VMware vSphere 4.1 with ESXi and vCenter

Course:  VMVS4
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMware's vSphere 4.1 including VMware ESX 4.1 and vCenter. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, the initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting, disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation. This class is unique in its approach: to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to VMware vSphere

  • Server Resource Utilization
  • Server Consolidation
  • OS, Apps Tied to PC Server
  • Datacenter Issues
  • OS, Application Imaging
  • Back Up and Recovery
  • Server Refresh
  • Hardware Maintenance
  • High Windows OS Costs
  • MS Virtualization Calculator
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Test, Development and QA
  • IT Technical Career Benefits
  • vSphere Components
  • VMware ESXi
  • VMware vSphere 4.1Editions
  • vSphere Hardware Limits
  • Small Business Bundles
  • VMware vCenter
  • Single Host Deployment
  • Multiple ESXi w. Shared Storage
  • Full vSphere
  • Cloud Computing
  • Storage Cloud
  • Server Cloud
  • Network Cloud

VMware ESXi

  • ESXi Block Diagram
  • Scalable ESXi Deployment
  • ESXi Server Hardware
  • ESXi vs. ESX
  • ESXi Install Steps
  • ESXI Boot Screen
  • Accept the VMware EULA
  • Select the Target Volume
  • Install Custom Storage Drivers
  • Installation Completed
  • ESXI
  • Log In for the First Time
  • ESXi Configuration Menu
  • Set the Root Password
  • Default Management IP Settings
  • Configure Management Network
  • Select Management NIC(s)
  • IP Configuration
  • DNS Configuration
  • Custom DNS Suffixes
  • Apply Network Changes
  • Test Management Network
  • Local/Remote Tech Support
  • Restart Management Agents
  • ESXi Ready for Service
  • Alt-F12 VMkernel Log Entries
  • Login with vSphere Client
  • Security Warning
  • vSphere Client ??? ESXi
  • vSphere Client
  • ESXi ??? Configuration
  • Review/Set Time Configuration
  • Local ESXi Users and Groups
  • Joining a Domain
  • ESXi Host Roles
  • Licensing ESXi 4.1
  • System Health Status
  • Physical CPU Properties
  • Physical Memory Properties
  • Network Adapters
  • Network Properties
  • ESXi System Logs
  • Sizing ESXi CPU, Memory
  • Sizing ESXi Storage, NICs

Virtual Networking

  • vNetwork Switches
  • Standard vSwitches
  • Distributed vSwitches
  • Physical Networking
  • Virtual Networking
  • ESXi Networking
  • Isolated Virtual Networking
  • Outbound Virtual Networking
  • Outbound Teamed Networking
  • vSwitch Properties
  • Multi-homed Networking
  • High Performance Networking
  • vSwitch Connection Types
  • Port Groups
  • Networking View
  • vSwitch Properties
  • Add Network Wizard
  • ESXi Physical NICs
  • vSwitch Rules
    • Network Attached Storage (NAS) / Network File System (NFS)
  • Basic ESXi Deployment
  • Network Attached Storage
  • NAS Options
  • Network File System
  • NAS/NFS Uses
  • NAS Components
  • Defining NFS Shares on Linux
  • NFS VMkernel Port
  • Define an NFS Share
  • NFS Share in Storage Roster
  • Unmount an NFS Share
  • NAS/NFS Trade-offs
  • - Troubleshooting NFS

Virtual Machines

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Hardware
  • Powered off VMs
  • Datastore Browser
  • VM File Copy
  • New Virtual Machine Wizard
  • Base Virtual Machine HW
  • VM Wizard - CPUs
  • VM Wizard ??? Memory
  • VM Wizard ??? Disk
  • Virtual Disk Snapshots
  • Snapshots Manager
  • Complete the Virtual Machine
  • Remote Console
  • Virtual Machine BIOS
  • Install Guest OS
  • VM Running with Stock Drivers
  • VMware Tools
  • VMware Tools ??? Time Sync
  • VMware Tools ??? Connections
  • VMware Tools ??? Scripts
  • ESXi 4.1 Supports USB
  • Windows Performance Tips
  • Supported Guest OS

