PacktLib: VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook


About the Author


About the Reviewers


The Virtual Datacenter


Becoming a virtual datacenter architect

Using a holistic approach to datacenter design

Passing the VMware VCAP-DCD exam

The Discovery Process


Identifying the design factors

Identifying stakeholders

Conducting stakeholder interviews

VMware Capacity Planner

Using Windows Performance Monitor

Identifying dependencies

The Design Factors


Identifying design requirements

Identifying design constraints

Making design assumptions

Identifying design risks

Creating the conceptual design

The vSphere Management Design


Identifying vCenter components and dependencies

Selecting a vCenter deployment option

Determining the vCenter system requirements

Selecting a database for vCenter deployment

Determining database interoperability

Choosing a vCenter Single Sign-On deployment mode

Designing for management availability

Backing up the vCenter Server components

Using vCenter Server Heartbeat to provide vCenter availability

Securing the management components

Designing a separate management cluster

The vSphere Storage Design


Identifying RAID levels

Calculating storage capacity requirements

Determining storage performance requirements

Calculating storage throughput

Storage connectivity options

Storage path selection plugins

Sizing datastores

The vSphere Network Design


Determining network bandwidth requirements

Standard or distributed virtual switches

Providing network availability

Virtual switch security

Network resource management

Using private VLANs

IP storage network design considerations

vMotion network design considerations

The vSphere Compute Design


Calculating CPU resource requirements

Calculating memory resource requirements

Scaling up or scaling out

Determining the vCPU-to-core ratio

Clustering compute resources

Reserving HA resources to support failover

Using distributed resource scheduling to balance cluster resources

Ensuring cluster vMotion compatibility

The vSphere Physical Design


Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

Understanding the physical storage design

Understanding the physical network design

Creating the physical compute design

Creating a custom ESXi image

Best practices for ESXi host BIOS settings

The Virtual Machine Design


Right-sizing virtual machines

Enabling CPU Hot Add and Memory Hot Plug

Creating virtual machine templates

Using vApps to organize virtualized applications

Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules

Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity


Backing up ESXi host configurations

Configuring ESXi host logging

Backing up virtual distributed switch configurations

Deploying VMware Data Protection

Using VMware Data Protection to back up virtual machines

Replicating virtual machines with vSphere Replication

Protecting the virtual datacenter with Site Recovery Manager

The Design Documentation


Creating the architecture design document

Writing an implementation plan

Developing an installation guide

Creating a validation test plan

Writing operational procedures

Presenting the design

Implementing the design