VCP Exam Cram

VCP Exam Cram : VMware Certified Professional

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VCP Exam Cram

VMware Certified Professional

VCP-310 Exam

Elias N. Khnaser

Covers the critical information you'll need to know to score higher on your VCP exam!

Master the essential concepts of VMware Infrastructure 3
Plan, install, deploy, and configure ESX Server 3.5
Understand how VMware Infrastructure is licensed
Implement reliable virtualized storage operations
Administer ESX Server 3.5 with VirtualCenter 2.5
Manage virtual machine operations
Systematically secure your virtual infrastructure
Manage and monitor virtual resources
Troubleshoot problems with ESX Server 3.5
Implement effective backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity
Maximize system availability in virtualized environments


Elias N. Khnaser is a published author, speaker, and consultant specializing in server-based computing and virtualization. He has implemented many of the world's largest Citrix deployments. He is co-author of Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 Exam Cram (Exams 223/256) and Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1.

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Coverage of each VCP exam objective

ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3805-9

ISBN-10: 0-7897-3805-8
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 336 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • Pearson It Certification
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0789738058
  • 9780789738059
  • 799,414

Table of contents




Chapter 1: Introducing VMware Infrastructure

What Is Virtualization?

Why You Need Virtualization

Types of Virtualization

Virtual Machine Overview

Simulation and Emulation

Virtual and Physical Machine Comparison

Why VMware Infrastructure 3?

VMware Infrastructure 3 Suite

What Is VMFS?

The VMkernel

The Service Console

The VI Client

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 2: Planning, Installing, and Configuring ESX 3.5

ESX 3.5 Minimum Hardware Requirements

Disk Partitioning ESX 3.5

Installing ESX 3.5 Using a CD-ROM

ESX 3.5 Post-Installation Configurations

Accessing ESX Using the VI Client

Accessing ESX Server Using SSH

Modifying Service Console Memory Allocation

Configuring NTP Client on ESX Server

Troubleshooting ESX 3.5 Installation

Hardware Issues and Misconfigurations

Purple Screen of Death

Diagnostic Data Collection

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 3: Licensing VMware Infrastructure 3


ESX Server Licensing

Evaluation Mode

Serial Number

Host-Based Licensing

Server-Based Licensing

VirtualCenter Licensing

How the License Key Functions

Per Processor

Per Instance

License Server

Installing the License Server

Working with the License Server

Losing the License Server

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 4: Virtual Networking Operations

What Are Virtual Switches?

Comparing Physical and Virtual Switches

Types of Virtual Switches

Internal Virtual Switch

Single Adapter Virtual Switch

Multiple Adapter Virtual Switch

Types of Virtual Switch Ports

Service Console


Virtual Machine

VLANs in Virtual Networking

Trunk Ports

802.1Q VLAN Tagging

Virtual Switch Policies

Virtual Switch Security

Traffic Shaping

NIC Teaming

Networking Maximums

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 5: Storage Operations

Storage in VI3

Fiber Channel

FC SAN Architecture



FC Addressing


iSCSI Addressing

Software Initiator

Hardware Initiator

Network Attached Storage

ESX Features on NFS Datastores

Configuring NFS Datastores

Virtual Machine File System

Extending a Datastore


Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 6: Administration with VirtualCenter 2.5

Planning and Installing VC

VC Blueprint

VC Preinstallation

VC Database Design

VC Installation

Designing a Functional VC Inventory




Administration with VirtualCenter

VMware Infrastructure Client Tabs

Lockdown Mode


Client Settings

VirtualCenter Maximums

VirtualCenter Server Backup and High Availability

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 7: Virtual Machine Operations

Virtual Machine Defined

Virtual Hardware

Virtual Machine Files

Creating a Virtual Machine

Installing a Guest Operating System

Understanding VMware Tools

Understanding and Working with Templates

Creating Templates

Guest OS Customization

Deploying Virtual Machines

Managing Virtual Machines

Cold Migration

What Are Snapshots?

Using VMware Converter Enterprise

Converter Enterprise Components

Converter Enterprise Installation


Using Guided Consolidation

Discovery and Analysis

Performing the Consolidation

Virtual Machine Maximums

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 8: VMware Infrastructure Security and Web Access

VI Security Model

Users, Roles, Privileges, and Permissions

Working with Roles

Assigning Permissions

VirtualCenter Security

ESX Server Security

Web Access

Web Access Minimum Requirements

Remote Console URL

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 9: Managing VMware Infrastructure Resources

VM CPU and Memory Management

Using Resource Pools to Govern CPU/Memory Resources


VMotion Host Prerequisites

Enabling VMotion

VMotion CPU Requirements

The VMotion Stages

Distributed Resource Scheduler

DRS Automation Process

DRS Cluster Validity

DRS Rules

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 10: Monitoring VMware Infrastructure Resources

Resource Optimization Concepts

Virtual CPU

Virtual Memory

Monitoring Virtual Machines and Hosts





Monitoring with Alarms

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 11: Backup and High Availability

Backup Scenarios

Virtual Machine Backup Options

Host Backup Options

VMware Consolidated Backup

High Availability

Virtual Machine Failure Monitoring

HA Configuration Prerequisites

Service Console Redundancy

Host Failover Capacity Planning

Host Isolation

Virtual Machine Recovery Priority


Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Chapter 12: Practice Exam 1

Hints and Pointers

Practice Exam 1

Chapter 13: Answers to Practice Exam 1

Answers to Exam Questions

Chapter 14: Practice Exam 2

Hints and Pointers

Practice Exam 2

Chapter 15: Answers to Practice Exam 2

Answers to Exam Questions

Appendix A: Need to Know More?

Appendix B: What's on the CD-ROM


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About Elias Khnaser

Elias Khnaseris an author, speaker, and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware technologies. He has more than 12 years of experience in administration, engineering, and architecture and has written many books and articles on the subjects. Elias has designed and deployed some of the largest Citrix implementations in the world, including 14,000 users with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Elias has also been designing and deploying some of the largest VMware ESX deployments, helping companies consolidate servers and build scalable environments. With the need for DR and BC, Elias has helped numerous companies design, deploy, and test viable DR and BC plans. Elias has been involved in the build-out of numerous data centers, including Rush University; General Growth Properties, the second largest owner and operator of shopping malls in the world; TransMarket group, a Futures Trading firm with offices worldwide; Huron Consulting Group; and many more.

Elias' publications and accomplishments:

VMware Certified Professional Exam Cram by Que Publishing ISBN: 0-7897-3805-8 (June 2008)

VMware VI3: ESX Server 3.5 & Virtual Center 2.5 Training DVD by (April 2008)

"VMware ESX Server 3.0 CBT" by

"Citrix MetaFrame XP CBT" by

Co-author of three published books:

Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 (Exams 223/256) (Exam Cram) by Que Publishing

MCSE Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network: Exam 70-298 Study Guide and DVD Training System by Syngress Publishing

Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1 by Syngress Publishing

Contributing author at:

WindowsITPro Magazine
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