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Mastering vSphere – Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More
Do you regularly work with vSphere? If so, this free eBook is for you. Learn how to leverage best practices for the most popular features contained within the vSphere platform and boost your productivity using tips and tricks learnt direct from an experienced VMware trainer and highly qualified professional. In this eBook, vExpert Ryan Birk shows you how to master: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using Auto-Deploy Shared Storage Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting Host Network configurati

If you’re here to gather some of the best practices surrounding vSphere, you’ve come to the right place! Mastering vSphere: Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More, the free eBook authored by me, Ryan Birk, is the product of many years working with vSphere as well as teaching others in a professional capacity. In my extensive career as a VMware consultant and teacher (I’m a VMware Certified Instructor) I have worked with people of all competence levels and been asked hundreds - if not thousands - of questions on vSphere. I was approached to write this eBook to put that experience to use to help people currently working with vSphere step up their game and reach that next level. As such, this eBook assumes readers already have a basic understanding of vSphere and will cover the best practices for four key aspects of any vSphere environment.

The best practices covered here will focus largely on management and configuration solutions so should remain relevant for quite some time. However, with that said, things are constantly changing in IT, so I would always recommend obtaining the most up-to-date information from VMware KBs and official documentation especially regarding specific versions of tools and software updates. This eBook is divided into several sections, and although I would advise reading the whole eBook as most elements relate to others, you might want to just focus on a certain area you’re having trouble with. If so, jump to the section you want read about.

Before we begin, I want to note that in a VMware environment, it’s always best to try to keep things simple. Far too often I have seen environments be thrown off the tracks by trying to do too much at once. I try to live by the mentality of “keeping your environment boring” – in other words, keeping your host configurations the same, storage configurations the same and network configurations the same. I don’t mean duplicate IP addresses, but the hosts need identical port groups, access to the same storage networks, etc. Consistency is the name of the game and is key to solving unexpected problems down the line. Furthermore, it enables smooth scalability - when you move from a single host configuration to a cluster configuration, having the same configurations will make live migrations and high availability far easier to configure without having to significantly re-work the entire infrastructure. Now the scene has been set, let’s get started!

How to Get the Most Out of Windows Admin Center
Windows Admin Center is the future of Windows and Windows Server management. Are you using it to its full potential? In this free eBook, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Eric Siron, has put together a 70+ page guide on what Windows Admin Center brings to the table, how to get started, and how to squeeze as much value out of this incredible free management tool from Microsoft. This eBook covers: - Installation - Getting Started - Full UI Analysis - Security - Managing Extensions

Each version of Windows and Windows Server showcases new technologies. The advent of PowerShell marked a substantial step forward in managing those features. However, the built-in graphical Windows management tools have largely stagnated - the same basic Microsoft Management Console (MMC) interfaces had remained since Windows Server 2000. Microsoft tried out multiple overhauls over the years to the built-in Server Manager console but gained little traction. Until Windows Admin Center.

WHAT IS WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
Windows Admin Center (WAC) represents a modern turn in Windows and Windows Server system management. From its home page, you establish a list of the networked Windows and Windows Server computers to manage. From there, you can connect to an individual system to control components such as hardware drivers. You can also use it to manage Windows roles, such as Hyper-V.

On the front-end, Windows Admin Center is presented through a sleek HTML 5 web interface. On the back-end, it leverages PowerShell extensively to control the systems within your network. The entire package runs on a single system, so you don’t need a complicated infrastructure to support it. In fact, you can run it locally on your Windows 10 workstation if you want. If you require more resiliency, you can run Windows Admin Center as a role on a Microsoft Failover Cluster.

WHY WOULD I USE WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
In the modern era of Windows management, we have shifted to a greater reliance on industrial-strength tools like PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. However, we still have servers that require individualized attention and infrequently utilized resources. WAC gives you a one-stop hub for dropping in on any system at any time and work with almost any of its facets.

ABOUT THIS EBOOK
This eBook has been written by Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP Eric Siron. Eric has worked in IT since 1998, designing, deploying, and maintaining server, desktop, network, and storage systems. He has provided all levels of support for businesses ranging from single-user through enterprises with thousands of seats. He has achieved numerous Microsoft certifications and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer for four years. Eric is also a seasoned technology blogger and has amassed a significant following through his top-class work on the Altaro Hyper-V Dojo.

