In recent years, new technical content has primarily focused on the latest technologies such as Kubernetes, Terraform, serverless, and the latest public cloud services. Yet millions of VMware installations are here to stay, supporting the hybrid cloud strategy adopted by large enterprises.

Verified Market Research forecasts that the global hybrid cloud market will grow 22.8% annually to reach $283B by 2027. Many have chosen a hybrid cloud strategy due to security and compliance reasons, while some are migrating infrastructure back to data centers to save money.

The global hybrid cloud market will grow at 22.8% through 2027. Source.

Meanwhile, every month hundreds of thousands of searches are typed in Google by VMware administrators seeking answers to configuration challenges ranging from network settings and upgrades to automation, load balancing, and high availability.


We have devoted this VMware administration guide to the most commonly asked questions and commissioned senior practitioners to share their practical knowledge gained over the years to help new administrators solve everyday configuration challenges.

Chapter 1: VMware NSX

Learn VMware NSX topology, components, licensing, best practices, and configuration.

Chapter 2: VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)

Understand VMware DRS functionality, requirements, best practices, and setup.

Chapter 3: VMware High Availability (HA)

Master the VMware HA functionality, best practices, and failure response configuration options.

Chapter 4: VMware Storage

Explore every type of VMware storage including spinning disk, solid stage, flash, NVMe and hybrid.

Chapter 5: VMware Load Balancing

Explore the architecture, configuration, and best practices for VMware load balancing.

Chapter 6: VMware RDM

Understand the VMware RDM (Raw Device Mapping) advantages, disadvantages, and options.

Chapter 7: VMware Tanzu

Understand Tanzu’s architecture, benefits, versions, and best practices.

Chapter 8: VMware Snapshot Best Practices

Learn the best practices for managing VMware snapshots via examples.

Chapter 9: VMware Thin Provisioning

Learn thin provisioning and compare it to thick provisioning options.

Chapter 10: VMware vSAN

Learn about VMware’s vSAN support and follow instructions for configuring it.

Chapter 11: vRealize Automation

Appreciate vRealize Automation’s history, configuration, and release versions.

More chapters are coming soon!