VMware vSphere: Fast Track (v6.7)

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 6.7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7

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Course Detail:

1. Course Introduction

• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
• Describe the content of this course
• Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
• Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
• Identify additional resources

2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

• Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
• Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
• Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host
• Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions
• Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3
• Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning
• Install and configure ESXi host settings
• Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot


3. Creating Virtual Machines

• Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine
• Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
• Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

4. vCenter Server

• Describe the vCenter Server architecture
• Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
• Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance
• Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
• Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
• Create custom inventory tags 
• Describe the rules for applying permissions
• Create a custom role in vCenter Server
• Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule
• Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup
• Monitor vCenter Server Appliance

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

• Describe, create, and manage standard switches
• Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
• Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
• Describe the virtual switch connection types 
• Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
• Use VLANs with standard switches


6. 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™

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 machines
• Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
• Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
• Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication

10. 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

11. Network Scalability

• Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
• Explain distributed features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
• Configuring port mirroring on a distributed switch

12. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

• 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
• Describe and use host profiles

13. Storage Scalability

• Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering
• Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
• Configure vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control

14. Securing Virtual Machines

• Set up encryption in your vSphere environment
• Encrypt virtual machines
• Encrypt core dumps
• Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
• Describe support for virtual machine security features, such as UEFI secure boot, vTPM, and virtualization-based security

 

Audience:

• System administrators
• System engineers

Pre-Requisite:

This course has 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
  • Describe the content of this course
  • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Identify additional resources

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

  • Describe the topology of a physical data center
  • Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Define the files and components of virtual machines
  • Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
  • Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • Define the purpose of ESXi
  • Define the purpose of vCenter Server
  • Explain the software-defined data center
  • Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
  • Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools
  • Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
  • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Identify the virtual machine disk format

Module 4: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Back up and restore vCenter Server
  • Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
  • Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

Module 5: Troubleshooting vSphere

  • Use command-line commands with vSphere
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant
  • Describe the troubleshooting methodology for vSphere
  • Identify the location of vSphere log files

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load balancing policies
  • Compare and contrast vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Use VLANs with standard switches
  • Troubleshoot networks

Module 7: 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 VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Describe the new features of VMFS6.5
  • Describe guest file encryption
  • Describe storage connectivity and configuration
  • Describe storage multipathing
  • Discuss the use of vSAN and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes

Module 8: Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Clone a virtual machine
  • Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 13
  • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
  • Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Explain virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • 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
  • Describe and deploy resource pools
  • Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Describe expandable reservations
  • Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance
  • Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi hosts

Module 10: 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
  • Define cluster wide restart ordering capabilities
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
  • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
  • Troubleshoot vSphere HA

Module 11: vSphere DRS

  • Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and Predictive DRS
  • Describe the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere Auto Deploy capabilities
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
  • Troubleshoot vSphere DRS

Module 12: vSphere Update Manager

  • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts


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