VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6]

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- Formats: Classroom, Lab, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale is designed for experienced VMware vSphere® users. It teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Anyone who is ready to take their understanding of vSphere to a deeper level and learn how to use advanced features and controls will greatly benefit from this course.

The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link: VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6] - On Demand.

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
•  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:    Completion of one of the following courses:

•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.5 or 6]
•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track

Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server

Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Additional resources

  2. vSphere Security
    • Describe the features and benefits of VMware Platform Services Controller™
    • Configure ESXi host access and authorization
    • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
    • Upgrade ESXi and vCenter Server instances

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Network Scalability
    • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
    • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
    • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

  6. 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

  7. 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
    • Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

  8. Storage Optimization
    • Diagnose storage access problems
    • Configure VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
    • Monitor key storage performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
    • Describe guidelines for optimizing virtual machine configuration
    • Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance
    • Discuss guidelines for using resource allocation settings
    • Discuss guidelines for using resource pools
    • Discuss guidelines for using vSphere DRS clusters
    • Troubleshoot common vSphere cluster problems

  12. Host and Management Scalability
    • Describe and use host profiles
    • Define and use content libraries
    • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
    • Use Virtual Machine Converter
    • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy