This powerful five-day is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere including VMware ESX 5.5 and vCenter. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. 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 delivers 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.

Attendees will learn to use advanced VMware topics and develop superior VMware management, deployment and troubleshooting skills. By the end of the class, they will know the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization and will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.5.

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: 5 days
Prerequisites:

Attendees should have user, 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 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 Objectives:
  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Configure and manage local storage
  • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments
  • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
  • Install, configure and update the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Understand and explain the technical, business, licensing risks of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Configure and use hotplug hardware including hot-add vCPUs and Memory
  • Add and grow virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  • Deploy and use VMware Replication to hot back up and recover critical Virtual Machines
  • Create and manage load balanced clusters
  • Enable, configure and use Distributed Power Management to reduce electrical power by soft powering off unneeded ESXi servers
  • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
  • Configure VMs for zero unplanned downtime by deploying vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Use Host Profiles to set and enforce ESXi configuration rule sets
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Create, administer, back up and recover vNetwork Distributed Switches
  • Understand and use advanced vSwitch settings like NIC Teaming and Security
  • Troubleshoot common problems
  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Configure and manage local storage
  • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments
  • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
  • Install, configure and update the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Understand and explain the technical, business, licensing risks of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Configure and use hotplug hardware including hot-add vCPUs and Memory
  • Add and grow virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  • Deploy and use VMware Replication to hot back up and recover critical Virtual Machines
  • Create and manage load balanced clusters
  • Enable, configure and use Distributed Power Management to reduce electrical power by soft powering off unneeded ESXi servers
  • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
  • Configure VMs for zero unplanned downtime by deploying vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Use Host Profiles to set and enforce ESXi configuration rule sets
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Create, administer, back up and recover vNetwork Distributed Switches
  • Understand and use advanced vSwitch settings like NIC Teaming and Security
  • Troubleshoot common problems
Course Outline:
  • Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
    • Virtualization explained
    • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
    • Common pain points in PC Server management
    • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
    • VMware vSphere software products

 

  • Overview of Desktop Virtualization
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure explained
    • Benefits of VMware Horizon View oer traditional VDI
    • Risks and restrictions of licensing Microsoft Desktop Operating Systems in a VDI environment
    • Risks and costs of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
    • Strategy to sidestep desktop licensing costs and access restrictions

 

  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable
    • Understanding ESXi
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Joining ESXi to a Domain
    • First look at the VMware vSphere Client

 

  • Virtual and Physical Networking
    • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
    • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
    • Creating VMkernel ports
    • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

 

  • NAS Shared Storage
    • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
    • Shared Storage options
    • NFS Overview
    • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
    • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
    • NFS Use Cases
    • Troubleshooting NFS connections
  • Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
    • Virtualization explained
    • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
    • Common pain points in PC Server management
    • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
    • VMware vSphere software products

 

  • Overview of Desktop Virtualization
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure explained
    • Benefits of VMware Horizon View oer traditional VDI
    • Risks and restrictions of licensing Microsoft Desktop Operating Systems in a VDI environment
    • Risks and costs of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
    • Strategy to sidestep desktop licensing costs and access restrictions

 

  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable
    • Understanding ESXi
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Joining ESXi to a Domain
    • First look at the VMware vSphere Client

 

  • Virtual and Physical Networking
    • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
    • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
    • Creating VMkernel ports
    • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

 

  • NAS Shared Storage
    • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
    • Shared Storage options
    • NFS Overview
    • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
    • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
    • NFS Use Cases
    • Troubleshooting NFS connections