The examples and scenarios in this publication identify tasks in vSphere and suggest ways to accomplish them.

For instance, for the first-time user who wants to evaluate vCenter Server, vSphere Examples and Scenarios contains Getting Started with ESXi and Getting Started with vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. These sections guide the user through tasks that result in having a virtual machine on an ESXi host, both of which are managed with vCenter Server through the vSphere Web Client.

In a different scenario, someone who wants to see how vSphere can be configured to send email notifications when alarm thresholds are crossed can review Setting an Alarm Action for Datastore Usage on a Disk. Other scenarios deal with networking, virtual machine deployment, and so on.

Scenarios should be performed in the order that they appear in the book. For example, you must install ESXi before you continue to vCenter Server installation and configuration.

Flowcharts in the beginning of each scenario illustrate the sequence of steps you must perform in order to accomplish the scenario's objective. There are multiple approaches to accomplish a goal in vSphere, and the flowcharts might visually represent an alternative way to accomplish the same goal. Typically, you will follow the workflow represented by the steps in the vertical sequence.

Everyone's environment and policy set is different. VMware recommends that you first experiment with the procedures presented in vSphere Examples and Scenarios on test instances in your datacenter.

Each scenario assumes that you have completed the previous one and followed the steps to build an environment with specific configuration details.

This document is not for troubleshooting. For problems that you might be experiencing, see vSphere Troubleshooting.