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VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management

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VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management


This hands-on training course builds your skills with VMware® vCenter Configuration Manager™ (VCM). It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to install and configure VCM, navigate the user interface, manage compliance, and perform administrative and configuration tasks against your virtual infrastructure. This course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs.

  • Virtual infrastructure administrator
  • IT managers
  • Experience in performing basic administration tasks on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ hosts, VMware® vCenter Server™, VMware vCloud® Director™, VMware® vShield™, and virtual machines
  • System administration experience in a Windows, Linux, or Solaris environment

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

  • Understand the position of vCenter Configuration Manager in the VMware® management solution set.
  • Recognize the role of vCenter Configuration Manager in enterprise configuration and change and compliance management.
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager console to configure vCenter Configuration Manager for management of VMware® vSphere® systems.
  • Navigate the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Collect data from vSphere systems from the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Manage vSphere system compliance with vCenter Configuration Manager.
  • Generate reports in vCenter Configuration Manager.
  • Create custom reports in the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Perform vCenter Configuration Manager administration tasks to manage itssetup and collection of data, user access, jobs, and alerts.
  • Discuss the installation options for vCenter Configuration Manager and perform a basic installation.
  • Identify changes in the VMware® vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™ including new products and packaging in a high-level overview.
  • Articulate the use case for the new integration with VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™ to maintain a compliant infrastructure.
  • Learn about the improvements in change log and report management.

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • VCM overview

Module 2: Configuration, Compliance, and Change Management

  • Provide a high-level overview of VCM and its position in the VMware management solution set
  • Discuss some of the common challenges customers face in IT configuration, compliance, and change management
  • Describe the key features of VCM and how they benefit IT departments managing configuration, compliance, and change

Module 3: Components and Processes

  • Understand the system architecture
  • Describe and discuss the CARMA concept
  • Database
  • Collector
  • Processes

Module 4: Configuration for Virtual Infrastructure Systems

  • Identify and use VCM user interface components
  • Describe and configure management agents
  • Add and configure settings for vCenter Server, vCloud Director, and vShield systems
  • License vSphere systems
  • Collect data from vSphere systems
  • Manage certificates
  • Set up an alternative Managing Agent machine

Module 5: Using the Upper Console

  • View dashboards
  • View and manage alerts
  • Change management in the virtual infrastructure
  • Use the Virtual Infrastructure node

Module 6: VMware vSphere System Compliance Management

  • Describe compliance analysis
  • Create a rule group
  • Create a rule group filter
  • Create a rule group compliance condition
  • Create and run a compliance template

Module 7: Working with Reports

  • List vSphere system–related reports available in VCM
  • Generate custom reports with the Report wizard
  • Manage reports

Module 8: Basic Settings and Configuration

  • Work with general settings
  • Configure settings for integration with VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™ and the VMware vSphere® Client™ VCM plug-in
  • Configure virtualization settings

Module 9: Creating Collection Filters

  • Describe collection filters
  • Create collection filters
  • Create collection filter sets and collection filter set groups

Module 10: User and Role Management

  • Discuss how VCM access is controlled by access rules and roles
  • Create access rules and use them in a role
  • Manage access rules and roles
  • Add and manage VCM logins

Module 11: Job Management

  • Describe the function of the Job Manager
  • View a running job
  • Add a job
  • Schedule a job
  • Edit a job

Module 12: Alert Management

  • Add an alert rule
  • Discuss and input alert configuration

Module 13: Using the Content Wizard

  • Describe the Content wizard
  • Import and use imported templates

Module 14: Using the Import/Export Utility

  • Describe the Import/Export utility
  • Discuss where the Import/Export utility is used

Module 15: Using the Debug Event Viewer

  • Discuss how the Debug Event Viewer works
  • Describe how to filter events

Module 16: Installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Prerequisites
  • Architecture (single-tier or multitier)
  • Installation
  • Understand and meet preinstallation requirements
  • Install vCenter Operations Manager
  • Configure VCM to gather data from its environment

Module A – VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Update

  • Discuss the VMware management suite solution and products
  • List the key components and capabilities of the vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • Describe the main features available in each of the vCenter Operations Management Suite products and editions

Module B – VMware vCenter Configuration Manager v5.6 Changes

  • Discuss changes in configuration of machine groups
  • Identify new features in managing changes and compliance in the virtual infrastructure
  • Learn about improvements in the internationalization of vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Generate new reports for the virtual infrastructure

Module C – Integration with Other Products

  • Identify use cases for integration of additional vCenter Operations Management Suite products
  • Discuss integration with vCenter Operations Manager for group management
  • Learn about new dashboard badges in vCenter Operations Manager

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For whom it is intended:

  • IT Manager
  • System administrator
  • System engineer
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