Course Duration:

2 Days

Overview:

This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5 and VMware ESXi™ 5.5. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5.
Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.5 courses. Go to http://www.vmware.com/education for advanced course options.
Objectives: By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.5 and be able to do the meet the following

Objectives:

• List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5
• Describe the upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
• Use VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™ and the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage the vSphere platform
• Understand how VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™ works
• Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
• Create a port mirroring session
• Configure virtual machine storage policies
• Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
• Monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
• Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision an ESXi host

Intended Audience:

• System administrators
• IT managers
• System architects
• People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

Prerequisites:

Attendance at one of these VMware
vSphere 4 courses:
• Install, Configure, Manage
• Fast Track
• What’s New
Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

Outline:

1. Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
• vSphere 5 documentation resources
2. Introducing VMware vSphere 5.5
• Describe key enhancements in ESXi and vCenter Server
• Describe the upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
• Use vCenter Server Appliance to manage the vSphere platform
• Use the vSphere Web Client to search for objects and view object information
• Use vCenter Single Sign-On to add users and assign roles
3 Virtual Machine Management
• Describe virtual machine hardware features introduced in vSphere 5.x
• Describe virtual machine enhancements introduced in vSphere 5.5
4 Network Management
• Describe new features of distributed switches, including network rollback, exporting, importing, and restoring a distributed switch configuration, traffic filtering and marking policy, NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, Link Layer Discover Protocol, Single Root I/O Virtualization, and health check
• Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control
• Configure and test port mirroring
5 Storage Management
• Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, virtual machine storage policies, VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™, and VMware® Virtual SAN™
• Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®, solid-state drive support, and VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Array Integration
• Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
• Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage policies
6 Scalability
• Describe vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
• Create a datastore cluster
• Configure vSphere Storage DRS
7 Availability
• Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere® Data Protection™
• Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere® Replication
• Describe the enhancements to vSphere HA
• Monitor vSphere HA cluster activity
8 VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives
• Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to create and export an image profile
• Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision an ESXi host