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VMware vSphere Professional Bootcamp

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Course duration

  • 5 Days

Course Outline

VMware vSphere 5.5 Professional Bootcamp is a 5-day training course with 100+ hands-on labs and skills development components. Students focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 5.5, which includes VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5. This course provides a comprehensive 360-degree understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

  • Describe the software-defined data center.
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines.
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture.
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host.
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client.
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches.
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage.
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots.
  • Create a vApp.
  • Describe and use the content library.
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion.
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage.
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools.
  • Describe and use the content library.
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion.
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage.
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools.
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts.
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance.
  • Use VMware vSphere Replication and VMware vSphere Data Protection to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery.
  • Use VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability.
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability.
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations.
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.
  1. Course Introduction
    1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Professional Bootcamp Course Syllabus
    1. Classroom
    2. Classroom Set up
    3. Course Outline
  3. Professional Bootcamp Lab Instruction and RDP
    1. Lab Instructions
    2. Quizzes, Tests, Exams Review
    3. Datacenter Overview
    4. Lab
  4. Exploring Virtualization
    1. Virtualization overview
    2. Cloud characteristics
    3. Business Opportunity
    4. Lab
  5. The Datacenter Sandbox
    1. Explore the ESXi and VM Relationships for Students
    2. Demonstrate the IP Infrastructure
    3. Lab
  6. VMware Overview of Products, Functions, and Enhancements
    1. VMware Products, Versions, and Release Dates
    2. Data Center Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure
    3. Components of vSphere
    4. Labs
  7. Planning, Installing, and Configuring ESXi
    1. Planning a VMware Deployment
    2. ESXi 5.5 Characteristics
    3. Hardware Requirements
    4. Planning an ESXi Deployment
    5. VMware Support Publications
    6. VMware Compatibility Guide
  8. VMware Capacity Planning
    1. Simple Install Process
    2. ESXi Boot Process
    3. Performing an Unattended Installation of VMware ESXi
    4. Lab
  9. Using the VMware vSphere Web Client
    1. Understand IP Addresses
    2. vSphere Web Client Overview
    3. Web Client Install Prerequisites
    4. Available Functions Web Client Overview
    5. Web Client Architecture
    6. Web Client User Desktop Overview
    7. Lab
  10. Introducing Virtual Machines
    1. VM Acronyms and Definitions
    2. Virtual Machine Hardware Overview
    3. ESXi 5.5 New Enhancements
    4. More 5.5 Enhancements
    5. Files That Make-up a VM
    6. Types and Descriptions of vNICs
    7. VMware Assigned MAC Addresses
    8. Virtual Disk Provisioning Option
    9. Virtual Disk Size
    10. VMware Tools
    11. Creating a Virtual Machine
    12. Installing a Virtual Machine Operating System
    13. Hot/Add Plug
    14. Virtual Machine Options
    15. Virtual Machine Dashboard Elements
    16. Lab
  11. Exploring vCenter Server
    1. Exploring vCenter Server
    2. Options of vCenter Authentication
    3. Requirements for vCenter Server
    4. vCenter Architecture
    5. vCenter Server Installation Order
    6. How Single Sign-On Works
    7. Single Sign-on 5.5 Compatibility
    8. Single Sign-On Deployment Options
    9. vSphere Web Client Prerequisites
    10. vCenter Server Inventory Service
