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VMware vCenter Configuration Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [v5.7]

Course Details

In this course, you will learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.7. The course is built on VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the user interface, manage compliance, and perform administrative and configuration tasks against your infrastructure.

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 on Microsoft Windows, UNIX, and Linux,  Operating Systems

Course Agenda

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Describe the VMware vCenter™ Operations Management Suite
  • Describe vCenter Operations Manager integration with vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Describe the architecture and main components of vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Describe how vCenter Configuration Manager can be used to manage configuration, compliance, and change management
  • Describe the CARMA methodology

3. Using the vCenter Configuration Manager User Interface

  • Describe the parts of the vCenter Configuration Manager interface
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager toolbar
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager machine group selector
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager data grid toolbar
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager data grid or summary report
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager navigation sliders

4. Managing Windows Machines

  • Verify domains and network authority
  • Run the discovery process
  • License machines and install vCenter Configuration Manager agents
  • Manage Windows data in the lower console
  • Create and modify Windows machine groups

5. Managing UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X Machines

  • Configure the installation delegate machine
  • Discover UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X machines
  • Manually add UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X machines
  • License and install the agent
  • Collect data from UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X machines
  • Manage UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X data in the lower console
  • Create and modify UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X machine groups
6. Managing the Virtual Environment
  • Configure the managing agent machine
  • Add and configure vCenter Server systems in vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Collect data from vCenter Server systems
  • Manage vCenter Server system and ESXi host data in the upper console
  • Add and configure VMware vCloud© Networking and Security App systems in vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Collect data from vCloud Networking and Security App systems
  • Manage vCloud Networking and Security App system data
  • Use the virtual environment dashboards and change log

7. Managing Active Directory

  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager for AD
  • Collect AD data
  • Examine AD data

8. Managing Compliance

  • Describe the compliance process and components
  • Use compliance templates
  • Use the Compliance Content wizard
  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager rule groups
  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager rules
  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager filters
  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager exceptions
  • Configure vCenter Configuration Manager machine group compliance templates
  • Resolve noncompliance
  • Manage compliance alerts
  • Run AD compliance

9. Patch Management

  • Describe the Windows patch assessment and deployment process
  • Complete manual patching of Windows machines
  • Configure event-driven automatic patching
  • Configure scheduled automatic patching
  • Describe the Linux and UNIX patch assessment and deployment process

10. Creating Custom Reports

  • Describe as-is reports
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager report wizard
  • Report scheduling

11. Managing vCenter Configuration Manager Security Roles

  • Describe VCM security roles
  • Configure VCM access for AD users and groups

12. Customizing and Managing vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Create custom collection filters
  • Describe administration settings that affect vCenter Configuration Manager performance
  • Describe and use the Import

13. Installing vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Describe single-tier, two-tier, and three-tier installations.
  • Describe vCenter Configuration Manager installation prerequisites
  • Describe the difference between the vCenter Configuration
  • Manage typical installation and the vCenter Configuration
  • Manage advanced installation