VMware vSphere: What's New v5.5 to v6.7

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server� 6.7 and VMware ESXi� 6.7. Real-world use-case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere� 6.7. This course is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.7 into their existing vSphere environment.

Audience

System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures

Prerequisites

This course requires completion of one the following courses or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with VMware ESX�/ESXi and vCenter Server:

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

VMware vSphere: Fast Track

VMware vSphere: What�s New

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting

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Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

List and describe the importance of key features and enhancements in vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7

Use VMware vSphere� Client�, VMware Host Client�, and the VMware vCenter� Server Appliance� shell to view and configure the vSphere environment

Migrate a Windows vCenter Server system to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7

Determine the proper upgrade path for a vCenter Server instance, and upgrade vCenter Server to version 6.7 Use the appropriate method to upgrade an ESXi host

Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts across vCenter Server instances

Deploy virtual machines from a content library

Increase ESXi security by enabling lockdown mode on an ESXi host

Upgrade virtual machines to the latest virtual hardware and VMware Tools� version

Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of the underlying storage hardware

Create storage policies, and use them with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores

Register a key management server with vCenter Server, and create an encrypted virtual machine

Create a distributed switch, and use VMware vSphere� Network I/O Control to allocate bandwidth for a virtual machine

Activate VMware vCenter Server� High Availability

1 Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics

Course objectives

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2 Management Enhancements

Differentiate the vSphere clients

Use vSphere Client to view the vSphere environment

Use VMware Host Client to view the vSphere environment

Describe the vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance

Describe how to back up and restore vCenter Server Appliance

Explain how to patch vCenter Server Appliance

Describe the new features of vSphere 6.7

Summarize the purpose of content libraries in a vSphere environment

Discuss the vSphere requirements for content libraries

Create a local content library

Subscribe to a published content library

Deploy virtual machines from a content library

Describe how vCenter Server High Availability works

Describe how VMware Platform Services Controller� high availability works

Configure vCenter Server High Availability

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3 vCenter Architecture Upgrade and Migration

Describe the new architecture features of vCenter Server

Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration, based on your requirements Determine the appropriate upgrade path for a vCenter Server deployment

Upgrade a vCenter Server Appliance instance to vCenter Server 6.7

Determine the appropriate migration path for a vCenter Server deployment

Describe the new migration features of vCenter Server 6.7

Migrate Windows vCenter Server 5.5 to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7

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4�ESXI�Upgrade and Enhancements

Determine the appropriate upgrade method for an ESXi host

Describe the procedure for upgrading an ESXi 5.5, 6.0, or 6.5 host to an ESXi 6.7 host

Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance

Discuss the additional features to support hotplug and SMART solid-state drives

Describe the new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5

Describe the vSphere 6.7 Quick Boot feature

Describe the VMware vSphere� Update Manager� EAM integration

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5 Virtual Machine Enhancements

Discuss how virtual hardware 11, 13, and 14 extend virtual machine resource configurations

Describe how the VMXNET3 adapter optimizes network traffic

Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.x

Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere� Integrated Containers�

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6 Storage Enhancements

Describe vSphere 6.x support for NFS

Describe the VMFS6 datastore

Describe the upgrade procedure from VMFS5 to VMFS6

Describe the VMFS6 enhancements in vSphere 6.7 � Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes

Describe per-virtual machine, policy-based policy management

Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through VMware vSphere� API for Storage Awareness�

Describe how VMware vSphere� Virtual Volumes� is used with Windows Server Failover Clustering� Describe the VMware vSAN� enhancements in the following areas:

�� o Scalability

�� o Performance

�� o Availability

�� o Space efficiency

�� o Operational o Usability

Describe the interoperability enhancements to VMware vSphere� Storage DRS� and VMware vSphere� Storage I/O Control

Describe the enhancements to vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control that�improve�adherence to configured maximums and reservations

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7 Security Enhancements

Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings

Describe the addition of smart-card authentication

Explain the changes that enhance user accountability

Plan for secure boot support for ESXi hosts

Describe the security enhancements

Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms and vSphere logging

Describe the vSphere 6.7 features for monitoring vCenter Server Appliance

Use encryption in your vSphere environment

Encrypt virtual machines

Explain how to back up encrypted virtual machines

Encrypt core dumps

Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion migration�

Describe the virtual TPM feature in vSphere 6.7

List the core security modules that are part of VMware Platform Services Controller�

List the VMware certificate management components

Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.0

Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component

Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component

Define VMware CA certificate replacement options

Describe ESXi certificate replacement options

Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

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8 Network Enhancements

Use Network I/O Control

Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3

Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere� Distributed Switch�

Configure bandwidth allocation for�system�and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservation� Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.0

Explain how the gateway per�vmknic�feature works and how it is configured

Explain the new ERSPAN headers supported in vSphere 6.5 and how they are configured

Describe the areas where performance improvements were made in vSphere 6.5

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9 Availability Enhancements

Describe the TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion that was introduced in vSphere 6.0

Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible

Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances

Explain how VMware vSphere� Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6.0 supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs

Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state

Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined

Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down (APD) and permanent device lost (PDL) conditions

Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA

Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA

Explain the enhancement of vSphere HA admission control in vSphere 6.5

Describe the improvement of vSphere HA orchestrated restarts