Our friends at VMware Press have provided our readers a free chapter from The Official VCP5 Certification Guide by Bill Ferguson.
CHAPTER 1: Planning, Installing, Configuring, and Upgrading vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
Your vCenter Server and ESXi hosts offer a tremendous number of features and utilities, but to get the most from them you will need to install of them properly. In this chapter, I will focus on the proper installation of these important components. You will learn the methods that you should use to secure your system during and after installation. In addition, I will cover your options with regard to your new system, including creating an internal cloud and/or connecting to public clouds. Whether you are considering installing from scratch or upgrading, you will benefit from the information contained in this chapter.