Paper: VMware ESXi 5.0 Operations Guide

VMware has released the VMware ESXi 5.0 Operations Guide. The guide which contains 29 pages explains the architecture of ESXi and describes how various management tasks are performed in it. It can be used to plan a migration to the ESXi architecture and help to improve day-to-day operations.

The paper covers the following topics:

  • Architecture, covering the removal of the Console Operating System (COS) and management agents for which the functionality is now exposed via APIs in the architecture.


  • Management, covering:
    • Automation
    • Installation Destination
    • ESXi Scratch Partition
    • Deployment
    • Hardware Monitoring
    • Firmware Upgrades
    • Systems Management and Backup
    • Patching and Updating
    • Image Builder
    • User Authentication
    • Logging
    • ESXi Shell
    • Local Access and Lockdow mode
    • ESXi Firewall/ESXi Firewall CLI
    • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Summary, covering tasks traditionaly performed in the service console and their functional equivalents in ESXi
  • ESXi Edition, covering available features in the vSphere Hypervisor and the Enterprise edition of ESXi
  • References

Thanks to Eric Sloof for providing the news