VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V8.10]

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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
In this five-day course, you will focus on designing, installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director® 8.10 for service providers. You will learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks as well as the integrated use of VMware Virtual SAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.

Product Alignment
•  vCloud Director 8.10
•  Virtual SAN 6.2
•  NSX 6.2

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Design a vCloud Director environment
•  Deploy vCloud Director
•  Manage vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs
•  Configure Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere® storage to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual data
•  Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs
•  Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs
•  Transfer virtual machine workloads from vSphere into and out of vCloud Director
•  Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX
•  Use NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between a public cloud and a private cloud
•  Create an interface between vCloud Director and Microsoft Active Directory servers
Intended Audience:    Cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in a service provider or managed services environment
Prerequisites:    This course requires completion of the following course:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] or equivalent knowledge

This course recommends completion of the following e-learning courses:
•  VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals [V8.10]
•  VMware Virtual SAN: Fundamentals [V6.2]
•  VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
    • Describe vSphere
    • Describe NSX
    • Describe Virtual SAN

  3. Cloud Computing and Cloud Director Overview
    • Cloud computing overview
    • Characteristics of cloud services
    • Categories of cloud computing
    • VMware offering to enable cloud-based services
    • Cloud deployment environments
    • VMware vCloud® Air™ network program overview
    • Describe vCloud Director in relation to service provider or managed services environments

  4. vCloud Director Architecture and Components
    • vCloud Director architecture
    • Review vCloud Director components and explain their functions
    • Examine integration with other VMware products, such as VMware vRealize® Business for Cloud, VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™, NSX, and Virtual SAN
    • vCloud Director terms: vApp and catalog
    • vCloud Director terms: organization and virtual data center
    • Network concepts
    • vCloud Director supported storage

  5. vCloud Providers
    • Identify storage resources for vCloud Director
    • Configure and manage storage for providers
    • Examine provider space allocation to an organization
    • Manage storage requirements for linked clones and shadow virtual machines
    • Describe the use cases for Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™, and legacy storage

  6. vCloud Director Organizations
    • Create and manage organizations
    • Organization virtual data center allocation models
    • Recognize resource allocations for an organization
    • Create and manage catalogs
    • Manage vApps and vApp templates

  7. vCloud Networking with NSX
    • Describe the basic NSX components in relation to vCloud Director
    • Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, org, vApp)
    • Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices
    • Examine the function of network pools
    • Explain how to share content between organizations and vApps
    • Describe options to connect a private cloud to a public cloud
    • Review options for external connectivity with VPN

  8. Basic Security
    • Describe role-based access
    • Create custom security roles
    • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
    • Describe single sign-on
    • Enable a SAML identity provider
    • Describe two-factor authentication

  9. Managing Cloud Resources
    • Identify how vSphere fulfills vCloud Director requests
    • Manage provider and organization virtual data centers

  10. Managing vSphere Resources
    • Manage VMware vCenter Server® instances
    • Manage VMware ESXi™ hosts
    • Manage vSphere datastores
    • Manage stranded items
    • Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level

  11. Monitoring vCloud Components
    • Monitor usage information at provider and organization virtual data centers
    • Analyze vCloud Director logs to mirror vCloud Director cells
    • Monitor vCloud Director environments with vRealize Operations Manager and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™
    • Leverage vRealize Business for cost management

  12. vCloud Director API and Metadata
    • Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director
    • Use of REST API in VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    • Describe access to vCloud Director using VMware vSphere PowerCLI
    • Create and update metadata on objects

  13. vCloud Director Installation
    • vCloud Director setup overview
    • vCloud Director hardware and software requirements
    • vCloud Director supported platforms
    • Network configuration prerequisites
    • Install and configure the vCloud Director database
    • Configure an Oracle database and a Microsoft SQL Server database
    • Create SSL certificates
    • Configure VMware NSX® Manager™ for a new vCloud Director installation
    • Install and configure an AMQP broker
    • Download and install the VMware public key
    • vRealize Business integration with vCloud Director

  14. vCloud Director Upgrade
    • vCloud Director upgrade overview
    • Upgrade prerequisites
    • NSX requirements
    • Additional information
    • Best practice for upgrades