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Practices

 

We provide a full complement of VMware project and support services including:

 

Design

 
  • Gathering requirements
  • Proof-of-Concept
  • Virtual network layout
  • Physical network changes (if applicable)
  • Shared storage requirements
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware vCenter plug-ins
  • VMware vCenter database (MS-SQL or Oracle)
  • VMware ESX/ESXi
  • License appropriate vSphere edition
  • Design for purchased features: High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vMotion, Storage vMotion, vNetwork Distributed Switch, Host Profiles, etc.
  • Server consolidation plan (if applicable)—includes physical-to-virtual (P2V) migrations
  • Virtual server build process (using VM templates)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) design with VMware View (if applicable)
  • VMware vCenter layout (structure and roles/permissions)
  • Architecture diagram
 
 

Delivery

 
  • Create detailed installation and configuration documentation for hardware and software platforms
  • Install and configure physical hosts running VMware ESX/ESXi in a secure manner
  • Attach hosts to shared SAN storage
  • Install and configure VMware vCenter Server (including associated database/database server)
  • Integration with existing Microsoft Active Directory for authentication
  • Install and configure any applicable VMware vCenter plug-ins (such as VMware Update Manager)
  • Configure virtual networks
  • Configure any purchased VMware vSphere features (e.g. HA, DRS, Host Profiles, etc.)
  • Install and configure VMware View for VDI environment (if applicable)
  • Assist with building VM templates if needed
  • Customize VMware vCenter roles and permissions based on client requirements
  • Providing end user support and training
  • Patching ESX/ESXi using VMware Update Manager
  • Using VMware Converter for server consolidation (P2Vs)
  • Day-to-day support of overall environment (adding datastores, migrating VMs, performing hardware maintenance on hosts, adding virtual networks, etc.)
  • Creating/Deleting VMs
  • Utilizing built-in VMware vCenter alarms for monitoring the environment
  • Managing resource capacity (physical CPU, memory, disk, network, etc.)
 
 

Upgrades and Migrations

 
  • VMware vCenter upgrades (“update” releases as well as from previous versions)
  • VMware VI3 to vSphere 4 upgrade path
  • Physical hardware upgrades
  • Operating System upgrades (for vCenter Server)
 
 

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

 
  • Work performed by VMware Certified Professionals on vSphere 4 (VCP4)
  • Consultants have been working with VMware products since ESX 2.0
  • VMware Hosting Provider Partner
  • Consultants actively participate in VMware user group meetings to stay abreast of the latest VMware-related technology and news.
 

 

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