VMware vSphere/vCenter: Install, Configure, Manage, Troubleshoot

Course:  VMADM
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server. The course is based on ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces

Create Virtual Machines - 2 hrs

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce vCenter Server appliance
  • Configure and manage vCenter Server appliance
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Configure and Manage Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

Configure and Manage 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 the VMware vSphere? Storage Appliance

Virtual Machine Management

  • Deploy virtual machines using templates and cloning
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere? vMotion? and Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create a vSphere vApp

Data Protection

  • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Introduce the VMware Data Recovery appliance
  • 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
  • Introduce VMware vShield Zones

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 new vSphere High Availability (HA) architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere High Availability cluster
  • Introduce VMware Fault Tolerance

Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and DRS together

Patch Management

  • Manage ESXi patching using vCenter Update Manager
  • Install Update Manager and 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)
What You Can Expect

At the end of the course, you should gain an understanding of the functionality in vSphere 5 and be able to do the following:

  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server
  • Create, 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 vCenter? Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection
Who Should Take This Course
  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server
Recommended Prerequisites

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

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