Overview:

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.

Note: This course is based on beta software.

Objectives:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create 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 VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability 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 vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

Intended Audience:

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers

Prerequisites:

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

Outline:

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 yourselfwith the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Identify additional resources

2. 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

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

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

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
  • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Create a vApp
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management

9. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

10. Host Scalability

  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

11. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

12. Installing VMware Components

  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance