VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN Fast Track [V6]

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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
This five-day intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and mastering VMware vSphere® 6.0, including VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and VMware vCenter® 6.0. This course combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.

Product Alignment
•  vSphere 6
•  ESXi 6
•  vCenter 6
•  Virtual SAN 6.2

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Describe the VMware vCenter Server® architecture
•  Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
•  Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
•  Configure and manage the vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere®
   Web Client
•  Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
•  Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, and
   VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™
•  Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
•  Create a vApp
•  Describe and use the content library
•  Control user access through roles and permissions
•  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
•  Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
•  Use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
•  Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
•  Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual
   machines and perform data recovery
•  Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
•  Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi
   hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
•  Describe the Virtual SAN architecture
•  Identify Virtual SAN features and use cases
•  Configure Virtual SAN networking components
•  Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
•  Deploy virtual machines on a Virtual SAN datastore
•  Configure virtual machine storage policies
•  Perform ongoing Virtual SAN management tasks
•  Outline the tasks for upgrading to Virtual SAN 6.2
•  Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
•  Monitor Virtual SAN with ESXi commands and the Ruby vSphere Console
•  Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios
•  Describe Virtual SAN interoperability with vSphere and other products
•  Plan and design a Virtual SAN cluster

This course prepares you for the following certification:
•  VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)
Intended Audience:    Administrators with foundational knowledge of virtualization along with experienced system administrators, systems engineers, and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere and Virtual SAN skills with minimal time away from the office
Prerequisites:    This course requires the following prerequisites:
•  System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
•  Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course
   or  VCA-DCV certification
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Identify additional resources

  2. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
    • Overview of ESXi

  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine

  4. vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Describe and modify standard switches properties
    • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI and NFS storage
    • Create and manage VMFS datastores
    • Introduce VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™

  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create VMware vSphere® vApp(s)™
    • Introduce content libraries

  8. Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

  10. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Introduce vSphere Replication
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

  11. Patch Management
    • Use 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

  12. Installing VMware Components
    • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

  13. Storage Fundamentals
    • Define common storage technologies
    • Identify characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
    • Identify and explain various types of storage architectures
    • Identify SAN performance factors

  14. Introduction to Virtual SAN
    • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture and components
    • Describe the differences between the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
    • Describe the space-efficiency features of Virtual SAN

  15. Virtual SAN Configuration
    • Identify physical network configuration requirements
    • Configure Virtual SAN networking
    • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
    • Test and validate the Virtual SAN configuration and functionality

  16. Virtual SAN Policies and Virtual Machines
    • Explain how storage policies work with Virtual SAN
    • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
    • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
    • Discuss the vsanSparse snapshot format
    • Explain the considerations for vsanSparse snapshots

  17. Managing and Operating Virtual SAN
    • Manage hardware storage devices
    • Manage hardware device failures
    • Identify vCenter Server alarms for Virtual SAN events
    • Configure fault domains
    • Upgrade to Virtual SAN 6.2

  18. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN
    • Use vSphere Web Client to detect issues
    • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with vRealize Operations Manager
    • Use ESXi commands to monitor the Virtual SAN environment
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console and Virtual SAN Observer

  19. Stretched Clusters and Two-node Clusters
    • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
    • Create a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
    • Configure vSphere HA and vSphere DRS for a stretched cluster
    • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios

  20. Interoperability with vSphere Features
    • Identify vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with Virtual SAN
    • Describe how Virtual SAN interoperates with third-party products and solutions

  21. Designing a Virtual SAN Deployment
    • Understand Virtual SAN design considerations
    • Plan and design Virtual SAN clusters
    • Identify the design and sizing tools for Virtual SAN
    • Describe Virtual SAN use cases