VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.5] - On Demand Lab

- Format: Lab
- Length: 30 Days
In this hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 into their existing vSphere environment.

Note: This course is based on beta software.

Product Alignment
•  ESXi 6.5
•  vCenter Server 6.5

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 6.5
•  Use the user interface of the new VMware vSphere® Client™, the new VMware Host Client™, and the
   appliance shell of VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
•  Add users to the lockdown exception users list and test the lockdown mode
•  Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools™
•  Upgrade virtual machines to the current hardware
•  Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and
   scripts across vCenter Server instances
•  Enable the VMware vSphere® Authentication Proxy service to automatically add new hosts to the Active
   Directory domain
•  Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of
   the underlying storage hardware
•  Create storage policies and use these policies with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
•  Work with VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control to create and configure a distributed switch
•  Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances
•  Activate the high availability feature of vCenter Server Appliance
•  Back up vCenter Server Appliance by using a file-based backup solution from the vCenter Server
   Appliance Management Interface
•  Set up your environment to encrypt and decrypt virtual machines
•  Set up your environment to use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate encrypted virtual machines
•  Migrate from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
•  Configure vCenter Server and associated services to use VMware Platform Services Controller™ high

This course prepares you for the following certification exam:
•  VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization 6.5 Delta Exam
Intended Audience:    System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures
Prerequisites:    This course requires completion of one the following courses or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with VMware ESX®/ESXi and vCenter Server:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting [V5.5 or V6]
Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

The course material presumes that you can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:
•  Install and configure ESX or ESXi
•  Install vCenter Server
•  Create vCenter Server objects, such as data centers and folders
•  Create and manage vCenter Server roles and permissions
•  Create and modify a standard switch
•  Create and modify a distributed switch
•  Connect an ESX/ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
•  Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
•  Enable vSphere vMotion on an ESX/ESXi host
•  Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
•  Modify a virtual machine’s hardware
•  Migrate a virtual machine with vSphere vMotion.
•  Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
•  Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster with resource pools
•  Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster

If you cannot complete all of these tasks, then VMware recommends that you instead take the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] course.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5
    • Discuss vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
    • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance

  3. Installation and Upgrade
    • Describe new vCenter Server architecture features
    • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
    • Describe the enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
    • Describe the vCenter Server Appliance deployment
    • Describe the hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
    • Identify the information that is needed before you begin the installation
    • Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
    • Describe how to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
    • Describe how to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
    • List the benefits of using the content library
    • Create a basic content library
    • Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances

  4. Compute Enhancements
    • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
    • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
    • Describe new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
    • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
    • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
    • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
    • Discuss how virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
    • Describe how using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
    • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5

  5. Storage Enhancements
    • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
    • Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
    • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
    • Discuss the benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
    • Identify the differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
    • Describe the implications of using NFS v4.1
    • Describe the advantages of the new VMware Virsto™ on-disk file system
    • Describe the advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
    • Describe the advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
    • Describe the benefits of applying different default policies to different VMware Virtual SAN™ datastores
    • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
    • Describe per virtual machine, policy-based policy management
    • Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™

  6. Network Enhancements
    • Work with Network I/O Control
    • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
    • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
    • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
    • Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5

  7. Management Enhancement
    • List the core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
    • List the VMware certificate management components
    • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
    • List the certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
    • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options
    • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
    • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

  8. Availability Enhancements
    • Describe the new TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
    • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
    • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
    • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
    • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
    • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
    • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
    • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
    • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA

  9. Security Enhancements
    • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
    • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
    • Evaluate virtual machine encryption
    • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
    • Use encrypted core dumps