Tips for maximizing the performance of a VMware vSphere 4.0 deployment are presented in Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0 at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere4.0.png http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere4.0.png. The performance tips are organized into four categories:
Hardware storage, networking, and BIOS considerations and best practices
ESX CPU, memory, storage, and networking considerations and best practices
Guest OS CPU, storage, and networking considerations and best practices
Resource management considerations and best practices
The performance tips for resource management are implemented through a vSphere Client that is attached to a VMware vCenter Server. The vCenter Server manages VMs, their guest OSs, and their hosts, and enables and controls features such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, vNetwork Distributed Switch, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), High Availability (HA), and Fault Tolerance (FT).
The guidelines in this section are based on the performance tips in the Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0 document.