Introduction. Part 1 Install, Configure and Manage the vSphere Environment. 1 Automating vCenter Server Deployment and Configuration. 2 Automating ESX/ESX(i) Server Deployment and Configuration. 3 Automating Storage and Networking. 4 Using Advanced vSphere Features. Part 2 Managing the Virtual Machine Life–Cycle. 5 Creating virtual machines. 6 Templates and Customisation Specifications. 7 Configuring Virtual Machine Hardware. 8 Advanced Virtual Machine Features. 9 Using vApps. Part 3 Securing your vSphere Environment. 10 Backup and Restore your Virtual Machines. 11 Organize Your Disaster Recovery. 12 Hardening the vSphere Environment. 13 Maintain Security in Your vSphere Environment. Part 4 Monitoring and Reporting. 14 Reporting the Status of a vSphere Environment. 15 Using Statistical Data. 16 Monitoring a vSphere Environment. 17 Auditing a vSphere Environment. Part 5 Scripting Tools and Features. 18 Scheduling Automation Scripts. 19 The SDK. 20 The Onyx Project. 21 PowerGui and VEcoShell. 22 PowerWF Studio. 23 Add a GUI Frontend to Your Automation Scripts. Index.