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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v6.5]

Overview

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Configure standard switch policies
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel and VMware Virtual SAN™
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones and snapshots
  • Create, clone and export a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster architecture
  • Configure vSphere HA
  • Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines and vCenter Server operations

Audience

  • System Administrators
  • System Engineer

This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • VMware certification system
  • VMware Education Learning Zone benefits
  • Additional resources

Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Physical data center topology
  • vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Virtual machines files and components
  • Virtual machines benefits
  • Physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • ESXi
  • vCenter Server
  • Software-defined data center
  • Private, public and hybrid clouds

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware and virtual machine files
  • Virtual machine files
  • Virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Virtual machine CPU, memory, disk and network resource usage
  • VMware Tools™
  • PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access and NVMe
  • Virtual machines and templates
  • Virtual machine disk format

Module 4: vCenter Server

  • vCenter Server architecture
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • vSphere Web Client
  • vCenter Server backup
  • vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • vSphere HA architectures and features
  • vSphere authentication proxy
  • vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • vSphere clients

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Standard switches
  • virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Virtual switch connection types
  • TCP/IP stack architecture
  • VLANs with standard switches

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols and storage device types
  • ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • VMFS and NFS datastores
  • VMFS 6.5 features
  • Virtual SAN
  • Guest file encryption

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Deploy new virtual machines using templates and cloning
  • Virtual machines modification and management
  • Virtual machine cloning
  • Virtual machine hardware upgrade to version 12
  • vCenter Server inventory and datastore removal from virtual machines
  • New virtual machine customization
  • vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create, clone and export vApps
  • Content libraries

Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • Resource pools configuration and management
  • Optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Monitoring tools
  • Alarms
  • Resource pools
  • Set reservations, limits and shares
  • Expandable reservations
  • Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Create, clone and export vApps
  • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

Module 9: vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • vSphere HA architecture
  • vSphere HA cluster configuration and management
  • vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
  • Infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Virtual machines
    • vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines consolidation
  • vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

Module 10: Host Scalability

  • vSphere DRS cluster functions and benefits
  • vSphere DRS cluster configuration and management
  • Affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • vSphere DRS capabilities
  • vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • CPU or memory changes preemptive actions
  • vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy capabilities
  • vSphere HA and vSphere DRS business continuity

Module 11: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • vSphere Update Manager architecture, components and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
  • vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in installation
  • Patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts
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