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Vm War Ev Sphere Competitive Reviewers Guide

Vm War Ev Sphere Competitive Reviewers Guide

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The purpose of this document is to support a self-guided, hands-on competitive review of VMware vSphere. The
document has three sections as outlined below, starting of with basic virtualization features and concepts and
moving through to the more advanced virtualization features and concepts in Section 3.

SCALE OF DEPLOYMENT

CONTEXT AND PURPOSES

Section 1

Small scale deployment with 2

to 3 VMware ESX hosts

Basic confguration of virtualization platform in areas of networking,

storage (iSCSI) and cluster. In this section, evaluators will

experience VMware vSphere features of:

• High Availability (HA)
• VMotion

Section 2

Small to medium scale
deployment with 4 or more

VMware ESX hosts

Intermediate confguration of virtualization platform, including
Host Profles and Fibre Channel storage. In this section, evaluators
will experience VMware vSphere features of:

1. Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS)
2. Distributed Power Management (DPM)
3. Fault Tolerance (FT)

4. Storage VMotion™ and Thin Provisioning
5. Update Manager

Section 3

Medium to large scale, multi-
site deployment with 4 or more

VMware ESX hosts per site

Advanced confguration and management topics of virtualization

platform:
1. Multi-site management using LinkedMode

2. vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS)
3. Private VLAN
4. Dynamic Storage Management (e.g. growing a dynamic datastore)

In addition, evaluators will experience VMware vSphere features of:

• Hot Add
• Custom Alarms (e.g. for network access)

For hardcore IT administrators who desire to programmatically
manage their vSphere environments, this section provides
exercises in using the vSphere CLI interfaces:

1. Management Assistant (vMA)

2. PowerCLI

VMware vSphere 4
Competitive Reviewer’s Guide

ComPETITIvE REvIEWER’s GuIdE / 5

Reference Setup Environments

Note: Reviewers with access to the Reviewer’s Hands-On Lab system will see a slightly diferent pre-confgured
setup than the one shown below. Those reviewers should refer to the “VMware vSphere Competitive Reviewer’s
Hands-On Lab Guide” for details.

Evaluators will need to provision the necessary hardware for the exercises included in this guide. In this section,

details will be provided for a sample environment used for this vSphere evaluation in the lab. Below you will
fnd architecture diagrams that illustrate the following setup in this lab:

• Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP services

• Sample vSphere Evaluation Set

• Logical network setup

Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP services

Single
Forest Root
WIN2K3 Domain:
tm.local

adsrv1a

ProductionPrimary DNS,
AD integrated,toallow
fordynamicupdates

Single DHCP Scope
10.91.252.10-10.91.252.200
(10.91.252.101-10.91.252.112excluded)

adsrv1a

DC Serverfortm.local
10.91.252.1/255.255.0

Windows Server2003Enterprise Ed.
Schema Master–
DomainNamingMaster–
Infrastructure Master– RID – PDC

adsrv1b

DC Serverfortm.local
10.91.252.2/255.255.0

Windows Server2003Enterprise Ed.
Global Catalog

adsrv1b

Secondary DNS,AD integrated,
toallowfordynamicupdates

adsrv1a

adsrv1b

vSphere Eval Site Setup:
IP Range: 10.91.252.10-10.91.252.200
MASK: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 10.91.252.253

Diagram A - Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP services in reference setup environment

VMware vSphere 4
Competitive Reviewer’s Guide

ComPETITIvE REvIEWER’s GuIdE / 6

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