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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

Course Details

In this course, you'll learn how to configure and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi? 5.5 and VMware© vCenter Server? 5.5.

Course Prerequisites

The courses below or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server. Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

Course Agenda

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. VMware Management Resources

  • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
  • Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
  • Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

3. Performance in a Virtualized Environment

  • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
  • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

4. Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  • Explain distributed switch features such as PVLANs, VMware vSphere© Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, and NetFlow

5. Network Optimization

  • Explain the performance features of network adapters
  • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  • Monitor key network performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
  • Troubleshoot common network performance problems

6. Storage Scalability

  • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Configure profile-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control

7. Storage Optimization

  • Diagnose storage access problems
  • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Explain vSphere Flash Read Cache
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

8. CPU Optimization

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

9. Memory Optimization

  • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

10. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization

  • Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere High Availability admission control policies
  • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
  • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

11. Host and Management Scalability

  • Explain VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management
  • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI to perform vSphere administrative tasks
  • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image