Deploying VMware® vSphere

Course 171 | 4 Days

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Deploying VMware vSphere

You Will Learn How To:

  • Deploy and configure a virtual infrastructure with VMware vSphere
  • Allocate networking and storage resources
  • Create Direct Attached Storage and Storage Area Network
  • Leverage vCenter Server for a secure and efficient IT environment
  • Dynamically allocate cluster-based resources
  • Improve availability by implementing vMotion, High Availability (HA)
Participants testing ESXi server failover with High Availability.

Hands-On Experience Includes:

  • Creating virtual switches and managing switch policies
  • Installing and configuring ESXi 5.1
  • Managing ESXi Hosts directly as well as through vCenter
  • Deploying virtual machines with the vSphere Client
  • Moving a live VM using vMotion
  • Installing and configuring a command line capability

About This Course: Virtualizing the infrastructure offers tremendous opportunity to reduce total cost of ownership and improve disaster recovery. However, implementing an optimal configuration requires a thorough knowledge of the technology along with practical experience. This course prepares you to manage a vSphere-based enterprise environment using the vCenter Server 5 and ESXi 5 Server.


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  • Course Info

    Course 171 Content

    Enterprise Virtualization Concepts

    • Virtualizing physical hardware
    • Mapping a physical data center topology to a virtual one
    • Sharing storage resources

    Installing and Configuring ESXi Server

    First steps

    • Walking through the installation steps
    • Working with the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)

    Leveraging vCenter Server 5.1

    • vCenter vs. Direct Connection for management
    • Applying additional vCenter management objects

    Configuring Network Resources

    Defining vSphere network terminology

    • Utilizing physical network resources
    • Establishing ports and port groups

    Designing virtual switches

    • Engineering a virtual switch layout
    • Combining physical network cards for automatic failover

    Establishing policies

    • Implementing network policies for security
    • Shaping network traffic
    • Teaming network cards

    Accessing Shared Storage

    Creating and managing a data store

    • VMkernel access to LUNs
    • Multipathing
    • Setting up a Network File System (NFS) data store
    • Comparing ESXi Server data store options

    Enabling Fibre Channel storage

    • Controlling access to the shared storage
    • Making Fibre Channel LUNs available

    Completing iSCSI setups

    • Identifying the components of iSCSI
    • Authenticating the ESXi Server with CHAP

    Initiating VMFS data stores

    • Creating a VMFS
    • Extending a VMFS

    Managing via VirtualCenter

    Installing the vCenter components

    • vCenter vs. vSphere Client
    • vSphere license keys
    • Maintaining and adding an ESXi Server to the inventory

    vCenter and multiple data centers

    • Grouping data centers in folders
    • Combining hosts into a cluster

    Working with Virtual Machines

    Creating virtual machines

    • Creating a base virtual machine image
    • Enabling multiple CPUs with Virtual SMP

    Customizing advanced VM features

    • Improving performance with VMware Tools
    • Provisioning new VMs with templates and clones

    Managing VMs

    • Moving VMs between ESXi Servers
    • Preserving VM states with snapshots

    Securing Access to the Infrastructure

    Setting up security

    • Authoring vCenter permissions
    • Establishing permission inheritance

    Initiating web access controls

    • Providing end-user access to VMs
    • Managing VMs from the web

    Extending Resource Management

    Handling resource pools

    • Allocating CPU and memory resources
    • Defining Shares, Reservations and Limits

    vSphere enterprise features

    • Adding hosts to a High Availability (HA) cluster
    • Moving a powered-on VM with vMotion
    • Balancing resources with Distributed Resource Scheduler

    Who Should Attend

    System administrators, data center infrastructure architects and systems engineers and operators, as well as those interested in implementing ESXi 5.1 and/or vCenter Server 5.1. Experience with system administration of Windows or Linux and networking knowledge are assumed.

    Training Hours

    Standard class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Free optional course exam:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Each class day:
    Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • More Course Info

    What is this course about?

    In this course, you gain the skills to virtualize your organization's infrastructure. Through extensive hands-on exercises, you learn how to deploy and configure a highly available virtual infrastructure with VMware vSphere including vCenter Server and VMware ESXi Server.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    This course is valuable for anyone interested in implementing ESXi Server and/or vCenter, including:

    • IT infrastructure architects
    • System administrators
    • System engineers
    • Datacenter operators

    What background do I need?

    Experience with Windows or Linux system administration and networking knowledge is assumed. For example, you should know how to:

    • Create and administer users, groups and shared network resources
    • Configure networking resources, such as routers, switches and firewalls
    • Specify hardware requirements for server operating systems and applications running on those servers
    • Remotely access and administer computers in a network environment

    How is this course different from Course 170?

    Course 170, Virtualization Technologies Introduction, is not product specific and covers the concepts of virtualization in general, including the basics of ESXi. Course 171 focuses on the suite of products included in VMware vSphere, their installation, deployment, configuration and optimization.

    Why should my organization implement VMware vSphere?

    VMware vSphere is a powerful suite of software tools that enable organizations to optimize and manage IT environments through virtualization. The main components of vSphere are ESXi Server, Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) and vCenter Server.

    VMware vSphere, when effectively deployed, can:

    • Increase hardware utilization and reduce hardware costs
    • Reduce the physical space required for your datacenter
    • Decrease the power and cooling requirements of your datacenter
    • Reduce labor costs by simplifying and automating IT operations
    • Increase application availability to the datacenter customers
    • Improve the responsiveness to business needs with instant provisioning and dynamic optimization of applications and environments

    Does this course help me prepare for VMware Professional Certification?

    No, this course does not prepare you for the VMware Professional Certification and instead focuses on the practical and vendor-independent implementation of VMware vSphere. While this course does cover a significant amount of content required to become a VMware Certified Professional, it is not a VMware authorized course.

    What version of VMware is used in this course?

    This course uses VMware vSphere 5.1, which is a suite of products and includes:

    • ESXi Server, version 5.1
    • vCenter Server, version 5.1
    • VMware Consolidated Backup

    Which operating systems are used in the course?

    Several operating systems are used in this course. The foundation is ESXi 5.1 Server. You will also learn to deploy virtual machines with various guest operating systems, such as Windows 2003-2008/ and Linux.

    How much time is spent on each topic?

    Content Hours
    Enterprise virtualization concepts 3.0
    Installing and configuring vSphere components 3.0
    Configuring network resources 2.0
    Accessing shared storage 2.0
    Managing via vCenter 3.0
    Working with virtual machines 4.0
    Securing access to the infrastructure 2.0
    Using VMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler and High Availability 4.0

    Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.

    How much of this course is hands-on?

    Approximately 50 percent of this course is spent in hands-on exercises which provide experience designing and deploying a vSphere-based virtual infrastructure. Exercises include:

    • Designing and implementing virtual switch plans and policies
    • Installing and configuring ESXi and the vCenter Server
    • Creating and cloning Virtual Machines from the vSphere Client
    • Moving a live VM using VMotion
    • Converting virtual machines to templates
    • Creating and managing resource pools

    How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?

    The following courses may be of interest:

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"With the VMware skills I learned, I was able to modify our existing environment with advanced features such as fault tolerance. Now, hardware failures no longer shut down our environment. This has saved my company time and money in reduced downtime."

– B. Pearman
Advanced Engineer I
General Dynamics AIS