This powerful five-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5, including the use of Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere Client for both presentation material and lab procedures.

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. With more than 40 percent of class time devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators. This class is unique in its approach, which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points using vSphere in order to deliver business value. It’s about more than just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers and progress to shared storage, networking and centralized management. Participants are then introduced to resource balancing, high availability, power management, backup and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy, disaster recovery, rapid deployment and VM cold and hot and storage migration.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot vSphere 6.5.

Audience: This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in virtual infrastructure, including system architects, security specialists, operators, performance analysts, business continuity specialists, storage administrators and managers.
Course Duration: 5 days
Prerequisites:

Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™ or UNIX™. 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 and networking.

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
    • What’s New and Improved in vSphere 6.5
  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.5
    • Understanding ESXi
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Join ESXi to a Domain
    • Local User Management and Policies
    • First look at the VMware vSphere Client and VMware Host 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
  • Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage
    • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
    • NFS Overview
    • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
    • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
    • NFS Use Cases
    • Troubleshooting NFS connections
  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
    • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
    • Sizing and creating a new VM
    • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
    • Working with a VM’s BIOS
    • VMware remote console applications
    • Installing an OS into a VM
    • Driver installation and customization
  • vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client
    • The need for Identity Source management
    • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Service Controller
    • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
    • vCenter feature overview and components
    • Organizing vCenter’s inventory views
    • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
    • Administering vCenter Server with Web Client
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones
    • Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images
    • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
    • Patching, and refreshing Templates
    • Cloning, one-time copies of VMs
    • Best practices for cloning and templating
    • Adding and resizing virtual disks
    • Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory
  • ESXi and vCenter Permission Model
    • VMware Security model
    • Configuring local users and groups
    • Managing local permissions
    • vCenter security model
    • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
    • How permissions are applied
  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
    • Fibre SAN overview
    • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
    • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
    • iSCSI overview
    • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
    • Connecting to iSCSI storage
    • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
    • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
    • Understanding the benefits of VMware VAAI compliant storage
  • VMware File System (VMFS)
    • Unique file system properties of VMFS
    • Managing shared Volumes
    • Creating new VMFS partitions
    • Introduction to VMFS 6 features and capabilities
    • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
    • Native and third party multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
    • VMFS performance considerations
    • VMFS scalability and reliability
  • Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms
    • Alarm categories and definitions
    • Creating custom alarms and actions
    • Configure vCenter so it can send E-mail and SNMP alerts
    • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them
    • Work with alarm conditions, triggers and actions
    • Identify most useful alarms to review and enable
  • Resource Management and Resource Pools
    • Delegate resources in bulk using Resource Pools
    • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
    • Shares, Reservations and Limits
    • CPU resource scheduling
    • Memory resource scheduling
    • Resource Pools
  • VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion
    • Cold VM migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
    • Hot Migrations with VMotion
    • VMotion requirements and dependencies
    • How VMotion works – detailed explanation
    • Troubleshooting VMotion
    • How to test hosts for VMotion compatibility
    • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
  • Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters
    • CPU and Memory resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
    • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
    • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
    • Learn the features and benefits of DRS Power Management
  • Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters
    • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
    • How VMware HA protects against ESXi host, storage network and SAN volume failures
    • Understand and review HA’s many policies
    • Introduction to VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication
    • Explain vSphere Replication features and Use Cases
    • Import the vSphere Replication virtual appliance
    • Configure vSphere Replication including Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs)
    • Enable vSphere Replication on a VM
    • Recover a VM using vSphere Replication
  • Patch Management with VMware Update Manager
    • Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
    • Establishing a patch baseline
    • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts
  • Managing Scalability and Performance
    • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
    • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
    • Identifying and resolving resource contention
    • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
    • Performance and capacity planning strategies
  • Final Thoughts
    • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
    • Determining which workloads to consolidate
    • Other considerations