This popular four-day class is an intensive introduction to the advanced features of VMware vSphere 5.5. We assume participants have working knowledge of VMware vSphere 4.x or vSphere 5.x, and webuild on that knowledge through a rapid review of common features followed by in-depth presentations of advanced topics including vSphere 5 performance, availability, scalability and security. More than 40 percent of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points and then to use virtualization to deliver clear, tangible benefits. Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to effectively design, implement, scale, secure, back up, recover, upgrade, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.5 environments.

Audience: This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure
Course Duration: 4 days
Prerequisites:

Attendees should be familiar with VMware vSphere 4.x or 5.x. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is 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.

Course Outline:
  • Virtualization Overview
    • Virtualization explained
    • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
    • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
    • VMware vSphere software products
    • Desktop Virtualization overview, tricks and traps
    • Virtual Desktop strategy using Windows Server 2008 as a desktop
    • Understanding VMware’s licensing options. Save money and buy only what you need

 

  • Install, Configure ESXi 5.1
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Joining ESXi to an Active Directory Domain
    • Install ESXi 5.1 so we can perform an upgrade to 5.5
    • Understand and configure vSphere Standard Switches
    • Connecting to and using NFS file shares

 

  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
    • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
    • Creating and sizing VMs
    • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware including hotplug
    • Working with a VM’s BIOS
    • Installing and customizing an OS for best performance
    • Virtual hardware versions and capabilities

 

  • vCenter Server Appliance
    • vCenter Virtual Appliance feature overview and components
    • Installing and post-install configuration
    • vCenter components; Single Sign On, Inventory Service and vCenter
    • Sizing vCenter Appliance
    • Database options and limitations
    • Web Client vs. vSphere Client. How and when to use each client

 

  • Upgrading vCenter, ESXi and Virtual Machines
    • How to upgrade the vCenter Appliance from vCenter Appliance from version 5.0/5.1 to version 5.5
    • How to upgrade vCenter Server on Windows
    • Strategies for upgrading ESXi hosts using VUM, Auto Deploy and manually
    • Perform an ESXi in-place upgrade
    • How to complete a VM virtual hardware upgrade

 

  • Advanced Virtual Networking
    • Distributed virtual switches, distributed Port Groups
    • Migrating configurations from Standard vSwitches to dvSwitches
    • NIC teaming strategies/options for redundancy and performance
    • Connecting to vLANs
    • Enhanced Network Security, Load Balancing and NIC Teaming

 

  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
    • Connecting to, scanning, rescanning for SAN volumes
    • Working with Raw Device Maps
    • Designing Networks for Optimum iSCSI performance, reliability
    • VMware APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) features and benefits
    • Checking for VAAI SAN capability
    • Storage Alignment. What it is and how to manage/fix it

 

  • VMFS 5 File Systems
    • Unique file system properties of VMFS 5 filesystems
    • Creating, managing new VMFS partitions
    • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
    • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
    • VMFS 3 to VMFS 5 volumes. Upgrading vs. wipe and remake

 

  • DRS Load Balanced Clusters, DRS Power Mgt.
    • Cold Migrations, Hot VMotion migrations
    • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
    • Create and manage host CPU, memory resources with VMware DRS
    • VM cluster policy settings including Admission Control
    • Configuring and enabling Power Management on DRS clusters
    • Using local SSDs as VM paging and SAN read cache volumes

 

  • Profile Driven Storage
    • User and SAN defined storage profile policies
    • Perform compliance checks on VM storage placements
    • Identify and fix VM storage compliance issues

 

  • Datastore Clusters and Storage DRS
    • Storage I/O Control
    • How to manage storage capacity, load using Storage DRS
    • Create, update Storage DRS datastore clusters
    • Identify and eliminate storage performance issues

 

  • VMware HA and Fault Tolerance
    • VMware High Availability clusters options
    • Fault Tolerance overview, features and limitations
    • Configuration, monitoring and recovery
    • FT ESXi hosts and network compatibility requirements
    • Creating and administering FT VMs

 

  • vSphere Replication
    • Configure vSphere Replication
    • Enable Replication withing a vSphere Environment
    • Understand and set Recovery Point Objectives
    • Hot VM replication with VMware Replication

 

  • VMware Data Protection
    • Import vSphere Data Protection applicance
    • Configuring and using VMware Data Protection
    • Enable VM backup
    • Recover a VM from backup
    • Perform File Level Recoveries (FLR)