Datacenter Administration Guide describes how to start and stop the VMware® vSphere Client components, build your vSphere environment, monitor and manage the information generated about the components, and set up roles and permissions for users and groups using the vSphere environment.

In addition, this manual provides brief introductions to the various tasks you can perform within the system as well as cross-references to the documentation that describes all the tasks in detail.

Datacenter Administration Guide covers ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server.

The information presented is for system administrators who are experienced Windows or Linux system administrators and who are familiar with virtual machine technology and datacenter operations.

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs.

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The vSphere documentation consists of the combined VMware vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi documentation set.

The figures in this manual use the abbreviations listed in Abbreviations.

Abbreviations

Abbreviation

Description

database

vCenter Server database

datastore

Storage for the managed host

dsk#

Storage disk for the managed host

hostn

vCenter Server managed hosts

SAN

Storage area network type datastore shared between managed hosts

tmplt

Template

user#

User with access permissions

VC

vCenter Server

VM#

Virtual machines on a managed host

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