VMware vSphere 5 - Part 1: vSphere Client and vCenter Server Configuration
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vCenter Server provides a centralized management framework for VMware ESXi hosts, but it's vSphere Client where vSphere administrators will spend most of their time. vSphere Client is a Windows-based application that allows you to manage ESXi hosts, either directly, or through an instance of vCenter Server. vSphere Client provides a rich graphical user interface (GUI) for all day-to-day management tasks and for the advanced configuration of a virtual infrastructure. While you can connect vSphere Client either directly to an ESXi host or to an instance of vCenter Server, the full set of management capabilities is only available when connecting vSphere Client to vCenter Server. With the release of vSphere 5, VMware also adds a robust new vSphere Web Client. vSphere Web Client provides a dynamic, web-based user interface for managing a virtual infrastructure, and enables vSphere administrators to manage their infrastructure without ﬁrst needing to install the full vSphere Client on a system. However, vSphere Web Client in its current form only provides a subset of the functionality available to the "full" vSphere Client. This course describes the installation of vSphere Client as well as vSphere Web Client. The configuration options of vCenter Server will also be covered.
Anyone wishing to learn the fundamental features, functions, and capabilities of the VMware vSphere product suite collection of products in order to provide a full array of enterprise virtualization functionality; systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel, and ESXi operators and support personnel.
A good understanding of system administration on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Server 2008 operating systems experience would be of benefit. Experience equivalent to or greater than CompTIA Network+ and with Linux Server operating systems is strongly recommended.