VMware vSAN: Management and Operations [V7]

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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 3 Days
In this three-day course, you learn about managing and operating VMware vSAN™ 7. This course focuses on building the required skills for common Day-2 vSAN administrator tasks such as, vSAN node management, cluster maintenance, security operations and advanced vSAN cluster operations. You also gain practical experience through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link:  VMware vSAN: Management and Operations [V7] - On Demand.

Product Alignment
•  VMware ESXi™ 7.0 U1
•  VMware vCenter Server® 7.0 U1
•  VMware vSAN 7.0 U1

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Define the tasks involved in vSAN node management
•  Updating and upgrading vSAN using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager™
•  Explain vSAN resilience and data availability features
•  Reconfigure vSAN storage policies and observe the cluster-wide impact
•  Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
•  Describe common vSAN cluster maintenance operations
•  Control vSAN resync operations
•  Manage two-node cluster and stretched cluster advance operations
•  Configure vSAN storage efficiency and reclamation features
•  Use VMware Skyline™ Health to monitor cluster health, performance, and storage capacity
•  Describe vSAN security operations
•  Configure vSAN Direct for cloud native applications
•  Configure remote vSAN datastore and vSAN native file services
Intended Audience:    Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of VMware vSAN 7.
Prerequisites:    Completion of the following courses is required:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v7] or equivalent knowledge
•  VMware vSAN: Plan and Deploy [v7]
Outline:    1 Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives

2  vSAN Node Management
•  Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
•  Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning
•  Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
•  Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
•  Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to perform upgrades

3  vSAN Resilience and Data Availability Operations
•  Describe vSAN storage policies
•  Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change
•  Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option
•  Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster
•  Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures
•  Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster
•  Configure the vSAN fault domains

4  vSAN Cluster Maintenance
•  Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
•  Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options
•  Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode
•  Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode
•  Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters
•  Use best practices for boot devices
•  Replace vSAN nodes

5  HCI Mesh Using Remote vSAN
•  Discuss the use cases for Remote vSAN
•  Understand the high-level architecture
•  Describe remote datastore operations
•  Discuss the network requirement
•  Interoperability between Remote vSAN and VMware vSphere-High Availability

6  Managing Advanced vSAN Cluster Operations
•  Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
•  Understand the importance of Witness Node
•  Describe how stretched cluster storage policies affect vSAN objects
•  Create and apply a vSAN stretched cluster policy to meet specific needs
•  Discuss stretched cluster failure scenarios and responses

7  Managing vSAN Storage Space Efficiency Operations
•  Discuss Deduplication and Compression techniques
•  Understand Deduplication and Compression overhead
•  Discuss Compression only mode
•  Configure Erasure Coding
•  Configure swap object Thin Provisioning  
•  Discuss Reclaiming Storage Space with SCSI UNMAP
•  Configure TRIM/UNMAP

8  vSAN Security Operations
•  Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption
•  Perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
•  Describe the workflow of Data-in Transit encryption
•  Identify the steps involved in replacing Key Management Server

9  vSAN Cluster Monitoring
•  Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve
   products and services
•  Use vSphere Skyline Health for monitoring vSAN Cluster Health
•  Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Client
•  Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues
•  Use IO Insight metrics for monitoring vSAN performance
•  Analyse vsantop performance metrics
•  Use vSAN Proactive Test to detect and diagnose cluster issues

10  vSAN Direct
•  Discuss the use cases for vSAN Direct
•  Understand the overall architecture of vSAN Direct
•  Describe the workflow of vSAN Direct datastore creation
•  Explore how vSAN Direct works with storage policy tagging

11  Native vSAN File Service
•  Discuss the use cases for vSAN file service
•  Understand the high-level architecture of vSAN file service
•  Discuss the authentication model
•  Configure file shares
•  Monitor file share health and capacity utilization