VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track [V7]

This five-day, accelerated, hands-on training course is a blend of the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale and VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting courses. This Fast Track course includes topics from each of these advanced courses to equip experienced VMware administrators with the knowledge and skills to effectively optimize and troubleshoot vSphere at an expert level.

Course Information

Price: $6,475.00
Duration: 5 days
Certification: VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)
Learning Credits:
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This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7]
  • Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server

Experience in working at the command prompt is highly recommended.


Target Audience:

  • Experienced system administrators
  • System engineers
  • System integrators


Course Objectives:

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

  Introduce troubleshooting principles and procedures

  Use command-line interfaces, log files, and VMware vSphere Client to diagnose and resolve problems

  in the vSphere environment

  Describe the benefits and capabilities of VMware Skyline

  Explain the purpose of key vSphere log files

  Monitor and analyze key performance indicators for compute, storage, and networking resources for

  VMware ESXi hosts

  Optimize the performance in the vSphere environment, including VMware vCenter Server

  Identify networking problems based on reported symptoms, validate, and troubleshoot the reported

  problem, identify the root cause, and implement the appropriate resolution

  Analyze storage failure scenarios using a logical troubleshooting methodology, identify the root cause, and

  apply the appropriate resolution to resolve the problem

  Troubleshoot vSphere cluster failure scenarios and analyze possible causes

  Diagnose common VMware vSphere High Availability problems and provide solutions

  Identify and validate ESXi host and vCenter Server problems, analyze failure scenarios, and select the

  correct resolution

  Troubleshoot virtual machine problems, including migration problems, snapshot problems, and connection


  Troubleshoot performance problems with vSphere components


Attendance of this course meets the training requirement to achieve the following certification:

  VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)


Course Outline:

Course Introduction

  Introductions and course logistics

  Course objectives

Introduction to Troubleshooting

  Define the scope of troubleshooting

  Use a structured approach to solve configuration and operational problems

  Apply a troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

Troubleshooting Tools

  Use command-line tools (such as ESXCLI) to identify and troubleshoot vSphere problems

  Identify important vSphere log files and interpret the log file contents

  Describe the benefits and capabilities of VMware Skyline

  Explain how VMware Skyline works

  Identify uses for Skyline Advisor

Network Optimization

  Explain the performance features of network adapters

  Explain the performance features of vSphere networking

  Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

Troubleshooting Virtual Networking

  Analyze and resolve standard switch and distributed switch problems

  Analyze virtual machine connectivity problems and fix them

  Examine common management network connectivity problems and restore configurations

Storage Optimization

  Describe storage queue types and other factors that affect storage performance

  Discuss vSphere support for NVMe and iSER technologies

  Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

Troubleshooting Storage

  Troubleshoot and resolve storage (iSCSI, NFS, and VMware vSphere©_ VMFS) connectivity and

  configuration problems

  Analyze and resolve common VM snapshot problems

  Identify and resolve multipathing-related problems, including common causes of permanent device loss

  (PDL) and all paths down (APD) event problems

CPU Optimization

  Explain the CPU scheduler operation and other features that affect CPU performance

  Explain NUMA and vNUMA support

  Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics

Memory Optimization

  Explain ballooning, memory compression, transparent page sharing, and host-swapping techniques for

  memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted

  Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

Troubleshooting vSphere Clusters

  Identify and recover from problems related to vSphere HA

  Analyze and resolve VMware vSphere©_ vMotion©_ configuration and operational problems

  Analyze and resolve common VMware vSphere©_ Distributed Resource Scheduler problems

Troubleshooting Virtual Machines

  Identify, analyze, and solve virtual machine snapshot problems

  Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on problems

  Identify possible causes and troubleshoot virtual machine connection-state problems

  Diagnose and recover from VMware Tools installation failures

vCenter Server Performance Optimization

  Describe the factors that influence vCenter Server performance

  Use VMware vCenter©_ Server Appliance tools to monitor resource use

Troubleshooting vCenter Server and ESXi

  Analyze and fix problems with vCenter Server services

  Diagnose and troubleshoot vCenter Server database problems

  Examine ESXi host and vCenter Server failure scenarios and resolve the problems