VMware 7.x Fast Track

VMware 7.x Fast Track

 

Audience:

  • System administrators
  • System engineers

Prerequisites:

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Duration:

5 days

Objectives:

This course is designed to cover material from the install, configure and manage course in more depth, but also additional material in not covered in the standard VMware 7.x Install, Configure and Manage course.  We have also invested in very high performance servers with SSD arrays, 10GB infrastructure etc. These servers allow us to add extra practical not usually covered, as such it is a very full 5 days of material. 

This course is designed to cover material from the install, configure and manage course in more depth, but also additional material in not covered in the standard VMware 7.x Install, Configure and Manage course.  We have also invested in very high performance servers with SSD arrays, 10GB infrastructure etc. These servers allow us to add extra practical not usually covered, as such it is a very full 5 days of material. 

  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere
  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, manage and detail the advantages and disadvantages of snapshots
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Manage and plan virtual machine resource use
  • Describe vApps
  • Create and manage resource pools, and discuss their implications
  • Monitor resource usage and critical parameters to proactively maintain an ESXi environment
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machine 

Course Content:             

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

 

2 Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Explain basic virtualization concepts
  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
  • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
  • Describe the ESXi host architecture
  • Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host
  • Recognize ESXi host user account best practices
  • Install and configure an ESXi host
  • Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings

 

3  Virtual Machines

  • Create and provision a virtual machine
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
  • Install VMware Tools
  • Identify the files that make up a VM
  • Recognize the components of a VM
  • Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM
  • Describe the benefits and use cases for containers
  • Identify the parts of a container system
  • Exporting a virtual Machine to an OVF
  • Deploying a virtual machine from an OVF

 

4  vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
  • Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance
  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health
  • Use VMware vCenter Server® High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

 

5  Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping, and load-balancing policies
  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure vSwitch load balancing / Resilience algorithms
  • Describe vSwitch security options
  • Configure Jumbo frames
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Detail and configure the features of VMKernel gateways

 

6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Detail Raw device mapping
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VASA
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration
  • Detail mulitpathing failover options
  • Common datastore problems
  • Recovering lost Luns

 

7  Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Describe the Enhanced vMotion Compatibility feature
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™
  • Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Data Protection

 

8  Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
  • Describe what over commitment of a resource means
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource use
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

 

9  vSphere Clusters

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration
  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Create, configure and Manage vSphere Fault tolerance

 

10  vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
  • Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines
  • Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image
  • Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware

 

 

 

 

 

 

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