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This five-day course will teach you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

Length Days: 5 | Length Hours: 40

Prerequisites

VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v6.5

Target Audience

Experienced system administrators, System engineers, System integrators

Course Objectives

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

· Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise

· Manage changes to the vSphere environment

· Optimize the performance of all vSphere components

· Harden the vSphere environment against security threats

· Use VMware vSphere® Client™, VMware vSphere® Web Client, and VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell to manage vSphere

· Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts

· Use VMware vRealize® Log Insight™ to monitor system logs

· Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ to be highly available and optimized for performance

Course Outline

1 – Course Introduction

· Introductions and course logistics

· Course objectives

· Identify additional resources for after this course

· Identify other VMware Education offerings

2 – Network Scalability

· Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches

· Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

3 – Storage Scalability

· Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness

· Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies

· Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

· Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

4 – Host & Management Scalability

· Explain the uses of VMware vCenter® Converter™

· Define and use content libraries

· Describe and use host profiles

· Describe and use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

5 – CPU Optimization

· Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance

· Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metric

6 – Memory Optimization

· Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted

· Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

7 – Storage Optimization

· Describe factors that affect storage performance

· Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

8 – Network Optimization

· Explain the performance features of network adapters

· Explain the performance features of vSphere networking

· Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

9 – Analyzing vSphere

· Explain how Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability

· Use vRealize Log Insight to identify and troubleshoot issues

10 – vCenter Server Availability & Performance

· Explain the native high availability feature of vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller™

· Configure vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller high availability

· Understand what factors influence vCenter Server performance

11 – vSphere Security

· Configure ESXi host access and authorization

· Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines

· Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management

· Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere® vMotion®

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