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Still work in progress to the VCP5 Blueprint study notes, but first two objectives are (quite) completed. Stay tuned for the next objectives! For the blueprint see: http://vinfrastructure.it/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5/

Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies See also those similar posts: Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and VDS Policies and Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies Identify common vSS and vDS policies (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 43). Policies set at the standard switch or distributed port group level apply to all of the port groups on the standard switch or to ports in the distributed port group. The exceptions are the configuration options that are overridden at the standard port group or distributed port level. The blueprint […]

Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches See also this similar post: Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches and Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch capabilities (similar as vSphere 4.1) Official page with features of vDS: Improves visibility into virtual machine traffic through Netflow (New in vDS 5) Enhances monitoring and troubleshooting using SPAN and LLDP (New in vDS 5) Enables the new Network I/O Control (NIOC) feature (now utilizing per VM controls) (New in vDS 5) Simplified provisioning and administration of virtual networking across many hosts and clusters through […]

Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches See also those similar posts: Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches e Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches and Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches. Identify vNetwork Standard Switch capabilities (same as vSphere 4.x) See: VMware Virtual Networking Concepts and VMware Virtual Networking. Create/Delete a vNetwork Standard Switch (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide. No need to know the CLI… Note that now also from the GUI the vSwitch MTU can be changed. Add/Configure/Remove vmnics on a vNetwork Standard Switch (same as […]

vStorage API Introduced for the first time in vSphere the vStorage API are specific functions to permit an integration more thight with external storage functions. Note that there also other integration module that are coverd in the PSA framework. For more information see: What Is New in VMware vSphere™ 4: Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 – Storage vSphere Storage API – Storage Awareness (VASA) This is a new set of APIs introduced in vSphere 5.0 that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier […]

The vCenter Server availability could be necessary in most cases and critical for large environment (or where a lot of services depends on it). In small environment, usually, this not so critical, because most of the VMware functions still work also without vCenter Server (for more info see vCenter Server Design: Physical vs Virtual). There are at least four solutions to increase the availability for vCenter Server: use a VM for vCenter Server and use VMware HA use vCenter Server Heartbeat product use a MSCS solution for vCenter (unsupported from vSphere version) use VMware FT […]

From the version VI 3.x the vCenter Server can be deployed or on a physical server or on a virtual machine (both solutions are supported by VMware). In this page pros and cons are analyzed.

Note: VMware has removed the vRAM Entitlements concept and restriction. So this post is no more relevent! Introduced during the official announce of vSphere 5, this news in the vSphere licensing (expecially for the hosts) has been changed (the first rumor of this was mentioned here by Gabrie van Zanten). Not in the priciple (the vRAM is still the allocated vRAM of powered on VM, not the consumed vRAM) but in his value and how are counted (for example there is a max vRAM value of 96 GB for each VM): vSphere edition Previous vRAM […]

Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions Knowledge See also those similar posts: Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions and Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions. Identify available vSphere editions and features (some changes from vSphere 4.x) See the Compare vSphere 5.0 Kits and Compare vSphere 5.0 Editions. Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the VMware Sphere Basic guide, the Objective 0.1 – VMware Products and also VMware Web Site. Explain Private/Public/Hybrid cloud concepts See the Objective 0.2 – Cloud Concepts. Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on […]

Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi Most of the references are from the vSphere Security Guide, but also the old (from VI 3.x) Managing VMware VirtualCenter Roles and Permissions is still a good reference. See also: Objective 1.4 – Secure vCenter Server and ESXi e Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi. Identify common vCenter Server privileges and roles (similar as vSphere 4.x) See: vSphere Security Guide (page 59). Some are available both in ESXi and vCenter Server: No Access: Cannot view or change the assigned object. vSphere Client tabs associated with an object appear without […]

In vSphere 5, for the first time, ESXi has now an integrated firewall. In this way another feature gap between ESXi and ESX has been filled. But this firewall is quite new and different compared to the one from ESX, although the management (at the GUI mode) remain similar of the old one. For more info see: http://vinfrastructure.it/vdesign/esxi-5-firewall/

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