VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7]

Level: Foundation

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

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  • Official VMWare curriculum

You Will Learn How To:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Add ESXi hosts to a VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ instance
  • Manage 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 Host Client™ and VMware vSphere® 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, iSCSI, and RDM
  • Examine the features and functions of Fibre Channel and VMware vSAN™
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Migrate virtual machine storage with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Monitor resource usage, and manage resource pools
  • 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
  • Identify troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

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Important Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Outline

  • Course Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Describe the content of the course
    • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
    • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
    • Identify additional resources
  • Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

    • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
    • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
    • Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host
    • Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions
    • Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3
    • Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning
    • Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot
  • Creating Virtual Machines

    • Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine
    • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
    • Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template
    • Manage VMware Tools
    • Explain troubleshooting OS installation and VMware Tools
  • vCenter Server

    • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
    • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
    • Identify the vCenter Server services, components, and modules
    • Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
    • Describe the rules for applying permissions
    • Create a custom role in vCenter Server
    • Create a backup schedule
    • Restore vCenter Server Appliance from backup
    • Monitor vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
    • 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
  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

    • Identify storage protocols and storage device types
    • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores
    • Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5
    • Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™
    • Describe guest file encryption
  • 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 14
    • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
    • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
  • Resource Management and Monitoring

    • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
    • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
    • Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage
    • 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
  • vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
    • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
    • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
    • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
    • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication
  • vSphere DRS

    • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Create a vSphere DRS cluster
    • View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules
    • Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster
  • vSphere Update Manager

    • Describe the new architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
    • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration
    • Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  • vSphere Troubleshooting

    • Define the scope of troubleshooting
    • Use a structured approach to solve configuration and operational problems
    • Identify troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

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