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VMware vSphere with Operations Management: Fast Track [V5.1]

Course Details

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere© 5 and effectively using VMware© vCenter? Operations Manager?. This course combines the content of VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage with vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict.

You will explore installing, configuring, and managing vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi? and VMware vCenter Server?, and you will gain skills using vCenter Operations Manager as a forensic and predictive tool.

This course is based on ESXi 5.1, vCenter Server 5.1 and vCenter Operations Manager 5.x.

Course Prerequisites

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Agenda

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage Modules

1. Data Protection

  • Strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently

2. Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces

3. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  • VMware vShield Endpoint™ integration in vSphere

4. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

5. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory use
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Monitor resource use using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

6. VMware vCenter Server

  • vCenter Server architecture
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance™
  • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

7. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • New VMware vSphere High Availability (HA) architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • VMware vSphere Replication

8. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Modify standard virtual switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

9. Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

10. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Deploy and manage VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

11. Patch Management

  • Use Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

12. 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 vApp

13. Installing VMware Components

  • ESXi installation
  • Boot-from-SAN requirements
  • vCenter Server deployment options
  • vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict

1. Working with Capacity Planning and Reports

  • Schedule, use, and export predefined capacity management reports
  • Perform what-if analyses

2. Introduction to VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • Role of operations management in the cloud era
  • vCenter Operations Management Suite and its packaging

3. Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Operations Manager

  • Meet preinstallation requirements
  • Install vCenter Operations Manager
  • Configure vCenter Operations Manager to gather data from its environment

4. Architecture and Concepts

  • Data collection methodology of the vCenter Operations Manager architecture
  • How vCenter Operations Manager collects data
  • Main components of the dashboard view
  • Navigate the objects tree and understand the badge pane

5. VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Update

  • VMware management suite solution and products
  • Key components and capabilities of vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • Main features available in each of the vCenter Operations Management Suite products and editions

6. Working with Dashboards and Badges

  • Functions of major and minor badges
  • Use the Health major badge
  • Use the Risk major badge
  • Use the Efficiency major badge
  • Use the Operations tab to navigate to details

7. VMware vCenter Operations Manager v5.6 Changes

  • Configuration of policies and groups
  • Basic use cases and benefits from using policies and groups
  • Make changes to the vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 configurations
  • Changes to badges, metrics, and reports in version 5.6 of vCenter Operations Manager

8. Analyzing with Heat Maps

  • Work with predefined and custom heat maps through the Analysis tab

9. Integration with Other VMware Products

  • Use cases for the integration of other vCenter Operations Management Suite products
  • Integration with vCenter Operations Manager for group management
  • New dashboard badges in vCenter Operations Manager

10. Working with Smart Alerts

  • Configure and use smart alerts
  • Set up e-mail notifications