Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services On VMware vSphere

This technical white paper provides best practice guidelines for deploying AD DS on vSphere. The recommendations in this guide are not specific to a particular set of hardware or to the size and scope of a specific AD DS implementation.The examples and considerations in this document provide guidance, but do not represent strict design requirements.

As the prominent directory service and authentication store, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is in the majority of network infrastructures. In some environments AD DS is viewed as another required service, but it does not attract much attention. In other environments AD DS is treated as the business critical application (BCA) that it is.

Considering that the ability to access network resources and the Internet, look up user information, and use email often requires AD DS, it is worth understanding the importance of this service and the stability of its underlying infrastructure. In much the same way that the criticality of AD DS differs from organization to organization, so does the acceptance of virtualizing this service.

More conservative organizations choose to virtualize a portion of the AD DS environment and retain a portion on physical hardware. The cause is typically misinformation, lack of experience in virtualization, or fear of the unknown. With the release of Windows Server 2012, new features alleviate many of the legitimate concerns that administrators have about virtualizing AD DS. These new features, the latest versions of VMware® vSphere® , and recommended practices help achieve 100 percent virtualization of AD DS.

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New Training Course – VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage

This training course focuses on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN 5.5. This course looks at how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. The course is based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5.

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  •     Define the key components of a software-defined data center
  •     Identify benefits of software-defined storage solutions
  •     Compare and contrast disk types and storage technologies
  •     Explain file, block, and object-oriented storage
  •     Identify Virtual SAN requirements, use cases, and architecture components.
  •     Plan and design a Virtual SAN deployment
  •     Configure Virtual SAN clusters
  •     Identify benefits of storage policy-based management
  •     Scale a Virtual SAN deployment based on storage needs
  •     Monitor Virtual SAN
  •     Troubleshoot Virtual SAN
  •     Identify the integration of Virtual SAN with the VMware product portfolio

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage (beta) – Overview

Register for the first beta delivery here: VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage

VMware has released the vSphere 5.5 Based VCP Exam

On January 22, we released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VCP550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VCP510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCP5-DCV certification if you have also taken an approved qualifying course.

vSphere 5.5 Based Exam – Exam Code VCP550

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vSphere 5.0/5.1 Based Exam – Exam Code VCP510

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Free e-learning course – vSphere 5.5 Data Protection Advanced Fundamentals

The course consists of the following self-paced modules:
  • vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 Overview: This module provides information about the vSphere Data Protection Advanced backup and recovery solution for virtual machines. It also includes demonstrations of vSphere Data Protection Advanced features.
  • vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 Configuration and Administration: This module explains deployment considerations, installation, and configuration best practices for vSphere Data Protection Advanced. It also includes deployment and configuration demonstrations.

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Enhanced vMotion with vSphere 5.1

Enhanced vMotion allows you to combine a vMotion and Storage vMotion into a single operation. Effectivly enabling a “shared nothing” vMotion. Use cases can be found in large datacenters and SMB markets; Cross host and datastore vMotion allows VM migration between clusters in a large datacenters, which may not have a common set of datastores between them.

Cross host and datastore vMotion allows simpler setup and use of local disk, by removing the shared storage requirement, it lowers the barrier to entry for use of non-disruptive migrations and will be very useful for the SMB market.

RVTools

It is very Useful Tool for ESX and vCenter.

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5, VirtualCenter 5.1 and ESX Server 5.1. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

This application supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX 5, VirtualCenter 5.1 and ESX 5.1.

Latest Version: 3.5 | March, 2013
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