vSphere ICM v6.5 for the Real World

Course Overview

Our Epic LIVE online instructor delivered class features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Instructor: Russ Long,
VCP-DCV, CCNA

vSphere Real World Demo

 

Skills Learned

At the end of the online training course, you should gain an understanding of the functionality in vSphere 6.5 and be able to do the following:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure standard switch policies

Who Should Attend This Course

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server

Prerequisites

  • None. System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems is highly recommended.

Course Outline

*Course Outline is subject to change

1. Introduction to virtualization

  • Basics
  • Topology
  • Software
  • Interfaces
  • Inventory Objects
  • Server Plugins
  • Advantages/ Disadvantages
  • Overview of Features
  • Licensing
  • What’s New

2. ESXi Installation

  • Requirements
  • Preparation
  • ESXi Set up
  • Post installation
  • vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance Installation
  • Server vs. Appliance
  • Embedded vs. External
  • Server
  • Appliance
  • Appliance Migration Tool

4. Virtual Machines

  • Basics of Virtual Machines
  • Deployment
  • Templates
  • Content Libraries
  • Hardware
  • Options
  • NVMe
  • vSphere App
  • Solutions Manager
  • Management
  • VMware tools
  • VM Migration

5. Networking

  • Networking basics
  • vSwitches
  • VMKernel Groups
  • Port Groups
  • Security polices
  • Load Balancing and Failover
  • Backing up Network Configurations
  • Network Policies
  • RDMA
  • IPv6
  • Best Practices

6. Storage

  • Storage basics
  • ESXi SAN implementations
  • ESXi Fibre Channel
  • ESXi iSCSi
  • ESXi NFS
  • Flash Devices
  • Multipathing and Failover
  • Datastores
  • Raw device Mapping
  • Virtual Volumes
  • I/O filtering
  • Hardware Accleration
  • Thick and Thin
  • Vmkfstools
  • Storage providers
  • Storage Polices

7. Security

  • Basic Security
  • SSO
  • Certificates
  • Permissions
  • Hardening (best practices)
  • Boot Secure
  • Enhanced logging
  • Encrypted vMotion

8. Resource Allocation

  • Basics of Resource Allocation
  • Settings
  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Clustering
  • NUMA
  • Attributes
  • Fault Definitions

9. Host Profiles

  • Create
  • Attach
  • Detach
  • Compliance
  • Remediation
  • Profile Management
  • DRS integration, parallel host remediation, audit quality improvements
  • Business Continuity
  • HA Clusters
  • Fault Tolerance

11. Monitoring and Performance

  • Charts
  • Web Client
  • Guest OS
  • Host Health
  • Events, Alarms, Automation
  • vCenter Solutions
  • Health of Nodes and Services
  • Resxtop and esxtop
  • Vimtop
  • SNMP
  • Syslog

12. Upgrade Process

  • Introduction to the upgrade process
  • Requirements
  • Prerequisites
  • vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • vCenter Server to Appliance Migration
  • Hosts
  • VMs
  • Datastores
  • Update Manager

13. Troubleshooting

  • Overview
  • VMs
  • Hosts
  • vCenter Server
  • Availability
  • Resources
  • Storage
  • Networking

14. Virtual VSAN

  • Introduction
  • Requirements for vsan
  • Design and sizing
  • Preparation
  • Creation vsan cluster
  • Stretching across datastores
  • Policies
  • Monitoring
  • Failures and troubleshooting
  • ISCSi Support

15. Redundancy and Data Protection

  • vSphere Replication
  • Data Protection