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    Overview

    VMWare Training Course Overview

    This five-day VMWare Training 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 VMWare Training 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.

    Note: This VMWare Training Course is based on beta software.

     

    Prerequisites

    This VMWare Training Course requires the following prerequisites:

    • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

     

    Audience Profile:

    • System administrators
    • System engineer

     

    VMWare Training Course Objectives:

    By the end of the VMWare Training Course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

    • Describe the software-defined data center
    • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
    • Deploy an ESXi host
    • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance™
    • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
    • Describe vCenter Server architecture
    • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
    • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client™ and VMware vSphere Web Client
    • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
    • Configure standard switch policies
    • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN™
    • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
    • Create, clone, and export a vApp
    • Describe and use the content library
    • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
    • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
    • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
    • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
    • Discuss the VMware vSphere High Availability cluster architecture
    • Configure vSphere HA
    • Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Use VMware vSphere Replication™ and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
    • Use VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
    • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

    Description

    Module 1: VMWare Training Course Introduction

    • Introductions and VMWare Training Course logistics
    • VMWare Training Course objectives
    • Describe the content of this VMWare Training Course
    • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
    • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
    • Identify additional resources

    Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

    • Describe the topology of a physical data center
    • Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
    • Define the files and components of virtual machines
    • Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
    • Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
    • Define the purpose of ESXi
    • Define the purpose of vCenter Server
    • Explain the software-defined data center
    • Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

    Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
    • Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
    • Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
    • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
    • Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
    • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
    • Identify the virtual machine disk format

    Module 4: vCenter Server

    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Backup and restore vCenter Server
    • Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
    • Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
    • Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
    • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

    Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

    • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
    • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
    • Describe the virtual switch connection types
    • Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
    • Use VLANs with standard switches

    Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

    • Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
    • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
    • Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5
    • Introduce Virtual SAN
    • Describe guest file encryption

    Module 7: Virtual Machine Management

    • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Clone a virtual machine
    • Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
    • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
    • Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

    Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
    • Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
    • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
    • Describe and deploy resource pools
    • Set reservations, limits, and shares
    • Describe expandable reservations
    • Schedule changes to resource settings
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

    Module 9: vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
    • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
    • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN
    • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
    • Introduce vSphere Replication
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

    Module 10: Host Scalability

    • Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
    • Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
    • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
    • Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy capabilities
    • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

    Module 11: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

    • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
    • Scan and remediate hosts