VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.x]

Classroom Schedule
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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, Onsite
- Length: 3 Days
In this three-day course, you will focus on building skills in configuring and performing common Day 2 administrator and end-user tasks with VMware vSAN™ 6.x. You will gain practical experience with vSAN production operations through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.

Product Alignment
•  ESXi 6.5
•  vCenter Server 6.5
•  vSAN 6.6

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Describe vSAN host operations
•  Discuss vSAN networking requirements
•  Define the tasks involved in hardware replacement in a vSAN cluster
•  Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
•  Describe common vSAN maintenance operations
•  Define the tasks required for updating and upgrading vSAN
•  Describe vSAN security operations
•  Configure a key management server (KMS) cluster
•  Configure vSAN storage policies and observe the effects of a cluster-wide change
•  Explain vSAN resilience and availability features
•  Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks
•  Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance
Intended Audience:    Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of vSAN v6.x
Prerequisites:    This course has the following prerequisites:
•  Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] course
•  Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices

Completion of the VMware vSAN 6.6 Deploy and Manage [v6.6] course or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable.

The course presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling:
•  Use VMware vSphere® Web Client
•  Create and manage VMware vCenter Server® objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual
•  Create and modify a standard switch
•  Connect a VMware ESXi™ host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
•  Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
•  Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
•  Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®

If you cannot complete all of these tasks, VMware recommends that you complete the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] and VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.6] courses before enrolling in VMware vSAN: Production Operations.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. Introduction to vSAN
    • Describe the vSAN architecture and components
    • Describe the differences between the vSAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
    • Describe the space-efficiency features of vSAN
    • Describe how vsanSparse snapshots work

  3. vSAN Host Management
    • Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
    • Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
    • Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
    • Describe NIC teaming, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, and the benefits of using VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ in vSAN
    • Plan appropriately for networking configuration changes
    • Troubleshoot with ESXCLI commands

  4. vSAN Policies and Resiliency
    • Explain how storage policies work with vSAN
    • Create and modify virtual machine storage policies
    • Identify the effects of vSAN storage policy changes
    • Monitoring using the Ruby vSphere Console
    • Describe vSAN resiliency, availability, and backup features and operations
    • Manage hardware device failures

  5. Cluster Maintenance
    • Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
    • Upgrade and update vSAN
    • Replace vSAN hardware by using scale-in and scale-out strategies

  6. vSAN Security Operations
    • Describe vSAN datastore encryption and Key Management Server (KMS) architecture
    • Integrate a KMS
    • Configure encryption in the vSAN cluster
    • Compare virtual machine and vSAN encryption
    • Perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
    • Add an encrypted cluster to vCenter Server

  7. vSAN Monitoring and Performance
    • Identify common alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Web Client
    • Use the health service to monitor vSAN health
    • Use the performance service to monitor vSAN performance
    • Proactively monitor and test the vSAN environment
    • Use the vSAN health CLI and Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) when vSphere Web Client is unavailable
    • Use ESXCLI commands to monitor the vSAN environment
    • Verify that the vSAN environment is functioning properly and performing as expected