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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Malhoit

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In Detail

vCenter Operations Manager offers a powerful solution to administrating a large virtual machine deployment, allowing you to automate processes and plan your resource capacity to maximize hardware efficiency.

This book contains step-by-step tutorials, detailed descriptions, and real-world solutions that will allow you to overcome the complexity of a powerful but often overwhelming suite of tools for the modern network administrator. Install, configure, troubleshoot, and expand your virtualization deployment with this essential handbook.

The vCenter Operations Management Suite contains so much information within one solution that it can be intimidating. It can make administrators feel overwhelmed or think that they are not using it properly. This book is a practical guide to using vCenter Operations Manager for the everyday administrator. It not only gives step-by-step instructions but also makes admins more comfortable with the user interface so they can maintain, troubleshoot, and design their infrastructure and virtual environment in the most efficient way possible.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials guides you through installing and configuring vCenter Operations Manager and shows you how to maximize its potential. vCenter Operations Manager helps you maintain and troubleshoot your VMware environment as well as your physical environment. It goes beyond using the simple alarms vCenter gives you by explaining the virtual environment and how to track, explain, and find solutions to anomalous behavior. You're taught how to deploy the power of vCops to maximize your ability to plan capacity and design your environment, enabling more efficient use of your hardware than ever before.


This book features step-by-step guides as well as practical, real-world examples, exploiting the premise that there’s never just one way to narrow down problems. It tackles scenarios by going through different workflows to find the answers you need.

Who this book is for

This book is for administrators, engineers, and architects of VMware vSphere as well as those who have or are interested in purchasing the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. It will particularly help administrators who are hoping to use vCenter Operations Manager to optimize their VMware environments as well as quickly troubleshoot both long-term and short-term issues.

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About the Author

Lauren Malhoit

Lauren Malhoit has been in the IT field for over 10 years. She's currently a technical virtualization architect specializing in virtualization and storage in the datacenter. She has been writing for TechRepublic and TechRepublic Pro for a few years as well as for As a VMware vExpert, Cisco Champion, EMC Elect, and PernixPro member, Lauren tries to stay involved in the community. She also hosts a bi-weekly technology podcast called AdaptingIT ( Lauren has been a delegate for Tech Field Day ( several times as well.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29216 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782176969
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (19 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Essentials Level Knowledge 30 Mar. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops) is easy enough to deploy into a vSphere environment, but requires a fair bit of understanding to really squeeze all of the purchased value from the various dashboards, reports, and alerts. Lauren very cleanly walks the line of an Essentials level book, giving you exactly what you need to fire up a vC Ops with some practical lab examples in a clear and concise manner without getting buried in the weeds. There are little nuggets of real world experience scattered throughout the book, providing solid advice to overcome typical obstacles. I especially enjoyed the section on the 3rd party plug-ins, such as EMC's Storage Analytics, which I have encountered difficulty finding technical answers around in the past.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials is a must-have reference for anyone looking to implement or operationalize vC Ops.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's worth reading 2 April 2014
By Andras Herceg - Published on
I was planning to read this book earlier, I have already copied it to my tablet more than 2-3 weeks ago, but I have just finished the reading. In a virtualized environment, especially if there are a bunch of ESXi hosts, datastores and a lot of VMs the comprehensive and continuous performance and capacity monitoring, analytics is crucial.

The author Lauren Malhoit in his book VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials by Pack Publishing opens at the very beginning: Introducing the vCOps Suite, different versions, installing the vCOps, then he builds up the picture about this powerful solution. Covers not just the vCOps installation, configuration, dashboards, badges, reports and troubleshoot but he writes about the capacity planning: common issues, optimizations, what-if scenarios. Other products from the VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite are also covered, such as the vCenter Configuration Manager has a chapter with a detailed installation and configuration guide. I am really glad that Lauren has included one of the most interesting new VMware product, the Log Insight virtual appliance. Installation, alert/query creation and integration/collaboration with the vCOps are presented good. The book takes you through the Horizon View integration and also an advanced level vCOps Suite tool the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator has an own chapter as well. In the last section we can get a short overview about a vCOps add-on: the EMC storage analytics (ESA) management pack.

The book is very logical, easy-to-understand, uses step-by-step guides with in-depth descriptions and contains a lot of screenshots in 246 pages. Since the vCOps is available within the vCloud Suite also, I would suggest to deploy this powerful virtual appliance anyway. And of course you can use this great reference during the implementation and configuration.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 16 May 2014
By VirtuallyMikeB - Published on
I reviewed this title on my blog: [...]

I recently had the opportunity to review this title by the good folks at Packt Publishing. They provided me with a free e-copy for this review. It was good timing, too, because a new project of mine involves more in-depth work with vCOPs than I’ve had so far.

My experience with vCOPs has been a couple installations and initial configurations for clients. I have not customized vCOPs greatly and have mainly used it’s default capabilities to glean health, performance, and capacity metrics for reporting purposes. So far, the topics I’ve found most useful include the troubleshooting performance sections in Chapter 4. This is where many people will find value in vCOPs. In addition, Chapter 5, covering capacity planning, is another area in which I’ve spent most of my time.

For someone like me who has dabbled in vCOPs, I’ve found this book useful more as a reference than one I need to read cover to cover. I imagine, though, for those new to the product, the chapters on installation and initial configuration will be worth your time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Training and Refrence Material 26 May 2014
By Steve Gold - Published on
I was recently asked to review a copy of VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials written by Lauren Malhoit and published by Packt Publishing. Like most of the books published by Packt Publishing this one was very well written,

While this book does offer tutorials and production useful examples, I have found that it is also a great reference guide. My own experience has been installing vCOPs and using it’s basic functions. The chapters on Capacity Planning and Performance gave me insights that I did not have before reading those chapters.

VMware has delivered an excellent tool for understanding the health of your virtualization environment and Lauren’s book gives you the tools you will need to better understand and utilize that tool. . I would recommend this book to anyone using vCOPs or simply wanting to learn more about vCOPs.
5.0 out of 5 stars VMware vCenter Operations Manager essentials is a great resource to get you and your team up to ... 25 July 2014
By R. Hudson - Published on
VMware vCenter Operations Manager essentials is a great resource to get you and your team up to speed with vC Ops quickly. While an easy read, details are not skipped. The author begins with a high level approach and quickly gets into methods and approaches to manage and troubleshoot. Junior VMware administrators can use this book as a systematic learning tool. If you want and need to get the value of vC Cops delivered quickly, this book will help you get it. If you've been waiting to really dive into the bells and whistles of vC Ops, gain some depth and really use it, start here. I bought the eBook from PacktPub, great value.
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