VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN

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5 Days Course
Data Center Virtualization

Classroom + Online

Course Details

The five-day intensive VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN hands-on lab training course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and mastering VMware vSphereĀ® 6.0, including VMware ESXiā„¢ 6.0 and VMware vCenterĀ® 6.0. This course combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SANā„¢ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined Data Center. Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.

This course prepares you for the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Professional 6 ā€“ Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)

 

Product Alignment

  • vSphere 6
  • ESXi 6
  • vCenter 6
  • Virtual SAN 6.2

 

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Objectives

By the end of the VMware vSphere plus Virtual SAN course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the VMware vCenter ServerĀ® architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenterĀ® Server Applianceā„¢
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage the vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphereĀ® Clientā„¢ and VMware vSphereĀ® Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphereĀ® VMFS, NFS, and
    VMware vSphereĀ® Virtual Volumesā„¢
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphereĀ® vMotionĀ®
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Storage vMotionĀ® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use VMware vRealizeĀ® Operations Managerā„¢ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphereĀ® High Availability and VMware vSphereĀ® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Replicationā„¢ and VMware vSphereĀ® Data Protectionā„¢ to replicate virtual
    machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Distributed Resource Schedulerā„¢ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Update Managerā„¢ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
  • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture
  • Identify Virtual SAN features and use cases
  • Configure Virtual SAN networking components
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Deploy virtual machines on a Virtual SAN datastore
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies
  • Perform ongoing Virtual SAN management tasks
  • Outline the tasks for upgrading to Virtual SAN 6.2
  • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with ESXi commands and the Ruby vSphere Console
  • Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios
  • Describe Virtual SAN interoperability with vSphere and other products
  • Plan and design a Virtual SAN cluster

Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Identify additional resources
  2. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
    • Overview of ESXi
  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
  4. vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Describe and modify standard switches properties
    • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group
  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI and NFS storage
    • Create and manage VMFS datastores
    • Introduce VMware vSphereĀ® Virtual Volumesā„¢
  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create VMware vSphereĀ® vApp(s)ā„¢
    • Introduce content libraries
  8. Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
  10. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Introduce vSphere Replication
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
  11. Patch Management
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  12. Installing VMware Components
    • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)
  13. Storage Fundamentals
    • Define common storage technologies
    • Identify characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
    • Identify and explain various types of storage architectures
    • Identify SAN performance factors
  14. Introduction to Virtual SAN
    • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture and components
    • Describe the differences between the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
    • Describe the space-efficiency features of Virtual SAN
  15. Virtual SAN Configuration
    • Identify physical network configuration requirements
    • Configure Virtual SAN networking
    • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
    • Test and validate the Virtual SAN configuration and functionality
  16. Virtual SAN Policies and Virtual Machines
    • Explain how storage policies work with Virtual SAN
    • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
    • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
    • Discuss the vsanSparse snapshot format
    • Explain the considerations for vsanSparse snapshots
  17. Managing and Operating Virtual SAN
    • Manage hardware storage devices
    • Manage hardware device failures
    • Identify vCenter Server alarms for Virtual SAN events
    • Configure fault domains
    • Upgrade to Virtual SAN 6.2
  18. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN
    • Use vSphere Web Client to detect issues
    • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with vRealize Operations Manager
    • Use ESXi commands to monitor the Virtual SAN environment
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console and Virtual SAN Observer
  19. Stretched Clusters and Two-node Clusters
    • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
    • Create a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
    • Configure vSphere HA and vSphere DRS for a stretched cluster
    • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios
  20. Interoperability with vSphere Features
    • Identify vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with Virtual SAN
    • Describe how Virtual SAN interoperates with third-party products and solutions
  21. Designing a Virtual SAN Deployment
    • Understand Virtual SAN design considerations
    • Plan and design Virtual SAN clusters
    • Identify the design and sizing tools for Virtual SAN
    • Describe Virtual SAN use cases

Target Audience

Administrators with foundational knowledge of virtualization along with experienced system administrators, systems engineers, and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere and Virtual SAN skills with minimal time away from the office.

Prerequisites

This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course
    orĀ Ā VCA-DCV certification