Central Management with vCenter

  • vCenter
  • Licensed Add On Features
  • vCenter Diagram
  • vCenter Deployment
  • vCenter HW Requirements
  • Supported Databases
  • MS SQL Databases
  • MS SQL Express
  • vCenter is a Management Proxy
  • Don???t Bypass vCenter
  • Database Size Estimates
  • Launch vCenter Installer
  • Install/Select Database
  • Isolated or Linked Mode
  • vCenter uses a Java VM
  • vSphere Client Plugins
  • vCenter Server Services
  • To Restart vCenter
  • Home View
  • Navigation Options ??? View
  • Location Bar
  • Organizing Inventory
  • Folders Organize Datacenters
  • Folders in Datacenters
  • VMs run on Clusters
  • vCenter Sessions
  • Resources Maps
  • Schedule Tasks
  • View Past Events
  • View System Logs
  • Licensing
  • vCenter Server Licensing
  • vCenter Service Status
  • Web Access
  • Logging In
  • Reviewing a VM
  • Web Access Remote Console
  • Virtual Machine Shortcut

Templates, Clones

  • VM Rapidly Deployment
  • Template Theory
  • Template Benefits
  • Templates
  • Disk Formats
  • Select Template Disk Format
  • Creating a New Template
  • Template Properties
  • Templates in Hosts and Clusters
  • Deploy VM from Template
  • Clone a VM
  • Clone a Template
  • Template Maintenance
  • Windows VM Customization
  • Linux, Solaris OS Customization
  • Pre-Built Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Appliance Pros and Cons
  • Import/Export Virtual Appliances
  • Adding Virtual Hardware
  • Virtual Machine Options
  • Virtual Machine Resources
  • All VMs Support Simple Changes
  • Hot Add Virtual Hardware
  • Hot Add Virtual Disk
  • Raw Device Map (RDM)
  • After Hot Add ??? Rescan Disks
  • Hot Grow Disks

Permissions

  • Security and Permission Model
  • Permissions - Privileges
  • Permissions - Roles
  • Permissions - Users
  • Assigned Permissions
  • Determining Permissions
  • Selecting Local, Domain Users
  • Privilege Hierarchy
  • Role Assignments
  • Work with Roles
  • Edit a Role
  • vCenter Users, Groups
  • Checking Permissions
  • View vCenter Base Permissions
  • ESXi Users, Groups
  • ESXi Default Permissions
  • Permission Best Practices

Advanced Networking

  • Advanced Virtual Networking
  • Distributed vSwitches
  • DvSwitch Port Groups, Uplinks
  • Building a New dvSwitch
  • Review/Change dvSwitch
  • DvSwitch Port Assignments
  • Adding ESXi Hosts to a dvSwitch
  • Management, VMkernel Ports
  • dvSwitch Uplink NICs
  • dvSwitch Properties
  • dvSwitch Adv. Properties
  • Advanced vSwitch Policies
  • Port Group Security
  • Traffic Shaping
  • Traffic Shaping Settings
  • NIC Team Settings
  • Load Balancing Policies
  • Originating Port Forwarding
  • Forward Based on MAC Hash
  • Forward Based on IP Hash
  • IP Hash Forwarding
  • Physical NIC Load Forwarding
  • Active and Standby NICs
  • Network Failure
  • Resilient Network Configuration
  • Notify Switches
  • Standard vSwitch VLANS
  • VLANs and VLAN Trunking
  • Private VLANs
  • Create Private VLans

