Once the components are deployed and validated, you must ensure that the deployment is operating at an optimal level. Tuning is the process of adjusting the configuration to improve performance. Note that this initial tuning process does not include rules writing or related maintenance: software does not require this type of maintenance.

This process can only be performed after all components are installed and validated to avoid inaccurate tuning.

The process of tuning an deployment is covered in Chapter 12, “Tuning Your Deployment to Improve Performance.” Normally, this phase is initially performed by either VMware Professional Services or a partner and the knowledge is transferred to the purchasing organization’s staff. As the network grows and changes, the organization’s staff will take on the task of tuning the deployment to deal with the network changes. If the network changes are extensive, the original design might no longer be sufficient and redesigning the deployment might be required.