This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.1. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.1 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.1. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

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  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use profile-driven storage and VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware® vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

Intended Audience:

Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office

Course Introduction

  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives

Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  •   Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  •   Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  •   Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  •   Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  •   Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Creating Virtual Machines

  •   Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  •   Deploy a single virtual machine

VMware vCenter Server

  •   Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  •   Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  •   Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  •   Describe and modify standard switch properties
  •   Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  •   Introduce storage protocols and device names
  •   Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  •   Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  •   Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance

Virtual Machine Management

  •   Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  •   Modify and manage virtual machines
  •   Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  •   Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  •   Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

 Access and Authentication Control

  •   Control user access through roles and permissions
  •   Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  •   Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  •   Introduce VMware® vShield™ products

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

 High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  •   Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  •   Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  •   Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
  •   Enable FT on a virtual machine

 Host Scalability

  •   Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  •   Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  •   Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  •   Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
  •   Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™

Network Scalability

  •   Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  •   Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

Storage Scalability

  •   Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  •   Explain profile-driven storage
  •   Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  •   Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  •   Create a datastore cluster
  •   Configure Storage DRS

Data Protection

  •   Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  •   Introduce VMware vSphere® Data Protection™
  •   Discuss solutions for efficiently backing up virtual machines

Patch Management

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

VMware vSphere Management Assistant

  •   Describe vMA
  •   Configure vMA
  •   Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
  •   Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

 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)
  •   Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  •   Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  •   Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  •   Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to deploy a stateless ESXi host

Duration : 5 days

•  Willingness to participate in a demanding, high-intensity training experience
•  Comfort with system administration using command-line interfaces
•  Have a basic understanding of virtualization concepts



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