Книга: Mastering VMware® Infrastructure3

Chapter 1: Introducing VMware Infrastructure 3

Chapter 1: Introducing VMware Infrastructure 3

Identify the role of each product in the VI3 suite. Now that you've been introduced to the products included in the VMware Infrastructure 3 suite, we can begin discussing the technical details, best practices, and how-tos that will make your life as a virtual infrastructure administrator a whole lot easier. This chapter has shown that each of the products in the VI3 suite plays an integral part in the overall process of creating, managing, and maintaining a virtual enterprise. Figure 1.9 highlights the VI3 product suite and how it integrates and interoperates to provide a robust set of tools upon which a scalable, reliable, and redundant virtual enterprise can be built.

The next chapter will begin a start-to-finish look at designing, implementing, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting a virtual enterprise built on VI3. I'll dive into much greater detail on each of the products I introduced in this chapter. This introduction should provide you with a solid foundation so we can discuss the different products beginning with the next chapter. You can use this introduction as a reference throughout the remaining chapters if you want to refresh your base knowledge for each of the products in the suite.

Master It You want to centralize the management of ESX Server hosts and all virtual machines.

Solution Install VMware VirtualCenter Server and add each host to the VirtualCenter inventory.

Master It You want to minimize the occurrence of system downtime during periods of planned maintenance.

Solution Implement VMware VMotion for the hot migration of running virtual machines.

Master It You want to provide an automated method of maintaining fairness and balance of resource utilization.

Solution Implement a cluster of ESX Server hosts and enable the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) feature.

Master It You want to provide an automated restart of virtual machines when an ESX Server fails.

Solution Implement a cluster of ESX Server hosts and enable the High Availability (HA) feature.

Master It You want to institute a method of providing disaster recovery and business continuity in the event of virtual machine failure.

Solution Install VMware Consolidated Backup with a supported third-party backup application. Construct a backup plan based on company policy.


Figure 1.9 The products in the VMware Infrastructure suite work together to provide a scalable, robust, and reliable framework for creating, managing, and monitoring a virtual enterprise.

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