vSphere Best Practices – links repository

During  preparation VCAP5-DCD preparation I gather a lot of interesting documents with best practices for vSphere 5, vSphere 4 and common for both version. I thought would be useful to put them into one place and share with the community.


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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Gabi

    Thank you for the best practices repository, I have been following your website for a while now and it’s all incredibly informative.

    I am still unable to find a reasonable document of where it should you what considerations should be taken when going from a physical flat network to a virtual network, do you have any available?

    What I mean is, all documentation online shows you best practices for new networks, but I cannot find much on how to move to a virtualised network from a flat network and what considerations need to be taken?

    Hope this makes sense,

    Thanks again,


    • Hi Gabi,

      Thank you very much, I’m glad that someone found it useful.
      I know what you mean I couldn’t find either but it’s a quite wide topic there are a lot of dependencies between hypervisor hardware, physical network, security policy and requirements, how many security zones you have, current IO load on network (if you planning move your physical servers to vSphere)and so on.
      Everything depends what are you planning to do and I think might be hard to find out general rules.
      From my experience the topics which are common for all projects are:
      – collect security requirements
      – get current network design
      – if it is a P2V project than collect network performance historical data from physical hosts