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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (5.1/5.5))


Course Overview

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware vSphere® ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course is based on prerelease versions of ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1.

Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.1 functions and features and be able to do the following:

  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Use vCenter Server to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection

Prerequisite

  • System Administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux Operating Systems

Course Duration

  • 5 days of instructor-led training
  • 60% lecture and 40% hands-on lab

Target Audience

  • System Administrators
  • Systems Engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server

Course Modules

  • Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
  • Introduction to VMware Virtualization
    • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
    • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
  • VMware vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture 
    • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
    • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
    • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
    • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage vSphere datastores 
    • Deploy and manage VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance
  • Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines 
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
    • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
  • Data Protection
    • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
    • Discuss solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently
  • Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
    • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
    • Explain VMware® vShield Endpoint™ integration in VSphere
  • Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  • High Availability and Fault Tolerance
    • Introduce the new VMware vSphere® High Availability architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Introduce VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
    • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
  • Scalability
    • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
    • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Use vSphere HA and DRS together
  • Patch Management
    • Use Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  • Installing VMware Components
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

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