The Manage a Cluster module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Add an ESXi Host to a domain
  • Verify that the host is added to the domain
  • Create a host profile
  • Add a host to a cluster
  • Apply permissions to ESXi Hosts using Host Profiles

Exercise 1 - Create and Configure a Cluster

A cluster is a group of interconnected servers that communicate with each other and work together to ensure the availability of service to the customer. In a virtual environment, a cluster is the interconnection of VMware/ESX Server hosts and relevant virtual machines. The interconnected machines share their resources in the form a shared cluster resource pool. In addition, these machines share the management interface; and can be managed from the same vCenter management server on the domain. Clustering the virtual machines eliminates the need to install and maintain dedicated standby hardware and software in a virtualized environment.

To create a cluster of the VMware hosts, you need to add various host onto a domain and then configure these hosts to provide similar services. In this exercise, you will add ESXi hosts to the domain and then onto a cluster. You will then use the host profiles to configure the servers.

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