VMWare vSphere: FastTrack

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Overview

​This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere© 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware© ESXi 5.5 and VMware© vCenter Server 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware© Certified Professional 5 exam.

Intended Audience

​Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.

If someone looking to pass the VCP5-DCV exam and looking for a test-prep course the recommended training is the VMware vSphere Fast Track course. The VMware vSphere Install Configure Manage course covers a portion of the exam content, whereas the Fast Track course covers significantly more. 


At Completion

​By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware©_ virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere©_ High Availability and VMware vSphere©_ Fault Tolerance
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use policy-driven storage and VMware vSphere©_ Storage DRS to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware©_ vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

Prerequisites

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification


Exams & Certifications

​VCP5-DCV


Materials


Course Outline

​Module 1: Course Introduction 

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

 

Module 2: Software-Defined Data Center 

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components 
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization 
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture 
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces 
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

 

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines 

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

 

Module 4: VMware vCenter Server 

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture 
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Using the VMware vSphere©_ Web Client 
  • Configuring VMware©_ vCenter Single Sign-On 
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

 

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks 

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch 
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties 
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

 

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage 

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names 
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere©_ VMFS datastores 
  • Introduce VMware©_ Virtual SAN datastores

 

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management 

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machines 
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  • Perform VMware vSphere©_ vMotion©_ and VMware vSphere©_ Storage vMotion©_ migrations 
  • Create a VMware vSphere©_ vApp

 

Module 8: Access and Authentication Control 

  • Control user access through roles and permissions 
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication 
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

 

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring 

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts 
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage 
  • Configure and manage resource pools 
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

 

Module 10: High Availability and Fault Tolerance 

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters 
  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine 
  • Describe VMware vSphere©_ Replication

 

Module 11: Network Scalability 

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups 
  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere©_ Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

 

Module 12: Host Scalability 

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere©_ Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster 
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility 
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

 

 

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