VMware vSAN: Fast Track [V7]

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- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
During this five-day, intensive course, you gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to plan and deploy a VMware vSAN™ cluster. You learn about managing and operating vSAN. 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 focus on learning the tools and skills necessary to troubleshoot vSAN 7 implementations and gain practical experience with vSAN troubleshooting concepts through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.

This course is a combination of the following courses: VMware vSAN: Plan and Deploy, VMware vSAN: Management and Operations, and VMware vSAN: Troubleshooting.

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Describe vSAN concepts
•  Detail the underlying vSAN architecture and components
•  Explain the key features and use cases for vSAN
•  Identify requirements and planning considerations for vSAN clusters
•  Describe the different vSAN deployment options
•  Explain how to configure vSAN fault domains
•  Detail how to define and create a VM Storage policy
•  Discuss the impact of vSAN storage policy changes
•  Describe vSAN storage space efficiency
•  Explain how vSAN encryption works
•  Identify requirements to configure vSAN iSCSI target
•  Detail HCI Mesh technology and architecture
•  Detail vSAN file service architecture and configuration
•  Explain the use cases of vSAN Direct
•  Describe how to setup stretched and two-node vSAN clusters
•  Explain the importance vSAN node hardware compatibility
•  Describe the use of VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to automate driver and firmware installations
•  Detail vSAN resilience and data availability
•  Discuss the vSAN cluster backup methodology
•  Describe the vSAN maintenance mode and data evacuation options
•  Define the steps to shut down a vSAN cluster for maintenance
•  Explain how to use proactive tests to check the integrity of a vSAN cluster
•  Use VMware Skyline Health™ for monitoring vSAN health
•  Apply a structured approach to troubleshoot vSAN cluster configuration and operational problems
Intended Audience:    Storage and virtual infrastructure consultants, solution architects, and administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of VMware vSAN [v7]
Prerequisites:    Completion of the following course is required:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage or equivalent knowledge
Outline:    1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives

2  Introduction to vSAN
•  Describe vSAN architecture
•  Describe the vSAN software components: CLOM, DOM, LSOM, CMMDS, and RDT
•  Identify vSAN objects and components
•  Describe the advantages of object-based storage
•  Describe the difference between All-Flash and Hybrid vSAN architecture
•  Explain the key features and use cases for vSAN
•  Discuss the vSAN integration and compatibility with other VMware technologies

3  Planning a vSAN Cluster
•  Identify requirements and planning considerations for vSAN clusters
•  Apply vSAN cluster planning and deployment best practices
•  Determine and plan for storage consumption by data growth and failure tolerance
•  Design vSAN hosts for operational needs
•  Identify vSAN networking features and requirements
•  Describe ways of controlling traffic in a vSAN environment
•  Recognize best practices for vSAN network configurations

4  Deploying a vSAN Cluster
•  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 Life Cycle Manager to perform upgrades
•  Deploy and configure a vSAN Cluster using Cluster Quickstart wizard
•  Manually configure a vSAN Cluster using vSphere Client
•  Explain and configure vSAN fault domains
•  Using vSphere HA with vSAN
•  Understand vSAN Cluster maintenance capabilities
•  Describe the difference between implicit and explicit fault domains
•  Create explicit fault domains

5  vSAN Storage Policies
•  Describe a vSAN Object
•  Describe how objects are split into components
•  Explain the purpose of witness components
•  Explain how vSAN stores large objects
•  View object and component placement on the vSAN Datastore
•  Explain how storage policies work with vSAN
•  Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
•  Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
•  Change virtual machine storage policies dynamically
•  Identify virtual machine storage policy compliance status

6  vSAN Resilience and Data Availability
•  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

7  Configuring vSAN Storage Space Efficiency
•  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  Introduction to Advanced vSAN Configurations
•  Identify requirements to configure vSAN iSCSI target
•  Detail HCI Mesh technology and architecture
•  Detail vSAN File Service architecture and configuration
•  Explain the use cases of vSAN Direct

10  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

11  vSAN Stretched and Two Node Clusters
•  Describe the architecture and uses case for stretched clusters
•  Detail the deployment and replacement of a vSAN Witness node
•  Describe the architecture and uses case for two-node clusters
•  Explain the benefits of vSphere HA and vSphere Site Recovery Manager in a vSAN stretched cluster
•  Explain storage policies for vSAN stretched cluster

12  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

13  vSAN Troubleshooting Methodology  
•  Use a structured approach to solve configuration and operational problems
•  Apply troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and optimize troubleshooting efficiency

14  vSAN Troubleshooting Tools  
•  Use Skyline Health for vSAN to identify and correct issues in VMware vSAN
•  Discuss the ways to run various command-line tools
•  Discuss the ways to access VMware vSphere ESXi Shell
•  Use commands to view, configure, and manage your VMware vSphere environment
•  Discuss the esxcli vsan namespace commands
•  Use log files to help vSAN troubleshooting