VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

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- Formats: Classroom, Lab, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.

Objectives:    •  Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
•  Manage changes to the vSphere environment
•  Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
•  Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
•  Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
•  Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course.
Intended Audience:    •  Experienced system administrators
•  Systems engineers
•  System integrators
Prerequisites:    Completion of one of the following courses:

•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
•  VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5]
•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track

Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. VMware Management Resources
    • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
    • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
    • Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
    • Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

  3. Performance in a Virtualized Environment
    • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
    • Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
    • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

  4. Network Scalability
    • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
    • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
    • Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

  5. Network Optimization
    • Explain the performance features of network adapters
    • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
    • Monitor key network performance metrics
    • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
    • Troubleshoot common network performance problems

  6. Storage Scalability
    • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
    • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
    • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

  7. Storage Optimization
    • Diagnose storage access problems
    • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
    • Configure vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
    • Monitor key storage performance metrics
    • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
    • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

  8. CPU Optimization
    • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
    • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

  9. Memory Optimization
    • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
    • Monitor key memory performance metrics
    • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

  10. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
    • Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
    • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
    • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

  11. Host and Management Scalability
    • Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
    • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
    • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
    • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
    • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts