At this training, which is designed for 5 days, students learn process of implementing and maintaining fault-tolerant and scalable virtual infrastructures, even if they did not have any experience with VMware vSphere before. The training covers the following important topics: the setting up ESXi hosts, the process of creating virtual machines and implementing vCenter Server, virtual networks structure, virtual storage systems, fault tolerance and scaling mechanisms. In addition, students will gain experience with VMware Host Client ™, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vSphere® Client ™ and VMware vSphere® Update Manager ™.
During the laboratory works students will improve their skills in implementing and supporting scalable virtual infrastructures using VMware ESXi ™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7.
This training will be useful to system engineers, system administrators, architects of cloud infrastructures, data center engineers and technicians interested in passing VMware Certified Professional 6.5 certification - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV).
Expected students’ skills and knowledge
To complete this training, it is recommended to have an experience in administrating Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems and to have a basic knowledge of the principles of virtualization.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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™.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.