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This course will give you a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size

Length Days: 5 | Length Hours: 40


· 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

Target Audience

· System administrators

· Systems engineers

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following 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


Course Outline

1 – Course Introduction

· Introductions and course logistics

· Course objectives

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

· Create and work with virtual machines

4 – vCenter Server

· ? Introduce the vCenter Server architecture

· Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance

· Install and use vSphere Web Client

· Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

· Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

5 – Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

· Describe, create, and manage standard switches

· Describe and modify standard switch properties

· Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

· Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

6 – Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

· Introduce storage protocols and storage device names

· Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

· Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores

· Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™

7 – Virtual Machine Management

· Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines

· Modify and manage virtual machines

· Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

· Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

· Create a vApp

· Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

8 – Resource Management and Monitoring

· Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts

· Configure and manage resource pools

· Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

· Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

· Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

· Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management

9 – 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

10 – Host Scalability

· Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster

· Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster

· Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules

· Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

11 – vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

· Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching

· Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in

· Create patch baselines

· Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance

· Scan and remediate hosts

12 – Installing VMware Components

· Introduce ESXi installation

· Describe boot-from-SAN requirements

· Introduce vCenter Server deployment options

· Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements

· Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance

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