This book will detail the default and custom installation of VMware's ESX server as well as basic and advanced virtual machine configurations. It will also discuss the requirements for a server virtualization and consolidation project and the cost savings surrounding such an effort. Furthermore, the book will provide a thorough understanding of the benefits of a virtual infrastructure and a comprehensive examination of how VMware eases administration and lowers overall IT costs.A virtual evolution in IT organizations throughout the world has begun.It is estimated that currently 3% of all servers run virtually and that number is expected to grow rapidly over the next 5 years. VMware's ESX server is the enterprise tool that provides the platform on which a

complete virtual infrastructure can be designed, implemented, and managed. ESX is the most powerful, resilient and customizable of VMware's three virtual platforms and this book explores many of the possibilities Server Sprawl and escalating IT costs have managers and system administrators scrambling to find ways to cut costs and reduce Total Cost of Ownership of their physical infrastructure. Combining software applications onto a single server, even if those applications are from the same software vendor, can be dangerous and problems hard to troubleshoot. VMware ESX Server allows you to consolidate 15 to 20 or even more servers onto a single physical server reducing hardware, electrical, cooling, and administrative costs. These virtual servers run completely independent of each other so if one crashes the other are not affected. Planning and implementing a server consolidation is a complex .This book details the requirements for such a project, includes sample forms and templates, and delivers several physical to virtual migration strategies which will save both time and costs.


You will easily be able to plan and deploy VMware's ESX Server and begin down the path of an evolved, virtual infrastructure in which costs, administration overhead, and complexity are reduced. VMware has provided the technology for a virtual infrastructure and this book shows you how to build it.Lastly, the book delivers a thorough understanding of the virtual evolution which is underway in many IT organizations and how the reader will benefit from shifting from the physical to a virtual world.A detailed resource on the default and custom installation of VMware's ESX server.Covers all the requirements for a server virtualization and consolidation project and the cost savings surrounding such an effort.Delivers a thorough understanding of the virtual evolution occuring in the IT industry.



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