Shared Storage

  • Fibre and iSCSI SAN shared storage
  • Fibre Storage Area Networks
  • Fibre San Block Diagram
  • World Wide Names
  • Runtime Hardware Paths
  • Fibre HBAs
  • Storage Volumes
  • Storage Device Properties
  • iSCSI
  • iSCSI Capabilities
  • iSCSI Motivation
  • iSCSI Block Diagram
  • iSCSI Redundancy Options
  • iSCSI Qualified Names
  • LUN Discovery Options
  • iSCSI Hardware Initiators
  • iSCSI Software initiators
  • iSCSI Ports
  • Enable iSCSI SW Adapter
  • Change iSCSI SW Adapter IQN
  • Enter IP Address of SAN SPs
  • Challenge Auth. Protocol
  • CHAP Authentication Process
  • Enter your iSCSI Credentials
  • iSCSI SP Correctly Added
  • Scan iSCSI SAN
  • New iSCSI LUNs
  • iSCSI Trade-offs
  • Troubleshooting iSCSI
  • Storage Views
  • Boot From SAN
  • Fibre Boot From SAN
  • iSCSI Boot From SAN
  • Set Boot Controller Order

VMFS ??? VMware File System

  • VMware File System
  • Shared Storage
  • VMFS Features
  • VMFS Auto Discovery
  • Building a VMFS
  • Select Disk/LUN
  • VMFS Settings
  • New VMFS
  • VMFS Details
  • VMFS Capacity Management
  • LUN Span ??? Before and After
  • Create/ Grow a LUN Span
  • To Add an Extent - 2
  • To Add an Extent - 3
  • Spanned LUNs - FYI
  • Option 2 ??? Grow Volume, VMFS
  • Grow Volume then Grow VMFS
  • VMFS Consumes Free Space
  • Multipathing
  • Fibre SAN Multipathing
  • iSCSI SAN Multipathing
  • Manage Hardware Paths
  • Path Selection Policy
  • Pluggable Storage Architecture

Resource Pools

  • Resource Administration
  • CPU Resource Tunables
  • Physical to Virtual CPU Service
  • Dynamic Memory Balancing
  • VM Memory Tunables
  • Memory Resource Tunables
  • Shares
  • Resource Pools
  • Resource Pool Settings
  • Expandable Reservations
  • Why Use Resource Pools
  • Auto-Update Resource Pools
  • CPU Resource Allocations
  • Memory Resource Allocations
  • Storage Resource Allocations
  • Virtual Hardware Resources
  • Resource Pool Summary Tab

VM Migration

  • Cold Migration
  • Why Cold Migrate
  • VMotion Migration
  • VMotion Benefits
  • VMotion Requirements
  • VMotion Scenario
  • Memory Pre-copy
  • Progress is Monitored
  • VM is Descheduled
  • VM Context is Transferred
  • Switch Over
  • VM Scheduled to Run
  • Housekeeping
  • VMotion Experience
  • Failed Validation
  • Validation Warnings
  • Host Compatibility
  • CPU Compatibility
  • CPU Identification Utility
  • Storage VMotion
  • Storage VMotion Scenarios

Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • DRS Goals
  • DRS Clusters
  • DRS Functions
  • DRS Automation Level
  • Migration Threshold
  • Power Management
  • EVC and AMD CPUs
  • EVC for Intel CPUs
  • EVC Benefits
  • DRS EVC Requirements
  • VM Swapfile Location
  • Affinity, Anti-Affinity Rules
  • DRS Groups Manager
  • Per-VM Overrides
  • DRS Cluster Summary Tab
  • CPU/RAM Host Distributions
  • Resource Allocation Tab
  • DRS Tab
  • DRS History
  • Resource Management
  • Adopting DRS
  • DRS Best Practices

VMware High Availability Clusters

  • High Availability Clusters
  • HA VM Requirements
  • Enabling HA Fail Over
  • VMware HA Host Failures
  • Host Failures Allowed
  • HA Reserve Resources
  • HA Cluster Heartbeat
  • HA Restart Priority
  • HA Isolation Response
  • VM Monitoring
  • How Isolation Response Works
  • ESXi Console NIC Failure
  • VM Powered off When Isolated
  • Move, Power on VM
  • Adding a Host to a Cluster
  • Maintenance Mode
  • Resolving HA Problems
  • HA and DRS
  • Isolation Response Issues
  • Best Practices
  • VMware Fault Tolerance

Consolidation

  • Guided Consolidation
  • Select Domains/Workgroups
  • Selecting Hosts in a Domain
  • Set Authentication
  • Monitored Host Roster
  • Migrating Monitored Hosts
  • Target Host Recommendations
  • Converting the Physical Host
  • Enterprise Planning/ Migration

