Foreword ixIntroduction 1Chapter 1 Assessing Your Current Environment 3Chapter 2 Planning Your Virtual Environment 25Chapter 3 Building Your Virtual Environment 75Chapter 4 Configuring Your Virtual Environment 119Chapter 5 Securing Your Virtual Environment 219Chapter 6 Populating Your Virtual Environment 263Chapter 7 Monitoring Your Virtual Environment 335Chapter 8 Maintaining Your Virtual Environment 365Chapter 9 Backing Up Your Virtual Environment 399Chapter 10 Troubleshooting Your Virtual Environment 409Chapter 11 Advanced Topics 435Index 467
Eric Siebert has been working with computers for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years, his main focus has been the administration of Windows server environments and supporting enterprise applications such as web, email, and database servers. Four years ago, he discovered virtualization technology in the form of VMware ESX and has been hooked ever since, spending countless hours learning the product inside and out. He now spends much of his time helping others in VMware's community support forums, having achieved Guru status and become one of the forum's moderators. His own website, http://vmware-land.com, is where he shares his tips and experiences and hundreds of links to technical information and top ten lists on a variety of subjects. In addition, Eric writes tips and blogs for Tech Target on sites such as searchvmware.com, searchservervirtualization.com, and searchdatabackup.com. Most recently, he was a speaker, panelist, and Best of VMworld awards judge at VMworld 2008 and is a regular guest on VMware's weekly VMTN roundtable podcast. In 2009, Eric was awarded the VMware vExpert award, one of only 300 people worldwide recognized for their knowledge, experience, and contributions to the VMware community.