VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage plus VMware vSAN: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.6]

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(Course eligible for SATVs)

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In this five-day course, you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware vSAN™ 6.6. You will learn how vSAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. You will gain practical experience with vSAN concepts and troubleshooting methodology and diagnostic tools through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Define common storage technologies
  • Identify characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
  • Identify and explain various types of storage architectures
  • Identify SAN performance factors
  • Describe the vSAn architecture and components
  • Describe the differences between the vSAn hybrid and all-flash architectures
  • Describe the space-efficiency features of vSAN
  • Identify physical network configuration requirements
  • Configure vSAN networking
  • Configure a vSAN cluster
  • Test and validate the vSAN configuration and functionality
  • Explain how storage policies work with vSAN
  • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
  • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
  • Discuss the vsanSparse snapshot format
  • Explain the considerations for vsanSparse snapshots
  • Manage hardware storage devices
  • Manage hardware device failures
  • Identify vCenter Server alarms for vSAN events
  • Configure fault domains
  • Upgrade to vSAN 6.6
  • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
  • Create a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
  • Configure VMware vSphere High availability and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler for a stretched cluster
  • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios
  • Use vSphere Web Client to detect problems
  • Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance
  • Monitor vSAN with VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Use ESXi commands to monitor the vSAN environment
  • Monitor vSAn with Ruby vSphere Console
  • Identify vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with vSAN
  • Describe how vSAN interoperates with third-party products and solutions
  • Understand vSAN design considerations
  • Plan and design vSAN clusters
  • Identify the design and sizing tools for vSAN
  • Describe vSAN use cases
  • Describe the software components
  • Understand how the components relate to each other
  • Understand vSAN object placement
  • Understand the differences between object states
  • Explain how storage policies affect object placement and states
  • Predict how specific failure affect object states
  • Characterize problems
  • Determine the cause of problems
  • Solve problems
  • Understand the use of various troubleshooting tools
  • Use the tools provided to resolve problems with the lab environment

Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with vSAN

This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:

  • Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course
  • Experience working at the command line is helpful

The course material presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course: 

  • Use VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Create and modify a standard switch
  • Connect a VMware ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
  • Create a VMware vSphere VMFS datastore
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere Storage vMotion

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives: 

  • Describe the vSAN architecture
  • Identify vSAN features and use cases
  • Configure vSAN networking components
  • Configure a vSAN cluster
  • Deploy virtual machines on a vSAN datastore
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies
  • Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks
  • Outline the tasks for upgrading to vSAN 6.6
  • Configure vSAN encryption
  • Control vSAN resynchronisation tasks
  • Create and manage nested fault domains
  • Use the vSAN health services to monitor health and performance 
  • Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios
  • Describe vSAN interoperability with VMware vSphere features and other products
  • Plan and design a vSAN cluster
  • Use diagnostic and troubleshooting tools to resolve vSAN deployment and architectural issues

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