    11. Web Client Communication Function and Flow
    12. Encryption and Certificate Basics
    13. Lab
  12. Plan and Configure vSphere Networking and Switches
    1. Storage Overview
    2. Storage Terminology and Acronyms
    3. Types of Storage
    4. vSphere Storage APIs
    5. Multipathing
    6. Pluggable Storage Architecture
    7. Path Considerations
    8. Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
    9. All Paths Down (APD) and Permanent Device Loss (PDL)
    10. vSphere Improvements for APD and PDL
    11. APD Advanced Settings
    12. PDL for iSCSI Arrays
    13. Scanning LUNs
    14. VM File System – VMFS5.5
    15. Datastore Size Changes
    16. Disk Defragmentation
    17. VMFS Management
    18. Raw Device Mapping
    19. iSCSI Overview
    20. iSCSI Terminology and Acronyms
    21. How does iSCSI work?
    22. HBA iSCSI Setup
    23. CLI Commands to Bind VMkernel
    24. CHAP Authentication
    25. Fibre Channel Overview
    26. Fibre Channel Terminology and Acronyms
    27. Fibre Channel Configuration
    28. Network File System Overview
    29. NFS on Linux Access Control
    30. NFS Configuration
    31. Some NFS CLI Examples
    32. Solid State Drive Overview
    33. Using SMART with SSD
    34. vSphere Virtual Flash
    35. Virtual Flash Read Cache
    36. Lab
  13. Plan and Configure vSphere Storage
    1. Storage Overview, Terminology and Acronyms
    2. Types of Storage
    3. vSphere Features Supported by Storage
    4. Storage Naming
    5. vSphere Storage APIs
    6. Multipathing
    7. Pluggable Storage Architecture
    8. Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
    9. All Paths Down (APD) and Permanent Device Loss (PDL)
    10. Scanning LUNs
    11. Datastore Size Changes
    12. Disk Defragmentation
    13. VMFS Management
    14. Displaying Disk Usage from the CLI
    15. Raw Device Mapping
    16. Fibre Channel
    17. Network File System Overview
    18. Solid State Drive
    19. Using SMART with SSD
    20. vSphere Virtual Flash
    21. Configure Virtual Flash Resource
    22. Configure Virtual Flash Host Swap
    23. Virtual Flash Read Cache
    24. Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance
    25. Lab
  14. Manage and Modify Virtual Machines
    1. Managing Virtual Machines
    2. Virtual Machine Startup and Shutdown
    3. Renaming a Virtual Machine
    4. Managing a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK)
    5. Extending a Partition with 3rd Party Tools
    6. Thin Provisioning
    7. Reclaiming Disk Space w/ 3rd Party Tools
    8. vCLI Command for a VM
    9. Lab
  15. Using Templates and Clones
    1. Template Guidelines
    2. Creating Templates
    3. Template Details
    4. Guest Operating System Customization
    5. Customization Specification Manager
    6. Clone Basics, Rules, and Guidelines
    7. VM Clones
    8. Comparing Templates and Clones
    9. Options Available to be Specified
    10. Lab
  16. Using Snapshots
    1. Virtual Machine Snapshot Overview
    2. Snapshot Power States
    3. Snapshot Files and Chains
    4. Creating a VM Snapshot
    5. Quiesce
    6. VM Snapshot Chain
    7. Notable Snapshot Items
    8. Snapshot Manager
    9. Snapshot Files
    10. Lab
  17. VMware Converter
    1. VMware Converter Vendor Specs
    2. Steps to Take Before Converting
    3. The Conversion Process
  18. Post-Conversion Cleanup
    1. 3rd Party Migration Tools
    2. PlateSpin Migration verses Competitors
    3. Lab
  19. Managing VMware vSphere vApps
    1. Virtual Appliance Overview
    2. vSphere vApp Basics
    3. Creating a vApp
    4. Using Virtual Appliances
  20. Distributed Resource Scheduler and Clusters
    1. Creating and Configuring VMware Clusters
    2. Determining Appropriate failover Methodology
    3. DRS Virtual Machine Entitlement
    4. Creating and Deleting a DRS Cluster
    5. Adding and Removing ESXi Hosts to /from a DRS Cluster
    6. Enabling and Disabling Host Monitoring
    7. Configuring Automation Levels for DRS
    8. Monitoring a DRS Cluster
    9. Configuring Storage DRS
    10. Lab
  21. VMware vSphere High Availability
    1. High Availability Overview
    2. High Availability Actions
    3. High Availability Master Host
    4. HA Master Host Responsibilities
    5. High Availability View
    6. vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 HA Updates
    7. HA Configuration Settings
    8. High Availability VM Monitoring
    9. Lab
