This training course focuses on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware® Virtual SAN™ 5.5. This course looks at how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware® software-defined data center (SDDC). Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs. The course is based on the VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 Update 1 and the VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5 Update 1.


  •   Define the key components of a software-defined data center
  •   Identify benefits of software-defined storage solutions
  •   Compare and contrast disk types and storage technologies
  •   Explain file, block, and object-oriented storage
  •   Identify Virtual SAN requirements, use cases, and architecture components
  •   Plan and design a Virtual SAN deployment
  •   Configure Virtual SAN clusters
  •   Identify benefits of storage policy-based management
  •   Scale a Virtual SAN deployment based on storage needs
  •   Monitor Virtual SAN
  •   Troubleshoot Virtual SAN
  •   Identify the integration of Virtual SAN with the VMware product portfolio



Intended Audience:

Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with Virtual SAN

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Course outline
  • Identify benefits of the software-defined data center

Storage Fundamentals Overview

  • Define common storage terminology
  • Identify common SAN architectures
  • Identify characteristics of hard-disk drives and solid-state disk drives
  • Explain file, block, and object-oriented storage architectures
  • Contrast local, centralized, and distributed storage architectures


  • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture
  • Describe Virtual SAN objects and components
  • Identify Virtual SAN capabilities
  • Identify Virtual SAN use cases
  • Identify the Virtual SAN network interconnect

Configuring Networks and Clusters

  • Configure a Virtual SAN network
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster

Storage Policy-Based Management

  • Define the purpose of virtual machine storage policies
  • Apply virtual machine storage policies
  • Deploy virtual machines to Virtual SAN
  • Modify virtual machine storage policies

Managing and Monitoring

  • Scale a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Identify failure scenarios and responses
  • Manage Virtual SAN with the VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)
  • Manage Virtual SAN with RVC
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with Virtual SAN Observer

Designing and Planning

  • Plan Virtual SAN cluster sizing
  • Design a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Identify Virtual SAN interoperability options

Duration : 2 Days

  • Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere®: Install, Configure, Manage course



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