VMware vSphere: Fast Track 6.0
This five-day course features intensive, hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. 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. The material is presented in the Fast Track format.
System administrators. System engineers
This course requires the following prerequisites: System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
- Describe the software-defined data center.
- Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure.
- Deploy an ESXi host.
- Deploy VMware 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® WebClient.
- Troubleshoot vSphere environments with VMware vSphere® Management Assistant and command-line commands.
- Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches.
- Configure standard switch policies.
- Troubleshoot virtual networks.
- 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.
- Create, clone, and deploy a vApp.
- Describe and use the content library.
- Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®.
- Troubleshoot virtual machines.
- Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage.
- Troubleshoot vSphere storage.
- Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools.
- Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues.
- Troubleshoot ESXi hosts and vCenter Server.
- Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster architecture.
- Configure vSphere HA. Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance.
- Troubleshoot vSphere HA.
Module 1: Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
• Describe the content of this course
• Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
• Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
• Identify additional resources
Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
• Describe the topology of a physical data center
• Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
• Define the files and components of virtual machines
• Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
• Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
• Define the purpose of ESXi
• Define the purpose of vCenter Server
• Explain the software-defined data center
• Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds
Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines
• Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
• Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
• Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
• Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
• Explain the importance of VMware Tools
• Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
• Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
• Identify the virtual machine disk format
Module 4: vCenter Server
• Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
• Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
• Use vSphere Web Client
• Backup and restore vCenter Server
• Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
• Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
• Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
• Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
• Access and navigate the new vSphere clients
Module 5: Troubleshooting vSphere
• Use command-line commands with vSphere
• Use vSphere Management Assistant
• Describe the troubleshooting methodology for vSphere
• Identify the location of vSphere log files
Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
• Describe, create, and manage standard switches
• Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
• Compare and contrast vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
• Describe the virtual switch connection types
• Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
• Use VLANs with standard switches
• Troubleshoot networks
Module 7: 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 VMFS and NFS datastores
• Describe the new features of VMFS6.5
• Describe guest file encryption
• Describe storage connectivity and configuration
• Describe storage multipathing
• Discuss the use of vSAN and VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes
Module 8: 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 13
• Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
• Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
• 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
Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring
• Explain virtual CPU and memory concepts
• Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
• Describe virtual machine over commitment and resource competition
• 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
• Describe and deploy resource pools
• Set reservations, limits, and shares
• Describe expandable reservations
• Schedule changes to resource settings
• Create, clone, and export vApps
• Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance
• Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi hosts
Module 10: 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
• Define cluster wide restart ordering capabilities
• Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
• Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
• Introduce 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
• Introduce vSphere Replication
• Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
• Troubleshoot vSphere HA
Module 11: vSphere DRS
• Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
• Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
• Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
• Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and Predictive DRS
• Describe the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager
• Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
• Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy capabilities
• Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
• Troubleshoot vSphere DRS
Module 12: vSphere Update Manager
• Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
• 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
• Scan and remediate hosts