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VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure and OS Management [V5.x]

Course Details

In this hands-on course, you will build your skills with VMware© vCenter Configuration Manager?. You will gain the knowledge and skills to install and configure vCenter Configuration Manager, navigate the user interface, manage compliance, and perform administrative and configuration tasks against your physical and virtual infrastructure. You will learn how to manage Active Directory (AD), create and use compliance templates, use vCenter Configuration Manager for patching, deploy operating systems and Windows software applications, and use vCenter Configuration Manager tools to download, import, and export compliance templates, and view and collect debug information.

Course Prerequisites

  • Experience in performing basic administration tasks on VMware ESXi™ hosts, VMware vCenter Server™, VMware vCloud Director©, VMware vShield™, and virtual machines
  • System administration experience in a Windows, Linux, or Solaris environment

Course Agenda

1. vCenter Configuration Manager Overview

2. Configuration, Compliance, and Change Management

  • vCenter Configuration Manager and its position in the VMware management solution set
  • Common challenges customers face in IT configuration, compliance, and change management
  • Features of vCenter Configuration Manager and how they benefit IT departments managing configuration, compliance, and change

3. Components and Processes

  • System architecture
  • CARMA concept
  • Database
  • Collector
  • Processes

4. Configuration for Virtual Infrastructure Systems

  • Using vCenter Configuration Manager user interface components
  • Configuring management agents
  • Adding and configuring settings for vCenter Server, vCloud Director, and vShield systems
  • Licensing vSphere systems
  • Collecting data from vSphere systems
  • Managing certificates
  • Setting up an alternative managing agent machine

5. Basic Administration and Machines Manager

  • Managing UNIX/Linux machines
  • Working with ignored machines and machine snapshots
  • Working with machine collection status and the machine collection log
  • Working with machine groups

6. Using the Upper Console

  • Viewing dashboards
  • Viewing and managing alerts
  • Using change management in the virtual infrastructure
  • Using the Virtual Infrastructure node

7. Using the Upper Console on Physical and Guest OS Machines

  • Dashboards
  • Change management (for physical or guest operating system)
  • Windows and UNIX remote commands
  • Enterprise applications

8. Using the Lower Console on Physical and Guest OS Machines

  • OS node and subnodes
  • Security node and subnodes
  • Directory services node and subnodes

9. VMware vSphere System Compliance Management

  • Compliance analysis
  • Creating a rule group
  • Creating a rule group filter
  • Creating a rule group compliance condition
  • Creating and run a compliance template

10. Active Directory (AD) Management

  • Configuring vCenter Configuration Manager for AD collections
  • Collecting and analyzing AD data
  • Working with AD compliance

11. Working with Reports

  • vSphere system-related reports available in vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Generating custom reports with the Report wizard
  • Managing reports

12. Basic Settings and Configuration

  • Working with general settings
  • Configuring settings for integration with vCenter Operations Manager and the vCenter Configuration Manager plug-in in VMware vSphere Client™ Configure virtualization settings

13. Basic Settings and Configuration for Physical and Guest OS Machines

  • General settings
  • Asset extension settings
  • Configuring UNIX settings
  • Configuring AD settings
  • Configuring Windows settings
  • Configuring with vCenter Configuration Manager for AD
  • Configuring for network authorities

14. Creating Collection Filters

  • Collection filters
  • Creating collection filters
  • Creating collection filter sets and collection filter set groups

15. User and Role Management

  • Accessing vCenter Configuration Manager controlled by access rules and roles
  • Creating access rules and use them in a role
  • Managing access rules and roles
  • Adding and managing vCenter Configuration Manager logins

16. Job Management

  • Function of Job Manager
  • Viewing a running job
  • Adding a job
  • Scheduling a job
  • Editing a job

17. Alert Management

  • Adding an alert rule
  • Entering alert configuration

18. Patching for Physical and Guest OS Machines

  • vCenter Configuration Manager patching process
  • Accessing patching requirements for a machine group
  • Patching Windows machines
  • Patching to UNIX/Linux machines

19. Operating System Provisioning

  • Collection filters
  • Creating collection filters
  • Creating collection filter sets and collection filter set groups

20. Software Provisioning

  • Software provisioning components and their relationship to one another
  • Building software packages with Package Studio
  • Configuring a software repository
  • Configuring Package Manager
  • Creating a software package and provision it with vCenter Configuration Manager

21. Using the Content Wizard

  • Content wizard
  • Importing and using imported templates

22. Using the Import/Export Utility

  • Import/export utility
  • Where to use the import/export utility

23. Using the Debug Event Viewer

  • Debug Event Viewer
  • Filtering events

24. Installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Prerequisites
  • Architecture (single-tier or multitier)
  • Installation
  • Meeting pre-installation requirements
  • Installing vCenter Operations Manager
  • Configuring vCenter Configuration Manager to gather data from its environment