VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

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- Formats: Classroom, Lab, Live Online, vFlex-ILT
- Length: 5 Days
This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.
This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.

Objectives:    •  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
•  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
Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course.
Intended Audience:    •  Experienced system administrators
•  Systems engineers
•  System integrators
Prerequisites:    Completion of one of the following courses:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
•  VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5]
•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track
Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.
Outline:    1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives
2  VMware Management Resources
•  Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
•  Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
•  Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
•  Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files
3  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
4  Network Scalability
•  Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
•  Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
•  Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
5  Network Optimization
•  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
6  Storage Scalability
•  Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
•  Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
•  Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
7  Storage Optimization
•  Diagnose storage access problems
•  Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
•  Configure vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
•  Monitor key storage performance metrics
•  Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
•  Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
8  CPU Optimization
•  Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
•  Monitor key CPU performance metrics
•  Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
9  Memory Optimization
•  Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
•  Monitor key memory performance metrics
•  Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
10  Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
•  Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
•  Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
•  Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems
11  Host and Management Scalability
•  Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
•  Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
•  Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
•  Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
•  Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts