VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track [V6.7]

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

This intense, hands-on, training course is a blend of the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale and VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting classes; it brings the best of each of these advanced courses into a single unique offering that equips experienced VMware administrators with the knowledge to effectively optimize and troubleshoot vSphere at an expert level. It also provides excellent preparation for a variety of vSphere certifications such as the VCP-DCV, VCAP-DCA, and the VCIX-DCV.

Audience

  • System administrators
  • System integrators
  • Legends

Prerequisites

Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server

Experience with working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

Learning Objectives

  • Configure and manage vSphere networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Use VMware vSphere� ESXi� Shell andVMware vSphere� Command-Line Interface to manage vSphere
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Use VMware vSphere� Client�, the command-line interface, and log files to diagnose and correct problems in vSphere
  • Troubleshoot networking, storage, VMware vCenter Server�, VMware ESXi� host, vSphere cluster, VMware vSphere� vMotion�, and virtual machine problems

  1. Course Introduction

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  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course goals and objectives

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2 Introduction to Troubleshooting

  • Identify the effects of a system problem
  • Define the scope of troubleshooting
  • Use a structured approach
  • Understand the principles of troubleshooting
  • Follow a logical troubleshooting procedure
  • Examine examples of troubleshooting

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3 Troubleshooting Tools

  • Use command-line tools to identify and troubleshoot problems
  • Use vSphere CLI
  • Find and interpret important log files
  • Use VMware vRealize� Log InsightTM for log aggregation, efficient log search, and problem analysis

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4 Network Optimization

  • Explain the performance features of network adapters
  • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  • Use�esxtop�to monitor key network performance metrics

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5 Networking Troubleshooting

  • Identify the symptoms of network-related problems
  • Analyze and resolve standard switch and distributed switch problems
  • Analyze virtual machine connectivity problems and fix them
  • Examine common management network connectivity problems and restore configurations
  • Identify and prevent potential problems

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6 Storage Optimization

  • Describe storage queue types and other factors that affect storage performance
  • Use�esxtop�to monitor key storage performance metrics

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7 Storage Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot storage (iSCSI, NFS, VMware vSphere� VMFS, VMware vSAN�, and VMware vSphere� Virtual Volumes�) connectivity problems
  • Analyze storage-related logs
  • Analyze hardware malfunction and software misconfiguration scenarios
  • Identify multipathing-related problems, including permanent device loss (PDL) and all paths down (APD)�� Analyze possible causes, recover from the faulty conditions, and restore storage visibility

8 CPU Optimization

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Explain NUMA and vNUMA support
  • Use�esxtop�to monitor key CPU performance metrics

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9 Memory Optimization

  • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Use�esxtop�to monitor key memory performance metrics

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10 vCenter Server Performance Optimization

  • Describe the factors that influence vCenter Server performance
  • Use VMware vCenter� Server Appliance� tools to monitor resource usage

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11 vSphere Cluster Troubleshooting

  • Identify and recover from problems related to VMware vSphere� High Availability
  • Analyze and troubleshoot various types of vSphere vMotion problems related to virtual machine migrations
  • Discuss and recover from VMware vSphere� Distributed Resource SchedulerTM problems to achieve proper function and balanced resource use
  • Examine vSphere cluster failure scenarios and possible solutions

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12 Virtual Machine Troubleshooting

  • Analyze and resolve common virtual machine snapshot problems
  • Identify possible causes and resolve virtual machine power-on problems
  • Troubleshoot virtual machine connection state problems
  • Resolve problems seen during VMware Tools� installations
  • Examine failure scenarios and provide solutions

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13 vSphere Security

  • Configure ESXi host access and authorization
  • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server and virtual machines � Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management
  • Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere� vMotion� migrations

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14 vCenter Server and ESXi Troubleshooting

  • Understand the vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller� architecture in vSphere 6.x
  • Identify and resolve authentication problems
  • Troubleshoot VMware Certificate Authority and certificate problems
  • Analyze and fix problems with vCenter Server services
  • Analyze and fix vCenter Server database problems
  • Identify VMware vCenter Server� High Availability problems
  • Examine ESXi host and vCenter Server failure scenarios and resolve the problems