VMware vSphere 5 - Part 1: ESXi Installation and Configuration
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As of the 5.0 release, vSphere no longer includes ESX. In previous versions of vSphere, users had to choose between using ESX - with the full Linux-based Service Console - or ESXi. Now, with this release of vSphere, ESXi is the only form of the VMware hypervisor available. Even though users no longer need to choose between ESX and ESXi, they do need to choose which variant of ESXi they will use: ESXi Installable or ESXi Embedded. ESXi Installable is the traditional form of the vSphere hypervisor. ESXi Embedded refers to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) installation of the vSphere hypervisor onto a persistent storage device inside qualified hardware. This is an exciting option that saves administrators the time of performing any type of installation. This course covers the available EXSi installation options, requirements, as well as the EXSi installation itself. Whether you are installing from a CD/DVD or performing an unattended installation of ESXi, once the installation is complete, there are several post-installation steps that may be necessary, depending on your specific configuration. This course reviews the post-installation steps required. vCenter Server provides a means for adding functionality to the core services of vCenter Server via plug-ins. As an administrator implements new products or functionality within vCenter, plug-ins are often installed to provide an interface and configuration components to vCenter Server for the new product or feature. Lastly this course describes the available plug-ins such as Update Manager, ESXi Dump Collector, Syslog Collector, Auto Deploy, and Authentication Proxy.
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.