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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.

Length Days: 5 | Length Hours: 40

Target Audience

System Administrators and System Engineers

Course Objectives

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

· Describe the software-defined data center

· Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure

· Deploy an ESXi host

· Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™

· Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine

· Describe vCenter Server architecture

· Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host

· Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client

· Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches

· Configure standard switch policies

· Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN™

· Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots

· Create, clone, and export 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 esxtop to identify and solve performance issues

· Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster architecture

· Configure vSphere HA

· Manage vSphere HA 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 VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

Course 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 yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone

· Identify additional resources

2 – Introduction to vSphere & the 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 & Managing Virtual Networks

· Describe, create, and manage standard switches

· Configure virtual switch security and loadbalancing policies

· Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

· Describe the virtual switch connection types

· Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture

· Use VLANs with standard switches

6 – Configuring & Managing Virtual Storage

· Introduce storage protocols and storage device types

· Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

· Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores

· Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5

· Introduce Virtual SAN

· Describe guest file encryption

7 – Virtual Machine Management

· Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

· Modify and manage virtual machines

· Clone a virtual machine

· Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12

· Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore

· Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files

· Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

· Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

· Create, clone, and export vApps

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

8 – Resource Management & Monitoring

· Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts

· Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques

· Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition

· Configure and manage resource pools

· Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

· Use various tools to monitor resource usage

· Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

· Describe and deploy resource pools

· Set reservations, limits, and shares

· Describe expandable reservations

· Schedule changes to resource settings

· Create, clone, and export vApps

· Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

9 – vSphere HA & vSphere Fault Tolerance

· Explain the vSphere HA architecture

· Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

· Use vSphere HA advanced parameters

· Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities

· Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover

· Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats

· Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance

· Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines

· Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN

· Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines

· Introduce vSphere Replication

· Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

10 – Host Scalability

· Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster

· Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster

· Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules

· Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS

· Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™

· Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes

· Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy capabilities

· Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

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