Digital Workspace Disasters and How to Beat Them
Desktop DR - the recovery of individual desktop systems from a disaster or system failure - has long been a challenge. Part of the problem is that there are so many desktops, storing so much valuable data and - unlike servers - with so many different end user configurations and too little central control. Imaging everyone would be a huge task, generating huge amounts of backup data.
Desktop DR - the recovery of individual desktop systems from a disaster or system failure - has long been a challenge. Part of the problem is that there are so many desktops, storing so much valuable data and - unlike servers - with so many different end user configurations and too little central control. Imaging everyone would be a huge task, generating huge amounts of backup data. And even if those problems could be overcome with the use of software agents, plus de-deduplication to take common files such as the operating system out of the backup window, restoring damaged systems could still mean days of software reinstallation and reconfiguration. Yet at the same time, most organizations have a strategic need to deploy and provision new desktop systems, and to be able to migrate existing ones to new platforms. Again, these are tasks that benefit from reducing both duplication and the need to reconfigure the resulting installation. The parallels with desktop DR should be clear. We often write about the importance of an integrated approach to investing in backup and recovery. By bringing together business needs that have a shared technical foundation, we can, for example, gain incremental benefits from backup, such as improved data visibility and governance, or we can gain DR capabilities from an investment in systems and data management. So it is with desktop DR and user workspace management. Both of these are growing in importance as organizations’ desktop estates grow more complex. Not only are we adding more ways to work online, such as virtual PCs, more applications, and more layers of middleware, but the resulting systems face more risks and threats and are subject to higher regulatory and legal requirements. Increasingly then, both desktop DR and UWM will be not just valuable, but essential. Getting one as an incremental bonus from the other therefore not only strengthens the business case for that investment proposal, it is a win-win scenario in its own right.
Gartner's 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms
Gartner has named HyperGrid the only visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms (CMP). HyperGrid’s comprehensive and intelligent CMP, HyperCloud, is unique in offering unprecedented visibility, granular control, and streamlined automation of hybrid and multi-cloud environments, powered by a predictive analytics engine with over 400 million benchmarked data points.
Gartner has named HyperGrid the only visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms (CMP). HyperGrid’s comprehensive and intelligent CMP, HyperCloud, is unique in offering unprecedented visibility, granular control, and streamlined automation of hybrid and multi-cloud environments, powered by a predictive analytics engine with over 400 million benchmarked data points.

As enterprises and service providers take on the multiple, high-stakes challenges of migrating to public cloud and managing hybrid cloud environments, these organizations look for ways to simplify the process, rightsize and optimize, accelerate workflows, control and minimize costs, and enforce governance and security.

Designed to meet the current and future challenges of cloud operations, HyperCloud helps organizations ensure cloud success and gain the optimal advantage of transitioning to the public cloud or hybrid cloud model.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platform and Critical Capabilities

We invite you to download this complimentary report, which surveys the marketplace and shares valuable insights on the CMP market. Learn about the critical capabilities of CMP and key strengths that placed HyperGrid in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms.
Compliance Management with HyperCloud Solution Brief
Govern with built-in intelligence, that enables you to proactively manage costs and organizational compliance.
Govern with built-in intelligence, that enables you to proactively manage costs and organizational compliance.

Track and monitor your AWS resources for compliance with HyperCloud’s Compliance & Security dashboard. This dashboard provides granular details on resources in use organization-wide and, the AWS configuration rules that apply. You can monitor these rules real-time – drill down to resources that are not compliant and trace them to the relevant account to resolve compliance issues immediately.

As DevOps launch new services on AWS, monitor and track them real-time to ensure they stay compliant with your organizational policies. Proactively monitor to minimize risks and remediate to always ensure cloud hygiene.
HyperCloud Intelligent Cloud Management Platform At-a-Glance
Cloud usage is on the rise. Whether organizations choose a public, private, or hybrid cloud model, the goal is to bring significant productivity enhancements into organizational processes. These enhancements result in higher efficiency, simplified administration, business agility, and increased cost savings from IT standardization. But adopting or moving to the public cloud comes with challenges that include choosing the right technology, incorporating team resources, and optimizing cost-efficie
Cloud usage is on the rise. Whether organizations choose a public, private, or hybrid cloud model, the goal is to bring significant productivity enhancements into organizational processes. These enhancements result in higher efficiency, simplified administration, business agility, and increased cost savings from IT standardization. But adopting or moving to the public cloud comes with challenges that include choosing the right technology, incorporating team resources, and optimizing cost-efficiency.

Now, HyperCloud™ intelligent cloud-management platform empowers you with machine learning and cloud analytics to accurately plan and efficiently manage your cloud environments. You can adopt a proactive approach to cost management, as well as governance and security—while managing all your cloud environments at scale with a single pane.

