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VMware vSphere: Skills for Public Sector Administrators [V6.5]

Summary:  
Classroom Schedule
Live Online Schedule
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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
Overview:
This intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5.

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:
•  Describe the software-defined data center
•  Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
•  Describe the vCenter Server architecture
•  Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
•  Back up and restore vCenter Server
•  Deploy vCenter Server Appliance to be highly available
•  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 vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
•  Use vCenter Server to manage various types of storage  
•  Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
•  Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server
•  Create a vApp
•  Describe and use the content library
•  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
•  Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
•  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 upgrades
•  Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
•  Configure and use virtual machine storage policies
•  Configure VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
•  Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
•  Encrypt virtual machines for additional security

Certifications
This course prepares you for the following certification:
•  VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)
 
Intended Audience:    •  System administrators
•  System engineers
 
Prerequisites:    This course requires the following prerequisites:
•  System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
 
Outline:   
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Describe the content of this course
    • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
    • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
    • Identify additional resources

  2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
    • Describe the topology of a physical data center
    • Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
    • Define the files and components of virtual machines
    • Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
    • Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
    • Define the purpose of ESXi
    • Define the purpose of vCenter Server
    • Explain the software-defined data center
    • Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
    • Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
    • Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
    • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
    • Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
    • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
    • Identify the virtual machine disk format

  4. vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Back up and restore vCenter Server
    • Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
    • Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
    • Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
    • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
    • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
    • Describe the virtual switch connection types
    • Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
    • Use VLANs with standard switches

  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
    • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores
    • Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5

  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Clone a virtual machine
    • Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
    • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
    • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

  8. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
    • Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
    • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
    • Describe and deploy resource pools
    • Set reservations, limits, and shares
    • Describe expandable reservations
    • Schedule changes to resource settings
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

  9. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
    • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
    • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
    • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines

  10. vSphere DRS
    • Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
    • Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
    • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
    • Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ capabilities
    • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
    • Explain how Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability

  11. vSphere Update Manager
    • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine, and vApp patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
    • Scan and remediate hosts

  12. vSphere Security
    • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
    • Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere® vMotion® migrations