VMware vSphere: What's New [V4.x to V5.5]

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- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 2 Days
This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5 and VMware ESXi™ 5.5. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.5 courses. Go to http://www.vmware.com/education for advanced course options.

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.5 and be able to do the meet the following objectives:
•  List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5
•  Describe the upgrade process  from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
•  Use VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™ and the
    VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage the vSphere platform
•  Understand how VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™ works
•  Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
•  Create a port mirroring session
•  Configure virtual machine storage policies
•  Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
•  Monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
•  Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision an ESXi host
Intended Audience:    •  System administrators
•  IT managers
•  System architects
•  People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments
Prerequisites:    Attendance at one of these VMware
vSphere 4 courses:
•  Install, Configure, Manage
•  Fast Track
•  What’s New
Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • vSphere 5 documentation resources

  2. Introducing VMware vSphere 5.5
    • Describe key enhancements in ESXi and vCenter Server
    • Describe the upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
    • Use vCenter Server Appliance to manage the vSphere platform
    • Use the vSphere Web Client to search for objects and view object information
    • Use vCenter Single Sign-On to add users and assign roles

  3. Virtual Machine Management
    • Describe virtual machine hardware features introduced in vSphere 5.x
    • Describe virtual machine enhancements introduced in vSphere 5.5

  4. Network Management
    • Describe new features of distributed switches, including network rollback, exporting, importing, and restoring a distributed switch configuration, traffic filtering and marking policy, NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, Link Layer Discover Protocol, Single Root I/O Virtualization, and health check
    • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control
    • Configure and test port mirroring

  5. Storage Management
    • Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, virtual machine storage policies, VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™, and VMware® Virtual SAN™
    • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®, solid-state drive support, and VMware vSphere®  Storage APIs - Array Integration
    • Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
    • Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage policies

  6. Scalability
    • Describe vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
    • Create a datastore cluster
    • Configure vSphere Storage DRS

  7. Availability
    • Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere® Data Protection™
    • Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere® Replication
    • Describe the enhancements to vSphere HA
    • Monitor vSphere HA cluster activity

  8. VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives
    • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI  to create and export an image profile
    • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision an ESXi host