VCP 5 Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this objective I used one document and my own thinking (right or wrong remains to be seen)

  • VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging White Paper

Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

Knowledge

Identify available vSphere editions and features

– VMware vSphere Editions

Standard

Enterprise

Enterprise Plus

Entitlements per CPU License

vRam EntitlementvCPU/VM
32GB8 Way 64GB8 Way 96GB8 Way
Features
Hypervisor

x

x

x

High Availability
Data Recovery
vMotion

x
x
x

x
x
x

x
x
x

Virtual Serial Port Concentrator
Hot Add
vShield Zones
Fault Tolerance

x
x
x
x

x
x
x
x

Storage APIs for Array Integration
Storage vMotion
Distributed Resource Scheduler
Distributed Power Management

x
x
x
x

x
x
x
x

Distributed Switch
I/O Controls (Storage and Network)
Host Profiles

x
x
x

Auto Deploy
Policy Driven Storage
Storage DRS

x
x
x

Two additional version of vSphere are available:

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor – Free version of the hypervisor that consists of a subset of the functionality and has maximum RAM allocation of 32GB
  • VMware vSphere Desktop – Used for licensing vSphere in VDI deployments. Provides all Enterprise Plus features.

–  Acceleration Kits

Essentials

Essentials Plus

Standard AK

Enterprise AK

Enterprise Plus AK

Includes

6 CPUs

6 CPUs

8 CPUs

6 CPUs

6 CPUs

Entitlements per CPU LicensevRAM EntitlementvCPU/VM 32GB
192GB Max
8 Way
32GB
192GB Max
8 Way
32GB
256GB Max
8 Way
64GB
384GB Max
8 Way
96GB
576GB Max
8 Way
Features
Hypervisor

x

x

x

x

x

High Availability
Data Recovery
vMotion

x
x
x

x
x
x

x
x
x

x
x
x

Virtual Serial Port Concentrator
Hot Add
vShield Zones
Fault Tolerance

x
x
x
x

x
x
x
x

Storage API for Array Integration
Storage vMotion
Distributed Resource Scheduler
Distributed Power Management

x

x
x
x

x

x
x
x

Distributed Switch
I/O Contorls (Storage and Network)
Host Profiles

x
x

x

Auto Deploy
Policy Driven Storage
Storage DRS

x
x
x

 For further information read pages 6 thru 8 of the VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging white paper

Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures

In a VMware vSphere deployment if you want to take full advantage of the features available to you vCenter Server most be used. vCenter Server is the single point that allows you to centrally manage your connected ESXi hosts as well as deploy new virtual machines at the basic level. As you move up through the vSphere licensed editions vCenter Server allows for the use of vMotion, Fault Tolerance, DRS, etc. Without it, you are just connecting directly to an ESXi host and managing them in a singular fashion and without the more advanced features outlined above.

Explain Private/Public/Hybrid cloud concepts

  • Private Cloud – Datacenter virtualization that is managed by and running on internal assets
  • Public Cloud – Datacenter virtualization that is managed by and running on 3rd party equipment housed in there facility. Compute resources are accessed via the Internet
  • Hybrid Cloud – A combination of both Private and Public clouds. You may have pieces of your business running on internal compute resources, but for DR/BC you may leverage a 3rd party facility accessed via the Inernet

Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on customer requirements

– For the exam (and in your career) beware of what features are available based on the different vSphere editions (host profiles only with Enterprise Plus, etc). Also with the changes in licensing know the vRAM entitlements (and maximums for Acceleration Kits) for each vSphere edition.


Tools

  • VMware vSphere Basics guide
  • vCenter Server and Host Management guide