VMware vSphere 5: FastTrack
This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5. It 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™ 5.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.
At the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
• Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage.
• Create, configure, migrate, manage, convert, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances.
• Manage user access to the virtual infrastructure.
• Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage.
• Scale the vSphere virtual infrastructure.
• Implement business continuity solutions.
• Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
• Use a command-line interface to manage vSphere.
• Install and configure ESXi and vCenter Server.
• Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts.
Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.
A willingness to participate in a demanding, high-intensity training experience and comfort with system administration using command-line interfaces.
1 Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
2 Introduction to VMware Virtualization
Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, 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
3 Create Virtual Machines
Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Deploy a single virtual machine
4 VMware vCenter Server
Introduce vCenter Server architecture
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Introduce storage protocols and device names
Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage vSphere datastores
Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance
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 vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Create a vSphere vApp
8 Access and Authentication Control
Control user access through roles and permissions
Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
Configure ESXi lockdown mode
Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
Introduce VMware® vShield Zones
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
10 High Availability and Fault Tolerance
Introduce new vSphere High Availability architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
11 Host Scalability
Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
Configure and manage a vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster
Configure and manage vSphere Distributed Power Management
12 Network Scalability
Create, configure, and manage vNetwork distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
13 Storage Scalability
Introduce Storage I/O Control
Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VASA
Explain policy-driven storage
Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
Describe Storage DRS operation
Create a datastore cluster for Storage DRS
Configure Storage DRS
14 Data Protection
Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
Introduce the VMware Data Recovery appliance
Discuss solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently
Five (5) extended days of instructor-led classroom training with 60% lecture, 40% hands-on lab.