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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage On Demand

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Overview

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere© 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server© 6.7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Target Audience

System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Add ESXi hosts to a VMware vCenter Server Appliance instance
  • Manage 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 Host Client and VMware vSphere 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, iSCSI, and RDM
  • Examine the features and functions of Fibre Channel and VMware vSAN
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Migrate virtual machine storage with VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Monitor resource usage, and manage resource pools
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere High Availability (vSphere HA) 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
  • Identify troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

Full Course Outline

1. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere©_ VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN

2. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create an instant clone of a virtual machine
  • Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
  • Add a hot-pluggable device
  • Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

3. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
  • Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

4. vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machine

5. vSphere DRS

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster
  • View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules
  • Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

6. vSphere Update Manager

  • Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
  • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration
  • Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

7. vSphere Troubleshooting

  • Apply a troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency
  • Review troubleshooting tools
  • Find important log files
  • Use vSphere Syslog Collector
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