VMware vSphere 6.7 Boot Camp Training

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Course Description

This powerful 5-day, 10 hour per day extended hours class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphereâ?¢ including VMware ESXi 6.7 and vCenter 6.7. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes introduced in vSphere 6.7. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use 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 40+% of class time is devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $3250 (US)


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 Outline

Chapter 1 - 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 6.7
Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.7
Understanding ESXi
Selecting, validating and preparing your server
Storage controllers, disks and partitions
Software installation and best practices
Joining ESXi to a Domain
Local User Management and Policies
First look at the VMware vSphere Host Client
Chapter 3 – Advanced Networking
Use vSwitch Security policies to defend against malicious VM network activity
Explain and implement all five physical NIC team policies
Improve network health and fault detection by using Beaconing
How to enable and test Jumbo Frames
Chapter 3.1 – 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
Chapter 4 – Connecting to and Using 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
Chapter 5 – 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
Use and update VMware Host Client
Chapter 6 – vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client
The need for Identity Source management
Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance with 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 ESXi hosts into vCenter management
Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation Web Client
Chapter 7 – 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
Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory
Chapter 8 – ESXi and vCenter Permission Model
VMware Security model
Configuring local users
Managing local permissions
vCenter security model
Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
How permissions are applied
Chapter 9 – 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
Chapter 9.1 – Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps
Explain Physical and Virtual Raw Device Maps (RDMs)
Use cases for Raw Device Maps
How Raw Device Maps work with VM cold, VMotion and Storage VMotion migrations
Using RDMs to implement Virtual and Virtual/Physical Microsoft Fail Over Clusters
Chapter 10 – 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 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
VMFS performance considerations
VMFS scalability and reliability
Chapter 11 – Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms
Alarm categories and definitions
Creating custom alarms and actions
Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them
Configure vCenter so it can send E-mail and SNMP alerts
Work with alarm conditions, triggers and actions
Identify most useful alarms to review and enable
Chapter 12 – 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
Chapter 13 – VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion
Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
Hot Migrations with VMotion
VMotion requirements and dependencies
How VMotion works – detailed explanation
How to test ESXi hosts and VMs for VMotion compatibility
Troubleshooting VMotion
Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
Chapter 14 – Distributed Resource Scheduling Load Balanced Clusters
CPU and Memory resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
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
Chapter 15 – Continuous VM Availability with Fault Tolerance
High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
VMware High Availability clusters
How VMware HA protects against ESXi host, storage network and SAN volume failures
Introduction to VMware Fault Tolerance
Chapter 15.1 – Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters
How Fault Tolerance provides continuous VM availability during ESXi host, storage network and SAN storage failures
How to configure ESXi hosts and networks to enable Fault Tolerance
How to configure, enable and monitor Fault Tolerance on VMs
Managing Fault Tolerance protected VMs
Fault Tolerance scalability, performance and limitations
Chapter 16 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager
Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
Establishing a patch baseline
Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts
Chapter 17 – Distributed Virtual Switches
Features and benefits of dvSwitches vs. Standard vSwitches
How to create a new dvSwitches
Role of dvUplink ports and dvSwitch Port Groups
Migrating physical NICs to dvSwitches
Migrating VMs and VMkernel ports to dvSwitches
Chapter 18 – 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
Chapter 19 – Final Thoughts
Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
Determining which workloads to consolidate
Other considerations

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