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Datacenter Virtualization
VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]
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This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.
At the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere® High Availability and vSphere® Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use prolicy-driven storage and VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware® vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts
  • Solution architects
  • System Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • vSphere Administrators
  • Storage Administrators
  • System administrators
  • VCP Candidates
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating system
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification
Lesson 1: Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
Lesson 2: Software-Defined Data Center
  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings
Lesson 3: Creating Virtual Machines
  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine
Lesson 4: VMware vCenter Server
  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Using the VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configuring VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
Lesson 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group
Lesson 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware® Virtual SAN™ datastores
Lesson 7: Virtual Machine Management
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
Lesson 8: Access and Authentication Control
  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
Lesson 9: Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
Lesson 10: High Availability and Fault Tolerance
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
Lesson 11: Network Scalability
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring
Lesson 12: Host Scalability
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
Lesson 13: Storage Scalability
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  • Explain policy-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure Storage DRS
Lesson 14: 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
Lesson 15: VMware Management Resources
  • Describe vSphere Management Assistant
  • Configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring
Lesson 16: Installing VMware Components
  • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)
Lesson 17: Host and Management Scalability
  • Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
  • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
  • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLIto create an ESXi installation image
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
Hands-on Labs
Lab 1: Install VMware vSphere Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
Lab 2: Configure VMware ESXi
Lab 3: Work with Virtual Machines
Lab 4: Use VMware vCenter Server
Lab 5: Standard Virtual Switches
Lab 6: Access ISCSI Storage
Lab 7: Access IP Storage
Lab 8: Manage VMware vSphere VMFS
Lab 9: Use Templates and Clones
Lab 10: Modify a Virtual Machine
Lab 11: Migrate Virtual Machines
Lab 12: Manage Virtual Machines
Lab 13: Manage vApps
Lab 14: Access Control
Lab 15: Resource Pools
Lab 16: Monitor Virtual Machine Performance
Lab 17: Use Alarms
Lab 18: Use vSphere High Availability (HA)
Lab 19: Configure VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
Lab 20: vSphere Distributed Switches
Lab 21: Port Mirroring
Lab 22: vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler
Lab 23: Work with Host Profiles
Lab 24: Profile-Driven Storage
Lab 25: Manage Datastore Clusters
Lab 26: VMware vSphere Update Manager
Lab 27: Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)
Lab 28: Using Image Builder
Lab 29: Configure VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System
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