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Description

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.

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Learning Objectives

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware® virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use policy-driven storage and VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware® vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts

Audience

Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office

Prerequisites

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification 

Course Outline

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Using the VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configuring VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware® Virtual SAN™ datastores

Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication

Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches,network connections, and port groups
  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

Host Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

Storage Scalability

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  • Explain policy-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure Storage DRS 

Patch Management

  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts 

VMware Management Resources

  • Describe vSphere Management Assistant
  • Configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

Installing VMware Components

  • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

Host and Management Scalability

  • Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
  • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
  • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLIto create an ESXi installation image
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host 

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