VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V7]

This five-day, hands-on training course provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere® 7.x environment.

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Overview

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 7 management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.

Product Alignment

  • ESXi 7
  • vCenter Server 7

Prerequisites

This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Who Should Attend?

  • System administrators
  • System engineers

Course Outline

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Explain basic virtualization concepts
  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
  • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
  • Describe the ESXi host architecture
  • Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host
  • Recognize ESXi host user account best practices
  • Install an ESXi host
  • Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings
  • Describe how to proactively manage your vSphere environment using VMware Skyline
  • Create and provision a virtual machine
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
  • Install VMware Tools
  • Identify the files that make up a VM
  • Recognize the components of a VM
  • Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM
  • Describe the benefits and use cases for containers
  • Identify the parts of a container system
  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
  • Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance
  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health
  • Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create and manage standard switches
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Describe Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™
  • Describe the benefits of vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection
  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource use
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration
  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Describe the function of the vSphere® Cluster Service
  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance
  • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow
  • Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
  • Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines
  • Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image
  • Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ and VMware vSAN™ integration
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Create and manage resource pools in a cluster
  • Describe how scalable shares work
  • Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system
  • Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering
  • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies
  • Recognize components of the vSphere Virtual Volumes architecture
  • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

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