VMware vSphere Bootcamp [V6.0] (H0DR1S)

Overview

VMware vSphere®: Bootcamp is an intensive combination of our best-selling vSphere courses. This course is a hands-on training course delivered in two parts across five days of extended hours. Part one focuses on installing, configuring, and managing vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0. Part two builds advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

Objectives

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

Part 1

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™ 
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host 
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches 
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage  
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage 
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere™ Update Manager™ to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

Part 2

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
Intended Audience                     
  • Experienced system administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • System integrators
Prerequisites                  
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification
Outline
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  1. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
    • Overview of ESXi
  1. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Create and work with virtual machines
  1. vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Install and use vSphere Web Client
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  1. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Describe and modify standard switch properties
    • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
    • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  1. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
    • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
    • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™
  1. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Create a vApp
    • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
  1. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
    • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  1. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  1. Host Scalability
    • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
  1. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update 
      Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Use host profiles to 
      manage ESXi configuration compliance
    • Scan and remediate hosts

 

  1. VMware Management Resources
    • Understand the purpose of VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface commands
    • Discuss options for running vSphere CLI commands
    • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
    • Use vmware-cmd for virtual machine operations
  1. vSphere Security
    • Configure ESXi host access and authentication
    • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
  1. 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
  1. Network Scalability
    • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
  1. Network Performance Troubleshooting
    • 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
  1. Storage Scalability
    • Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VMware vSphere® API for Storage AwarenessTM
    • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
    • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  1. Storage Optimization
    • Diagnose storage access problems
    • Configure VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
    • Monitor key storage performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
  1. CPU Performance
    • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
    • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
  1. Memory Performance
    • Monitor key memory performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
  1. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
    • Describe guidelines for optimizing virtual machine configuration
    • Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance
    • Troubleshoot common vSphere cluster problems
  1. Host and Management Scalability
    • Describe and use host profiles
    • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
    • Use Virtual Machine Converter
    • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

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