VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SAP Administration [V5.1]

Classroom Schedule
Live Online Schedule
Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online
- Length: 5 Days
SAP system landscapes on virtual servers are easier to administer, are more flexible to scale, and have higher accessibility and lower IT costs. In this course, you will learn how to install, configure, and administer VMware vSphere® 5.1 for SAP applications. You will learn how to create virtual machines with VMware® software and how to dedicate the appropriate resources for a secure SAP system operation. This course will also explain how to configure SAP applications in an IT landscape and how to enhance performance and accessibility.
By taking this course, participants who are pursuing a VMware Certified Professional certification will fulfill the course attendance requirement.

Objectives:    •  Install and configure VMware ESXi™ in relation to SAP sizing and configuration rules
•  Use VMware® vCenter Server™ to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage based on SAP knowledge
•  Understand memory subsystem technology and optimization of storage for SAP databases
•  Create and administer virtual machines with vCenter Server
•  Understand performance observation and console monitoring
•  Understand clustering, backups, failovers, and links to high availability options (SAP NetWeaver/VMware)
•  Understand SAP landscapes in virtual machines
•  Perform troubleshooting
•  Use vCenter Server to manage high availability and data protection
Intended Audience:    •  SAP administrators
•  SAP systems engineers
•  Operators responsible for SAP, ESXi, and vCenter Server
Prerequisites:    System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems and SAP knowledge. Necessary background skills can be gained in the SAP SAPTEC seminar.
Outline:    1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives
2  Introduction to VMware Virtualization
•  Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
•  Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
•  SAP at a glance; SAP NetWeaver architecture, components, and solutions; processes for SAP ABAP and Java stack; SAP recommendations, releases, and support statements
•  Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
•  Install and use vSphere user interfaces
3  Creating Virtual Machines
•  Introduce  virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
•  Deploy a virtual machine
•  SAP performance considerations for vSphere
4  VMware vCenter Server
•  Introduce vCenter Server architecture
•  Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
•  Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
•  Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
5  Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
•  Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
•  Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
•  Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
•  SAP ports and networking considerations
•  Best practice to configure network switches
•  SAP license keys and virtual MAC addresses
6  Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
•  Introduce storage protocols and device names
•  Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
•  Create and manage vSphere datastores
•  Deploy and manage the VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance
•  SAP storage considerations
•  Best practices for productive SAP solutions
•  LUN design RDM versus VMware vSphere® VMFS
7  Virtual Machine Management
•  Use  templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
•  Modify and manage virtual machines
•  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
•  Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
•  Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
•  vApps and SAP virtual machines
•  Best practice for SAP virtual machine configuration parameters
•  Best practice for SAP patches and SAP upgrades
8  Data Protection
•  Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
•  Introduce the VMware® Data Recovery appliance
•  Discuss solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently
•  Backup and restore solutions for SAP virtual machines
•  Disaster approaches
9  Access and Authentication Control
•  Control user access through roles and permissions
•  Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
•  Configure ESXi lockdown mode
•  Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
•  Introduce VMware® vShield Zones™
•  Responsibility and task distribution with SAP and VMware
10  Resource Management and Monitoring
•  Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
•  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
•  Configure and manage resource pools
•  Monitor resource usage using  vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
•  SAP monitoring enhancements
11  High Availability and Fault Tolerance
•  Introduce new VMware vSphere® High Availability  architecture
•  Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
•  Introduce VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
•  vSphere FT and VMware® vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™ with SAP landscapes
12  Scalability
•  Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
•  Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
•  Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
•  Best practice for SAP virtual machines in a vSphere DRS cluster
•  Configuration guidelines for SAP virtual machines to allocate resources
13  Patch Management
•  Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to manage ESXi patching
•  Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
•  Create patch baselines
•  Scan and remediate hosts
•  Baseline configuration for SAP relevant operating system patches
14  Installing VMware Components
•  Introduce ESXi installation
•  Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
•  Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
•  Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
•  Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)