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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

Course Details

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which comprises VMware ESXi? and VMware vCenter? Server?. This course is based on ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and approximately 60% of class time is devoted to completing 24 hands-on labs. Completion of this course fulfills the prerequisite for the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV).

Course Prerequisites

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of virtual data center concepts comparable to those needed for VCA-DCV certification

Course Agenda

1. Virtualized Data Center

  • Introduce components of the virtualized data center
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Introduce VMware vCenter Single Sign-on
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client

2. Creating Virtual Machines

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

3. VMware vCenter Server

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

4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Deploy and manage VMware Virtual SAN™

6. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere vApp(s)™

7. 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

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

9. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Describe VMware vSphere Replication

10. Scalability

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

11. Patch Management

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

12. Installing VMware Components

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