VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions Administrator’s and User’s Guide

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Purpose

This guide tells system administrators and developers how to install Big Data Extensions within a VMware vSphere environment, and how to manage and monitor Hadoop and HBase clusters using the Big Data Extensions plug-in for vSphere Web Client. It is expected (and stated) that readers should already be familiar with VMware® vSphere®, and with Hadoop and HBase deployment and operation.

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My initial source material was a Word document authored by the development team, for whom English is a second language. As such, it took a tremendous amount of effort to bring it up to professional technical writing standards (and to the high quality that VMware docs are known for), and to convert it to topic-based, DITA content. At the same time, the product was evolving from its open source roots (project Serengeti) to a supported commercial offering. This document continues to be available on the VMware site, along with updates for newer versions of the software.

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