VMware vSphere v6.5: Install, Configure & Manage

Introduction

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

 

Audience

This course is intended for System administrators, Systems engineers and Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, participant should have system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. They should also have a good understanding of virtual data center concepts comparable to those needed for VCA-DCV certification.

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
 
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance
  • Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
  • Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
  • Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
  • Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Manage access control using vCenter Server
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability, VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere Data Protection using vCenter Server
  • Apply patches using VMware vCenter Update Manager

Exams

VMware Certified Professional 6.5: Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)

Course outline

Module 1: Course Introduction
 
  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives
  • Lesson 3: Describe the content of this course
  • Lesson 4: Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Lesson 5: Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Lesson 6: Identify additional resources

Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
 
  • Lesson 1: Describe the topology of a physical data center
  • Lesson 2: Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Define the files and components of virtual machines
  • Lesson 4: Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
  • Lesson 5: Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • Lesson 6: Define the purpose of ESXi
  • Lesson 7: Define the purpose of vCenter Server
  • Lesson 8 : Explain the software-defined data center
  • Lesson 9 : Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines
 
  • Lesson 1: Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Lesson 2: Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
  • Lesson 3: Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Lesson 4: Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Lesson 5: Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
  • Lesson 6: Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
  • Lesson 7: Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Lesson 8: Identify the virtual machine disk format

Module 4: vCenter Server
 
  • Lesson 1: Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Lesson 2: Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere Web Client
  • Lesson 4: Back up and restore vCenter Server
  • Lesson 5: Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • Lesson 6: Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
  • Lesson 7: Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
  • Lesson 8: Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Lesson 9: Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
 
  • Lesson 1: Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Lesson 2: Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Lesson 3: Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Lesson 4: Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Lesson 5: Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Lesson 6: Use VLANs with standard switches

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
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  • Lesson 1: Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
  • Lesson 2: Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Lesson 3: Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Lesson 4: Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5
  • Lesson 5: Introduce vSAN
  • Lesson 6: Describe guest file encryption

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management
 
  • Lesson 1: Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Lesson 2: Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Clone a virtual machine
  • Lesson 4: Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
  • Lesson 5: Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
  • Lesson 6: Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Lesson 7: Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Lesson 8: Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Lesson 9: Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Lesson 10: Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring
 
  • Lesson 1: Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Lesson 2: Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Lesson 3: Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • Lesson 4: Configure and manage resource pools
  • Lesson 5: Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Lesson 6: Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Lesson 7: Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Lesson 8: Describe and deploy resource pools
  • Lesson 9: Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Lesson 10: Describe expandable reservations
  • Lesson 11: Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Lesson 12: Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Lesson 13: Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

Module 9: vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data
 
  • Lesson 1: Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Lesson 4: Define clusterwide restart order0ing capabilities
  • Lesson 5: Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Lesson 6: Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Lesson 7: Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Lesson 8: Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Lesson 9: Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
  • Lesson 10: Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Lesson 11: Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Lesson 12: Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

Module 10: vSphere DRS
 
  • Lesson 1: Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 3: Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Lesson 4: Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
  • Lesson 5: Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • Lesson 6: Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • Lesson 7: Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI, and VMware Lesson 8: vSphere® Auto Deploy capabilities
  • Lesson 9: Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

Module 11: vSphere Update Manager
 
  • Lesson 1: Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Lesson 2: Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine, and vApp patching
  • Lesson 3: Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Lesson 4: Create patch baselines
  • Lesson 5: Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Lesson 6: Scan and remediate hosts