Course Duration

5 Days

Overview:

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course is based on versions of ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.
Students who complete this course can enroll in several more advanced vSphere courses. For advanced course options, go to http://www.vmware.com/education.

Objectives:

By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.5 functions and features and be able to meet the following objectives:
• Deploy an ESXi host
• Deploy a vCenter Server instance
• Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
• Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
• Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
• Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
• Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
• Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
• Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
• Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client and VMware vSphere® Client™
• Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
• Manage access control using vCenter Server
• Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
• Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ using vCenter Server
• Apply patches using VMware vSphere®Update Manager™

Intended Audience:

• System administrators
• Systems engineers
• Operators of ESXi and vCenter Server

Prerequisites:

• 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.

Outline:

1 Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
2 Virtualized Data Center
• Introduce components of the virtualized data center
• Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
• Install and use vSphere Client
3 Creating Virtual Machines
• Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
• Deploy a single virtual machine
4 VMware vCenter Server
• Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
• Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
• Install and use vSphere Web Client
• Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
• Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
• Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
• Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
• Describe and modify standard switch properties
• Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
• Introduce storage protocols and device names
• Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
• Create and manage vSphere datastores
• Deploy and manage VMware® Virtual SAN™
7 Virtual Machine Management
• Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
• Modify and manage virtual machines
• Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
• Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
• Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
8 Access and Authentication Control
• Control user access through roles and permissions
• Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
• Configure ESXi lockdown mode
• Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
9 Resource Management and Monitoring
• Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
• Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
• Configure and manage resource pools
• Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
10 High Availability and Fault Tolerance
• Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
• Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
• Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
• Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
11 Scalability
• Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
• Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
• Use vSphere HA and DRS together
12 Patch Management
• Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
• Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
• Create patch baselines
• Scan and remediate hosts
13 Installing VMware Components
• Introduce ESXi installation
• Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
• Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
• Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
• Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)