VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.5]

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- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 3 Days
In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. This course is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 into their existing vSphere environment.

Product Alignment
•  ESXi 6.5
•  vCenter Server 6.5

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link:  VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] - On Demand.

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 6.5
•  Use VMware vSphere® Client™, VMware Host Client™, and the VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
•  Add users to the lockdown exception users list and test the lockdown mode
•  Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools™
•  Upgrade virtual machines to the current hardware
•  Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and
   scripts across vCenter Server instances
•  Enable the VMware vSphere® Authentication Proxy service to automatically add new hosts to the Active
   Directory domain
•  Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of
   the underlying storage hardware
•  Create storage policies and use these policies with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
•  Work with VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control to create and configure a distributed switch
•  Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances
•  Activate the high availability feature of vCenter Server Appliance
•  Back up a vCenter Server Appliance instance by using a file-based backup solution from the vCenter
   Server Appliance Management Interface
•  Use virtual machine encryption to encrypt and decrypt virtual disks
•  Use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate virtual machines
•  Migrate from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
Intended Audience:    System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures
Prerequisites:    This course requires completion of one the following courses or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with VMware ESX®/ESXi and vCenter Server:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 or V6]
•  VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting [V5.5 or V6]

The course material presumes that you can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:
•  Install and configure ESX or ESXi
•  Install vCenter Server
•  Create vCenter Server objects, such as data centers and folders
•  Create and manage vCenter Server roles and permissions
•  Create and modify a standard switch
•  Create and modify a distributed switch
•  Connect an ESX/ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
•  Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
•  Enable vSphere vMotion on an ESX/ESXi host
•  Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
•  Modify a virtual machine’s hardware
•  Migrate a virtual machine with vSphere vMotion
•  Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
•  Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster with resource pools
•  Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster

If you cannot complete all of these tasks, then VMware recommends that you instead take the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] course.
  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. New Features in vSphere 6.5
    • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the vCenter Server Appliance shell
    • Discuss the new features and enhancements in vSphere 6.5

  3. Installation and Upgrade
    • Describe new vCenter Server architecture features
    • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration, based on your requirements
    • Describe the enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
    • Describe how to upgrade vCenter Server 5.x and 6.0 to vCenter Server 6.5
    • Describe how to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
    • Summarize the purpose of content libraries in a vSphere environment
    • Discuss the vSphere requirements for content libraries
    • Create a local content library
    • Subscribe to a published content library
    • Deploy virtual machines from a content library

  4. Compute Enhancements
    • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
    • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
    • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
    • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
    • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
    • Discuss how virtual hardware 11 and 13 extend virtual machine resource configurations
    • Describe how using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
    • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.x

  5. Storage Enhancements
    • Describe the new features of VMFS6
    • Describe the migration procedure from VMFS5 to VMFS6
    • Discuss the benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
    • Identify the differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
    • Describe the implications of using NFS v4.1
    • Describe the VMware vSAN™ enhancements in the following areas: Scalability, Performance, Availability, Space efficiency, Operational, Usability
    • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
    • Describe per-virtual machine, policy-based policy management
    • Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
    • Describe the interoperability enhancements to VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
    • Describe the enhancements to vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control that improve adherence to configured maximums and reservations

  6. Security Enhancements
    • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi hosts
    • Use encryption in your vSphere environment
    • Encrypt virtual machines
    • Explain how to back up encrypted virtual machines
    • Encrypt core dumps
    • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
    • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging

  7. Network Enhancements
    • Use Network I/O Control
    • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
    • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
    • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservation
    • Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.0
    • Explain how the gateway per vmknic feature works and how it is configured
    • Explain the new ERSPAN headers supported in vSphere 6.5 and how they are configured
    • Describe the areas where performance improvements were made in vSphere 6.5

  8. Management Enhancements
    • List the core security modules that are part of VMware Platform Services Controller™
    • List the VMware certificate management components
    • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.0
    • List the certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
    • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options
    • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
    • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

  9. Availability Enhancements
    • Describe how vCenter Serve High Availability works
    • Describe how Platform Services Controller high availability works
    • Configure vCenter Server High Availability and Platform Services Controller high availability
    • Describe the TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion that was introduced in vSphere 6.0
    • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
    • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
    • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6.0 supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
    • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
    • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
    • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down (APD) and permanent device lost (PDL) conditions
    • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
    • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA
    • Explain the enhancement of vSphere HA admission control in vSphere 6.5
    • Describe the improvement of vSphere HA orchestrated restarts
    • Discuss how Proactive HA helps reduce VM downtime
    • Describe when to use these advanced vSphere DRS options in vSphere 6.5:
    • Describe VM distribution
    • Discuss memory metrics for load balancing
    • Describe CPU over commitment
    • Reduce the need for vSphere HA with Proactive HA
    • Increase VM and workload uptime with Predictive DRS