VMWare vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [v8.10]

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(Course eligible for SATVs)

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In this five-day course, you will focus on designing, installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director® 8.10 for service providers. You will learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks as well as the integrated use of VMware Virtual SAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.

Product Alignment• vCloud Director 8.10• Virtual SAN 6.2• NSX 6.2

Lessons

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Lessons

  • Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Describe vSphere
  • Describe NSX
  • Describe Virtual SAN

Lessons

  • Cloud computing overview
  • Characteristics of cloud services
  • Categories of cloud computing
  • VMware offering to enable cloud-based services
  • Cloud deployment environments
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ network program overview
  • Describe vCloud Director in relation to service provider or managed services environments

Lessons

  • vCloud Director architecture
  • Review vCloud Director components and explain their functions
  • Examine integration with other VMware products, such as VMware vRealize® Business for Cloud, VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™, NSX, and Virtual SAN
  • vCloud Director terms: vApp and catalog
  • vCloud Director terms: organization and virtual data center
  • Network concepts
  • vCloud Director supported storage

Lessons

  • Identify storage resources for vCloud Director
  • Configure and manage storage for providers
  • Examine provider space allocation to an organization
  • Manage storage requirements for linked clones and shadow virtual machines
  • Describe the use cases for Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™, and legacy storage

Lessons

  • Create and manage organizations
  • Organization virtual data center allocation models
  • Recognize resource allocations for an organization
  • Create and manage catalogs
  • Manage vApps and vApp templates

Lessons

  • Describe the basic NSX components in relation to vCloud Director
  • Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, org, vApp)
  • Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices
  • Examine the function of network pools
  • Explain how to share content between organizations and vApps
  • Describe options to connect a private cloud to a public cloud
  • Review options for external connectivity with VPN

Lessons

  • Describe role-based access
  • Create custom security roles
  • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
  • Describe single sign-on
  • Enable a SAML identity provider
  • Describe two-factor authentication

Lessons

  • Identify how vSphere fulfills vCloud Director requests
  • Manage provider and organization virtual data centers

Lessons

  • Manage VMware vCenter Server® instances
  • Manage VMware ESXi™ hosts
  • Manage vSphere datastores
  • Manage stranded items
  • Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level

Lessons

  • Monitor usage information at provider and organization virtual data centers
  • Analyze vCloud Director logs to mirror vCloud Director cells
  • Monitor vCloud Director environments with vRealize Operations Manager and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™
  • Leverage vRealize Business for cost management

Lessons

  • Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director
  • Use of REST API in VMware vRealize Orchestrator
  • Describe access to vCloud Director using VMware vSphere PowerCLI
  • Create and update metadata on objects

Lessons

  • vCloud Director setup overview
  • vCloud Director hardware and software requirements
  • vCloud Director supported platforms
  • Network configuration prerequisites
  • Install and configure the vCloud Director database
  • Configure an Oracle database and a Microsoft SQL Server database
  • Create SSL certificates
  • Configure VMware NSX® Manager™ for a new vCloud Director installation
  • Install and configure an AMQP broker
  • Download and install the VMware public key
  • vRealize Business integration with vCloud Director

Lessons

  • vCloud Director upgrade overview
  • Upgrade prerequisites
  • NSX requirements
  • Additional information
  • Best practice for upgrades

Cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in a service provider or managed services environment

This course requires completion of the following course:

• VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] or equivalent knowledge

This course recommends completion of the following e-learning courses:

• VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals [V8.10]

• VMware Virtual SAN: Fundamentals [V6.2]

• VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Design a vCloud Director environment
  • Deploy vCloud Director
  • Manage vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs
  • Configure Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere® storage to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual data centers
  • Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs
  • Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs
  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from vSphere into and out of vCloud Director
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX
  • Use NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between a public cloud and a private cloud
  • Create an interface between vCloud Director and Microsoft Active Directory servers

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