Data Recovery

  • Backup and Recovery
  • VM Backup Challenge
  • Traditional Network Backup
  • Reduce Backup Stress
  • ESX and ESXi Backup
  • VMware Consolidated Backup
  • VMware Converter Restore
  • ESXi Configuration Back Up
  • Data Recovery
  • Setting up VM Data Recovery
  • ITCourseware, LLC 6
  • VMware vSphere??? 4.1 with ESXi??? and vCenter??? 12-2010
  • VMDR Set Up
  • VMDR Web UI
  • Connect VMDR to vCenter
  • Getting Started Wizard
  • Creating a Backup Job
  • Backup Retention Policy
  • Backup Reports
  • Restoring a Virtual Machine
  • Restore Task

Converter

  • VMware vCenter Converter
  • Clone and Update Disks
  • Install and Enable Converter
  • Manage Plug-ins
  • Converter Steps
  • Prepare for Conversion
  • Launch Converter Enterprise
  • Profile Physical Machine
  • Select Host, Add Credentials
  • Set Target ESXi Host, Datastore
  • Set Target VM Properties
  • Clone Physical Disk(s)
  • Resize Target VM Disk
  • Copying Disk Volumes
  • Create the New Virtual Machine
  • VM Reconfiguration
  • Guest OS Customization
  • Converter Housekeeping
  • New VM Housekeeping
  • Converter Caveats
  • Trouble Spots vSphere Alarms
  • Performance Alarms
  • vCenter Alarms
  • Adding an Alarm
  • Alarm Settings
  • ESXi Host Alarms
  • Virtual Machine Alarms
  • Alarm Reporting
  • Set Alarm Actions
  • Triggered vCenter Alarms
  • Default Alarms
  • Set E-Mail Properties
  • Set SNMP Properties
  • Change Custom Alarms
  • Acknowledge Alarms
  • Alarm Best Practices

VMware Update Manager

  • Patch Management
  • VUM Components
  • Install VUM
  • VUM Storage
  • VUM Storage Estimator
  • Install, Enable VUM Plug-in
  • Configure VUM
  • ESX Host/Cluster Settings
  • Patch Baselines
  • New Baseline
  • Patch Options
  • Selected Patches ??? Fixed
  • Attach a Baseline
  • Scan for Compliance
  • Compliance Scan Complete
  • Schedule VUM Tasks
  • VUM and DRS Clusters

Performance Analysis

  • Performance Tuning
  • ESXi CPU Usage Strategy
  • Active VM CPU Scheduling
  • Physical to Virtual CPU
  • Sequential vs Concurrent Tasks
  • CPU Over Commit
  • Physical Memory
  • Virtual Machine Memory
  • VM Memory Over Commit
  • Physical RAM to VM Allocation
  • Transparent Page Sharing
  • Memory Ballooning
  • Memory Compression
  • VMkernal Swap
  • Ballooning vs. VMkernel Swap
  • Disk I/O Bandwidth Contention
  • Overview Performance Charts
  • Advanced Performance Charts
  • Performance Chart Options
  • Performance Problems
  • Tracking VM CPU Ready Time
  • CPU Ready VM Experience
  • To Resolve CPU Over Commit
  • Monitoring Memory Stress
  • Memory Ballooning ??? Overview
  • Ballooning and Swapping
  • Page Faults in Task Manager
  • VM CPU, Memory Consumption
  • Best Practices

Final Thoughts

  • What to Virtualize
  • One-to-One Virtualization
  • CPU Considerations
  • Memory Considerations
  • Storage Considerations
  • Network Considerations
  • Server Capacity Management
  • VM High Availability
  • Virtualization Security Issues
Who Should Take This Course

System architects, security specialists, operators, performance and capacity analysts, backup administrators, business continuity specialists, storage administrators, managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization.

Recommended Prerequisites

Attendees should have operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows??, Linux???, UNIX???, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks are useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

Training Style

Instructor-led, combining lectures and hands-on workshops.

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