VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage


VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

This course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Target Audience

System AdministratorsSystem Engineer


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:Describe the software-defined data centerExplain the vSphere componentsDeploy an ESXi hostDeploy VMware vCenter Server ApplianceDescribe vCenter Server architectureDescribe virtual networks with vSphere standard switchesConfigure switch policiesUse vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere©_ VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SANCreate, clone, and export a vAppDescribe and use the content libraryMigrate virtual machinesMonitor resource usage and manage resource poolsVMware vSphere High Availability cluster architectureVMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability  

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Course objectivesBenefits of the VMware Education LearningIdentify additional resources
Section 2 : vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
Topology of a physical data centervSphere virtual infrastructureFiles and components of virtual machinesBenefits of using virtual machinesPurpose of ESXiPurpose of vCenter ServerSoftware-defined data centerPrivate, Public, and Hybrid clouds
Section 3: Creating Virtual Machines
Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine filesVirtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usageImportance of VMware ToolsDiscuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory accessDeploy and configure virtual machines and templatesIdentify the virtual machine disk format
Section 4: vCenter Server
vCenter Server architectureDeploy and configure vCenter Server AppliancevSphere Web ClientBackup and restore vCenter ServervCenter Server permissions and rolesvSphere HA architectures and featuresvSphere authentication proxyvCenter Server inventory objects and licensesAccess and navigate the new vSphere clients
Section 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Describe, create, and manage standard switchesConfigure virtual switch security and load-balancing policiesContrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switchesvirtual switch connection typesNew TCP/IP stack architectureVLANs with standard switches
Section 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Storage protocols and storage device typesESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storageCreate and manage VMFS and NFS datastoresVirtual SANGuest file encryption
Section 7: Virtual Machine Management
Templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machinesModify and manage virtual machinesClone a virtual machineRemove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and data storeCustomize a new virtual machine using customization specification filesPerform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrationsCreate and manage virtual machine snapshotsCreate, clone, and export vAppsIntroduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
Section 8: Resource Management and Monitoring
Virtual CPU and memory conceptsVirtual memory reclamation techniquesVirtual machine overcommitment and resource competitionConfigure and manage resource poolsDescribe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usageUse various tools to monitor resource usageCreate and use alarms to report certain conditions or eventsDescribe and deploy resource poolsSet reservations, limits, and sharesDescribe expandable reservationsSchedule changes to resource settingsCreate, clone, and export vApps
Section 9: vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
vSphere HA architectureConfigure and manage a vSphere HA clusterUse vSphere HA advanced parametersDefine clusterwide restart ordering capabilitiesEnforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failoverDescribe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeatsIntroduce vSphere Fault TolerancevSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machinesSupport vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SANExamine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machinesIntroduce vSphere ReplicationUse vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
Section 10: Host Scalability
Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS clusterConfigure and manage a vSphere DRS clusterWork with affinity and anti-affinity rulesDescribe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRSPerform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changesUse vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
Section 11: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilitiesUse vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patchingInstall vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-inCreate patch baselinesUse host profiles to manage host configuration complianceScan and remediate hosts