VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5]



In this course, you will learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. You will learn how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for all sizes of organizations. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

  • System administrators
  • System engineers
System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
Learning Objectives
  • Software-defined data center
  • vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Configure standard switch policies
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export a vApp
  • 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 esxtop to identify and solve performance issues��
  • VMware vSphere High Availability cluster architecture
  • Configure vSphere HA
  • Manage vSphere HA 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 VMware vSphere Update Manager� to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
1. Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Content of this course
  • A complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Additional resources
2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
  • Topology of a physical data center
  • vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Files and components of virtual machines
  • Benefits of using virtual machines
  • Similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • Purpose of ESXi
  • Purpose of vCenter Server
  • Software-defined data center
  • Private, public, and hybrid clouds
3. Creating Virtual Machines
  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Files that make up a virtual machine
  • Latest virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Importance of VMware Tools�
  • PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
  • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Virtual machine disk format
4. vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Back up and restore vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • vSphere HA architectures and features
  • New vSphere authentication proxy
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients
5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Create and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Virtual switch connection types
  • New TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Use VLANs with standard switches
6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
  • Storage protocols and storage device types
  • ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • New features of VMFS 6.5
  • vSAN
  • Guest file encryption
7. Virtual Machine Management
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Clone a virtual machine
  • Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
  • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
  • Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
8. Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Virtual machine over commitment and resource competition
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Deploy resource pools
  • Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Expandable reservations
  • Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance
9. vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data
  • vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
  • Enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
10. vSphere DRS
  • Functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • New capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
  • Evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI and VMware vSphere Auto Deploy capabilities
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
11. vSphere Update Manager
  • New vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine, and vApp patching
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts