This will help you actually

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really cement this knowledge in the your head. It's very important. Now down here in the bottom in the box is, I have copied and pasted this right out of that VCP, that VCP guide, the VCP Blueprint and I do this specifically because this is what VMware suggests as the minimum prerequisites for a candidate for VCP examination, or VCP certification. You see here a candidate for the certification

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has about six months of experience working with v-Sphere. You've been working for v-Sphere for about six months that's around the time that the you might want to be begin taking the test. These are typically infrastructure personnel, so you're working on foundations.

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People installing, configuring ESXI, hosts, using vCenter Server to monitor and manage troubleshooting and administer virtual machines. So not a lot of designed stuff there, there is actually a design certification over the top of VCP, but this is the entry level certification that just validates the ES.

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You have proven that you are competent in managing vCenter. Further it says that the successful candidate will most likely have additional industry- recognized general IT certifications or the equivalent experience. Having an MCITP can't hurt. In some cases having one of the Linux certs can't hurt, having a networking cert can't hurt, having a storage cert can't hurt.

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But the VCP is really intended to be an introductory level certification. It's the first step on the path. Now how to get there. What's the steps we're going to go through in order to get to this nirvana of VMware bliss whatever. You'll find that and it's funny because everybody knows wants to get to working with virtual machines first or it's like hey let's start working on that that DRS load balancing cluster, that's what I want to see.

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What's interesting is, you're building an infrastructure here. And that infrastructure has to be cemented correctly. You've got a put the re-bar in before you put the concrete in and you've got to put the concrete in before you can put in the carpets in the Windows. And so we have to

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start by essentially digging the hole that we're going to put the foundation in before we can to the re-bar. This is how I've kind of constructed this outline for us. We're going to start here with just a couple of intro concepts here. This nugget is as you are currently experiencing just what the heck is VMware, what the heck is v-Sphere and what is the VCP5. And then the next one, I'm just to spend just a minute or two, not that long helping you understand what the vSphere Architecture and Solutions are.

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I find that most people kind of get the architecture after they have kind of played with all the pieces first. So this will not be a very long nugget, but I just want to give you a feel for what VMware is thinking when they're creating this vCenter thing.

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We're then going to install cCenter Server and then ESXI. So ESXI is the hyper-visor, okay. That's the thing that does the virtualizing. You're going to put ESXI on one or more hopefully more physical hosts in your Datacenter. The more hosts you put it on the more VMs you can manage and then one of those VMs will be a VM running Windows that runs vCenter server, simple enough. Now the server is kind of its essentially that

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the management tool, it's the management platform that enables you to interact with your hyper-visors, your ESXI hosts and then also all the VMs that you're running. You can connect vCenter server directly into a single ESXI box, so you can connect it to a set of them which is the preferred configurations. You can operate all of them as a unified infrastructure

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and that's how we're going to do it. Today, even though you can't plug it directly into an ESXI box, these days people just want to run three or four, six or 32 ESXI hosts in one big cluster and allow themselves to abstract the resources of those machines for use by virtual machines.

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Once we've built the operating system and once we got a Windows box running vCenter server and once we've got a couple hyper-visors up and running, we're going to start working on the network stuff, the storage stuff and the data stored stuff. So we've got to get the networking up so that we can get the storage up. And then

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we've got to get the storage up in order get the data storage up. And I'm gonna focus on ethernet based storage pretty strongly here just simply because our industry is moving very much so towards ethernet based storage whether that be fiber channel over ethernet.

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It's just the industry seems to be moving in that direction and also because if you are a fiber channel shop and you have a real fiber channels HBAs in the back of your hosts, of which there are still very many of you, for the most part those, that configuration, the majority of the work is done by the storage admin and you just sort of receive one or more lines. You light the thing up and all of a sudden poof lines appear. So there's

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not much to do comparatively from the ESX side or the vCentre side as it relates to storage in a pure fibre channel shop. Now ethernet based storage fibre channel or ISACZI you've got a little bit more work to do. You've got to do some IP addressing in certain circumstances. And you've gotta do some fail

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over stuff in certain circumstances. So that's why we're going to spend most of the focus on that with the switches and storage and ultimately the data stores. Then and only then at nugget number eight can we actually start working with virtual machines.

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And so we're going to work with virtual machines, we're going to create them. We're going to administer and migrate them. This is the vMotion topic and then we're going to get to the very very cool topic of VMware clusters. This is, you are both welcome and I'm sorry the

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longest of the videos in the series because VMware clusters are both just really awesomely cool and also there's just a lot there that you now. So that one is one that you may want to watch a few times because there's a lot of content in there and it's really really really important.

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We didn't go through rapid deployment with cloning templates and then from here down we're going to go to some of the individual topics that are absolutely required for running your environment, but the build of your environment starts here and goes to about right here at number 11 and then at this point these are kind of branching from there. You have to do

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backup and restore. You probably should update your hosts and profile them. You probably will want to move to distribute the switches at some time. You probably are going to want to implement security. So all of these are the additional topics all the way down to the bottom, which sort of conclude the sum body of knowledge that's necessary for you to be successful with vCenter. Now if you are planning

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on taking the exam. As I said before you probably are going to want to follow along. So we're going to be creating a network somewhat similar to this. We will have one domain controller dc.company.pri. We will have one vCenter server that is actually running as a virtual machine called vc.company.pri.

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And we will have two and then at some point later on three ESX hosts, ESX1, ESX2 and later on number three. All of the hosts have local storage and all of the hosts will ultimately connected into a single instance of shared storage as well. So what should you have if you had a desktop computer with about eight gigs of ram and at least two processors, if not more, probably four would be even better.

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You will probably be able to support all the needs for this if you want to demo this. But this is what we're going to be creating. I would also recommend going to VMware's website and downloading whatever bits are necessary. I think you get like 60 day time bomb on all the bits. Just to give you a view of what we're

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going to look at this is the server that we will be playing with. This is vc.company.pri. Currently we have, looks like three hosts, six processors, one cluster, seven data stores, six virtual machines and templates that are created. Here's all the stuff over here on the right. It's going to be

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a lot of fun. You're going to get a chance to see all kinds of stuff here and interact with vCenter and all sorts of ways that will just be impressive and will prepare you just for doing this and operations. If you do plan on taking the exam though, there are a couple of

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ideas here about the exam, a couple of thoughts. As I mentioned this is the first level exam in the certification portfolio. So this is step one. Then from there is two advance level certifications, the VCAP-DCA and VCAP-DCT or oops that's a typo that should be DCD.

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The VCAP-DCA is kind of the second level certification there for administrators, for administration. Where as the DCD is for design. So if you're interested in creating Datacenters, virtual Datacenters, then the DCD makes more sense if you're interested in operating them DCA. And then the design expert VC design, VCDX

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acts here is the expert level certification. Not a lot of VDXs in the world, but there are few. There also a few desktop virtualization to. Certifications these are if you're, if it's not server virtualization that you're so much interested in, but desktop virtualization these are the expert level certifications for that. A few exam stats here. It is a single test to

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pass the VCP. Eighty-five question, 90 minutes if you are not an English as a primary language. If English is not your secondary language you get 30 more minutes in certain countries. Multiple choice, there some exhibits. It is a scaled scoring method somewhere between 100 to 500, 300 to pass, okay. Standard certification tests, \you go to one of those certification testing facilities. You sit down you take the test, 90 minutes later you know if you passed or not.

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One interesting thing and this is kind of gotcha with the VCP, is that VMware still today, whether you agree with that or not requires you to take a VMware official course. One of the two prior to taking the exam. It can be the VMware v-Sphere install figure manage or the VMware v-Sphere what's new exam in certain circumstances. But you have to take that

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course and give them money in order to be given the certification. Even if you pass the exam you still have to go back and take the course or they will not give you the certification. I leave that for whether you believe that's a good idea or not. The VCP-510 hosted by Pearson is actually the exam name and number.

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So this series will assist you with all the steps needed to be successful with virtualization. It will attempt to also prepare you for the exam. Again, there is that course requirement. But mostly really I am looking forward to another 19 of these little nuggets, which will assist you with this whole process of elivating your knowledge set to today's most modern virtualization platform in VMware v-Sphere.

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But more than anything, really the goal of this at least for me, is to help you develop your knowledge set, to expand your knowledge set to include one of the world's most mature platforms in VMware vSphere version five. This is almost brand new technology,

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but at the same time it's five revs in, so where we're talking about a technology that at this point really it kind of getting fairly mature and this stuff is bomb proof. And I've argued many times before that some times it's the weakest link in the ethernet environment is the administrator who doesn't know that they're not supposed to click that button.

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So don't be that administrator. I look forward to spending the next twenty nuggets with you. Helping you become more educated. Helping you become that much wiser and administrator as it relates to the VMware vSphere5. I hope this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

Install and Configure vCenter Server

Install and Configure VMware ESXi

Configure vNetwork Standard Switches & vSS Policies

Configure Shared Storage for vSphere

Create and Configure VMFS Datastores

Create and Deploy Virtual Machines & vApps

Administer and Migrate Virtual Machines and vApps

Configure VMware Clusters and Resource Pools

Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates

Backup and Restore Virtual Machines

Update and Profile ESXi Hosts

Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches & vDS Policies

Secure vCenter Server and ESXi

Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance

Configure the vSphere Storage Appliance

Perform Basic vSphere Troubleshooting

Monitor vCenter and Administer Alarms

Plan and Perform vCenter Server and ESXi Upgrades

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