Book Review – Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments (VMware Press)

I recently received a copy of Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments by Sean Crookston and Harley Stanger (find it here on Amazon) and I wanted to share my thoughts. Chapter 1: Laying the Groundwork What a great start. This chapter covers the core competencies of vSphere 5. Not only is the functionality of these competencies discussed, but the design …

VMware vCenter 5.1 SSO Installation Error 29133: Administrator login Error

Earlier this week I decided to go ahead and upgrade the vCenter in my lab from 5.0 –> 5.1. The first step of doing that is to install the new vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) component, which allows single sign on for the vCloud Suite. Before starting with the install I glanced over the vCenter 5.1 Release Notes as well …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify vCenter Server log file names and locations Below are a list of the log file names and their locations  (I used VMware KB1021804 to help …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 3.4 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.4 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify hot key fields used with resxtop / esxtop There are some different hot keys that will get you to different views within resxtop / esxtop and …

VCAP5-DCA–Objective 3.3 – Implement and Maintain Complex DRS Solutions

For this objective I used the following documents: VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.3– Implement and Maintain Complex DRS Solutions Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Explain DRS / storage DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules Two types …

VCAP5-DCA-Objective 3.2–Optimize Virtual Machine Resources

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine Resources Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Compare and contrast virtual and physical hardware resources At its most basic form, virtual resources allow you to overcommit your virtual machines. Virtual resources are the makeup of physical …

VCAP5-DCA-Objective 3.1–Tune and Optimize vSphere Performance

For this objective I used the following documents: Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.0 vSphere Resource Management Guide Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.1 – Tune and Optimize vSphere Performance Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify appropriate BIOS and firmware setting requirements for optimal ESXi host performance BIOS settings on your hosts …

VCAP5-DCA Objective 4.2-Deploy and Test VMware FT

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 4.2 – Deploy and Test VMware FT Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify VMware FT Hardware Requirements There are some pretty strict hardware requirements when it comes to VMware Fault Tolerance (FT). Only certain processors are compatible with VMware’s vLockstep …

VCAP5-DCA Objective 4.1–Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions

For this objective I used the following documents: VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify the three admission control policies for HA There are actually three types of …