  22. Configuring VMware Fault Tolerance
    1. Fault Tolerance Overview
    2. Fault Tolerance Prerequisite Requirements
    3. Fault Tolerance General Requirements
    4. Configuring FT Networking
  23. Business Continuity
    1. Planning for Business Continuity
    2. Providing Data Protection
    3. Recovering from Disasters
    4. Using vSphere Replication
  24. Backup and Disaster Recovery
    1. vSphere Replication v5.5
    2. vSphere Replication Configuration
    3. vSphere Replication Data Flow
    4. VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.5 (SRM)
    5. Site Recovery Manager Overview
    6. SRM Architecture Overview
    7. SRM Architecture - SRM w/ SAN Based Replication
    8. 3rd Party Recovery Managers
  25. Migrating Virtual Machines
    1. Migrating a Powered-Off Virtual Machine
    2. Migrating a Suspended Virtual Machine
    3. ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion
    4. Enhanced vMotion Compatibility CPU Requirements
    5. Snapshot Migration Requirements
    6. For vMotion
    7. Storage vMotion
    8. Configuring a Virtual Machine Swap File Location
    9. Migrating Virtual Machines Using vMotion and Storage vMotion
    10. Using Storage vMotion Techniques
    11. Lab
  26. PBC 300: Troubleshooting Solutions
    1. Troubleshooting vSphere Client
    2. Troubleshooting High CPU Utilization
    3. Troubleshooting High Memory Utilization
    4. Troubleshooting High Network Utilization
    5. Troubleshooting a Virtual Machine Disk
    6. vCenter Service Status
    7. Identifying vCenter Log Files
  27. vCenter Diagnostics
    1. More iSCSI CLI and Troubleshooting
    2. Troubleshooting the ESXi SSD Connection
    3. Lab
  28. Monitoring ESXi, vCenter, and Virtual Machines
    1. How Tasks and Events are Viewed in vCenter Server
    2. Creating, Editing, and Deleting Scheduled Tasks
    3. Configuring SNMP for vCenter Server
    4. Configuring User Directory and SMTP Settings for vCenter Server
    5. Configure vCenter Server Timeout Settings
    6. Configuring vCenter Server Logging Options
    7. Creating a Log Bundle
    8. Starting, Stopping, and Verifying vCenter Server Service Options
    9. Starting, Stopping, and Verifying Host Agent Status
    10. Monitoring and Administering vCenter Server Connections
    11. Explaining Resource Maps
    12. Common Metrics
    13. Lab
  29. Creating and Administering vCenter Server Alarms
    1. Listing vCenter Default Utilization Alarms
    2. Listing vCenter Default Connectivity Alarms
    3. Creating vCenter Utilization Alarm
    4. Creating a vCenter Connectivity Alarm
    5. Configuring Alarm Triggers
    6. Configuring Alarm Actions
    7. Lab
  30. Create and Administering Resource Pools
    1. Resource Pool Hierarchy
    2. Expandable Reservation Parameter
    3. Creating and Removing a Resource Pool
    4. Configuring Resource Pool Attributes
    5. Add a VM to a Resource Pool
    6. Remove a VM from a Resource Pool
  31. Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
    1. Patching Requirements for ESXi Host
    2. Patching Requirements for Virtual Machine Hardware or Tools
    3. Managing a Host Profile from a ESXi Host
    4. Host Profile
    5. Attaching and Applying a Host Profile to an ESXi Host and Cluster
    6. Applying Permissions to ESXi Hosts Using Host Profiles
    7. Importing or Exporting a Host Profile
    8. vSphere Update Manager
    9. Update Manager Baseline
    10. Attaching a Update Manager Baseline to an ESXi Host and Cluster
    11. Updating and ESXi Host Using vSphere Update Manager
  32. Secure vCenter Server and ESXi
    1. Securing ESXi Hosts
    2. ESXi Firewall
    3. Configuring and Administering ESXi Firewall Enabling
    4. Configuring and Disabling Services
    5. Enabling Lockdown Mode
    6. Adding an ESXi to a Directory Service
    7. ESXi Authentication
    8. Controlling Access to ESXi Hosts
    9. Keeping ESXi Hosts Patched
    10. Managing ESXi Host Permissions
    11. Configuring ESXi Host Logging
    12. Other ESXi Security Options
  33. What's New?
    1. Introducing vSphere 6.0
    2. View 6.0
  34. Third Party and Advanced Installation Options
    1. vSphere Image Builder
    2. vSphere Auto Deploy
    3. Ultimate Deployment Appliance
    4. Other 3rd party Tools
  35. Distributed Switch Configuration, Manage and Best Practices
    1. Features and Configurations
    2. 3rd Party Switches

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