Trusted by enterprises, service providers, and government entities, HyperCloud, transforms your infrastructure and applications while accelerating the transition process, and bridging any gaps, giving you unprecedented management control, both on-premises and off.
ESG Report: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise
This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.
ESG research recently uncovered that 66% of organizations view their IT environments as more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago. The complexity will most likely increase, since 46% of organizations anticipate their network infrastructure spending to exceed that of 2018 as they upgrade and expand their networks.

Large enterprise and service provider networks consist of multiple device types—routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers—with proprietary operating systems (OS) and different configuration rules. As organizations support more applications and users, their networks will grow and become more complex, making it more difficult to verify and manage correctly implemented policies across the entire network. Organizations have also begun to integrate public cloud services with their on-premises networks, adding further network complexity to manage end-to-end policies.

With increasing network complexity, organizations cannot easily confirm that their networks are operating as intended when they implement network and security policies. Moreover, when considering a fix to a service-impact issue or a network update, determining how it may impact other applications negatively or introduce service-affecting issues becomes difficult. To assess adherence to policies or the impact of any network change, organizations have typically relied on disparate tools and material—network topology diagrams, device inventories, vendor-dependent management systems, command line (CLI) commands, and utilities such as “ping” and “traceroute.” The combination of these tools cannot provide a reliable and holistic assessment of network behavior efficiently.

Organizations need a vendor-agnostic solution that enables network operations to automate the verification of network implementations against intended policies and requirements, regardless of the number and types of devices, operating systems, traffic rules, and policies that exist. The solution must represent the topology of the entire network or subsets of devices (e.g., in a region) quickly and efficiently. It should verify network implementations from prior points in time, as well as proposed network changes prior to implementation. Finally, the solution must also enable organizations to quickly detect issues that affect application delivery or violate compliance requirements.
Deploying Mission‐Critical Business Workloads on HCI with DataCore Parallel I/O Technology
In this white paper, IDC discusses the hyperconverged infrastructure landscape and assesses how a new breed of solutions such as DataCore's Hyperconverged Virtual SAN are taking HCI beyond light workloads to become a technology fit for enterprise-class workloads. The paper assesses the characteristics and features in DataCore Virtual SAN software that offer the performance, availability, responsiveness, and scale necessary for tier 1 applications.

Hyperconverged holds out the promise of helping consolidate your infrastructure. It can seem like the “easy button” to deploying storage in remote locations or for VDI. But “easy” often comes with tradeoffs—like performance limitations that don’t support enterprise applications.

At DataCore, we believe you should expect more from hyper-converged infrastructure—more performance, more efficiency, and seamless all-in-one management across your hyper-converged devices and your existing enterprise storage.

IDC has taken a look at the limitations of hyper-converged and how you can get more. Read the free IDC report to learn:

  • How companies worldwide have used first-generation hyperconverged solutions, and why
  • How the hyperconverged landscape is changing, with the introduction of a new generation of products
  • How Parallel I/O has changed expectations and removed limitations from hyperconverged
  • How a hyperconverged infrastructure can deliver cost-effective, highly available, and high-performing support for critical tier-one applications
Data Protection Overview and Best Practices
This white paper works through data protection processes and best practices using the Tintri VMstore. Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines. Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and administering a data protection and disaster recovery solution will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them the majority of their management effort an

This white paper works through data protection processes and best practices using the Tintri VMstore. Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines.  In this paper, you’ll:

  • Learn how that greatly increases the precision and efficiency of snapshots for data protection
  • Explore the ability to move between recovery points
  • Analyze the behavior of individual virtual machines
  • Predict the need for additional capacity and performance for data protection

If you’re focused on building a successful data protection solution, this document targets key best practices and known challenges. Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and administering a data protection and disaster recovery solution will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them a great deal of their management effort and greatly reduce operating expense.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices in Storage Management 2019
This analyst report examines the differentiation of Tintri Global Center in storage management, resulting in receiving this award for product leadership in 2019. Businesses need planning tools to help them handle data growth, new workloads, decommissioning old hardware, and more. The Tintri platform provides both the daily management tasks required to streamline storage management, as well as the forward-looking insights to help businesses plan accordingly. Today Tintri technology is different
This analyst report examines the differentiation of Tintri Global Center in storage management, resulting in receiving this award for product leadership in 2019.  Businesses need planning tools to help them handle data growth, new workloads, decommissioning old hardware, and more. The Tintri platform provides both the daily management tasks required to streamline storage management, as well as the forward-looking insights to help businesses plan accordingly.  Today Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines.  Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and managing virtual machines will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them the majority of their management effort and greatly reduce operating expense.
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