VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v6.7

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(Course eligible for SATVs)

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This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Product Alignment
•  ESXi 6.7
•  vCenter Server 6.7

•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives
•  Describe the content of the course
•  Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
•  Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
•  Identify additional resources

•  Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
•  Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
•  Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host
•  Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions
•  Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3
•  Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning
•  Install and configure ESXi host settings
•  Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot

•  Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine
•  Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
•  Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

•  Describe the vCenter Server architecture
•  Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
•  Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance
•  Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
•  Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
•  Create custom inventory tags
•  Describe the rules for applying permissions
•  Create a custom role in vCenter Server
•  Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule
•  Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup
•  Monitor vCenter Server Appliance

•  Describe, create, and manage standard switches
•  Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
•  Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
•  Describe the virtual switch connection types
•  Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
•  Use VLANs with standard switches

•  Identify storage protocols and storage device types
•  Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
•  Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores
•  Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
•  Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™

•  Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
•  Modify and manage virtual machines
•  Create an instant clone of a virtual machine
•  Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
•  Add a hot-pluggable device
•  Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
•  Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
•  Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
•  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

•  Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
•  Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
•  Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage
•  Configure and manage resource pools
•  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
•  Use various tools to monitor resource usage
•  Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

•  Explain the vSphere HA architecture
•  Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
•  Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
•  Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
•  Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance
•  Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
•  Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
•  Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication

•  Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
•  Create a vSphere DRS cluster
•  View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
•  Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules
•  Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

•  Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager
•  Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration
•  Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

•  Apply a troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency
•  Review troubleshooting tools
•  Find important log files
•  Use vSphere Syslog Collector

  • System Administrators
  • System Engineers

This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Describe the software-defined data center
•  Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
•  Add ESXi hosts to a VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ instance
•  Manage vCenter Server Appliance
•  Use a local content library as an ISO store, and deploy a virtual machine
•  Describe vCenter Server architecture
•  Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
•  Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware Host Client™ and VMware vSphere® Client™
•  Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
•  Configure standard switch policies
•  Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, iSCSI, and
   RDM
•  Examine the features and functions of Fibre Channel and VMware vSAN™ 
•  Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
•  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Migrate virtual machine storage with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
•  Monitor resource usage, and manage resource pools
•  Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability (vSphere HA) cluster architecture
•  Configure vSphere HA
•  Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
•  Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual
   machines and perform data recovery
•  Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
•  Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi
   hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
•  Identify troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

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