VMware VSphere Install, Configure, Manage (V6.5)

VMware | Storage and Data Center

About This Course

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, you must have the following experience:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware 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 vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web 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, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere High Availability 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

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 SoftwareDefined 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: vCenter Server
  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Backup 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: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load balancing policies
  • Contrast and 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
Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
  • Introduce 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 VMFS 6.5
  • Introduce Virtual SAN
  • Describe guest file encryption
Module 7: 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 12
  • 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
  • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Introduce 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
Module 9: vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • 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 Virtual SAN
  • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
Module 10: Host Scalability
  • 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 proactive vSphere DRS
  • Highlight 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
Module 11: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
  • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
  • 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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