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VMware vSphere: Fast Track (V5.5)

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware® vSphere® 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Approximately 40% of class time is devoted to completing hands-on labs.

This fast-track course satisfies the courseware requirement for the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam, and it includes one VCP5-DCV exam voucher.

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use policy-driven storage and VMware vSphere Storage DRS™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vCenter Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
  • Experienced system administrators
  • Experienced system integrators
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives


2. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings


3. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine


4. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Using the VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configuring VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses


5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group


6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware® Virtual SAN™ datastores


7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™


8. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory


9. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage


10. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication


11. Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring


12. Host Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together


1. Installing VMware vSphere GUIs

  • Access Your Student Desktop System
  • Install the vSphere Client


2. Configuring VMware ESXi

  • Connect to an ESXi Host with the vSphere Client
  • View the Host Hardware Configuration
  • Configure the DNS and Routing Information for an ESXi Host
  • Configure an ESXi Host as an NTP Client
  • Configure an ESXi Host to Use Directory Services


3. Working with Virtual Machines

  • Create a Virtual Machine
  • Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
  • Identify a Virtual Machine Disk Format and Usage Statistics
  • Install Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows Operating System


4. Configuring VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance for First Use
  • Install vSphere License Keys
  • Create a vCenter Server Inventory Data Center Object
  • Add Your ESXi Host to the vCenter Server Inventory


5. Using the VMware vSphere Web Client

  • Install the Client Integration Plug-In
  • Navigate the vSphere Web Client
  • Pin and Unpin Panes
  • Hide the Getting Started Tabs
  • Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware


6. Configuring VMware vCenter Single Sign-On

  • Use the Web Console to Configure vCenter Server Appliance to Use Directory Services
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to Add the Domain Admins Group to Administrators


7. Creating Folders in VMware vCenter Server

  • Create a Host Folder Object
  • Create Two Virtual Machine Folders


8. Standard Switches

  • View the Current Standard Switch Configuration
  • Create a Standard Switch with a Virtual Machine Port Group
  • Attach a Virtual Machine to a Virtual Machine Port Group


9. Accessing iSCSI Storage

  • Add a VMkernel Port Group to a Standard Switch
  • Configure the iSCSI Software Adapter


10. Accessing NFS Storage

  • Configure Access to NFS Datastores
  • View NFS Storage Information


11. Managing VMware vSphere VMFS

  • Change the Name of a VMFS Datastore
  • Review the Shared Storage Configuration
  • Create a VMFS Datastore
  • Expand a VMFS Datastore to Consume Unused Space on a LUN
  • Remove a VMFS Datastore
  • Extend a VMFS Datastore


12. Using Templates and Clones

  • Copy Sysprep Files to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create a Virtual Machine Template
  • Create Customization Specifications
  • Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template
  • Clone a Virtual Machine That Is Powered On


13. Modifying a Virtual Machine

  • Increase the Size of a VMDK File
  • Adjust Memory Allocation on a Virtual Machine
  • Rename a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Add a Raw LUN to a Virtual Machine
  • Expand a Thin-Provisioned Virtual Disk


14. Migrating Virtual Machines

  • Migrate Virtual Machine Files with vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Create a Virtual Switch and a VMkernel Port Group for vSphere vMotion Migration
  • Verify That Your ESXi Host Meets vSphere vMotion Requirements
  • Verify That Your Virtual Machines Meet vSphere vMotion Requirements
  • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration of a Virtual Machine on a Shared Datastore
  • Perform a Cross-Host vSphere Storage vMotion Migration to a Local Datastore


15. Managing Virtual Machines

  • Unregister a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Register a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Unregister and Delete Virtual Machines from Disk
  • Take Snapshots of a Virtual Machine
  • Revert to a Snapshot
  • Delete an Individual Snapshot
  • Use the Delete All Function in Snapshot Manager


16. Managing VMware vSphere vApps

  • Create a vApp
  • Power on a vApp
  • Remove a vApp


17. User Permissions

  • Create a Custom Role in vCenter Server
  • Assign Permissions on vCenter Server Inventory Objects
  • Verify Permission Usability


18. Resource Pools

  • Create CPU Contention
  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Test
  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Prod
  • Verify Resource Pool Functionality


19. Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

  • Create CPU Activity
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to Monitor CPU Utilization
  • Undo Changes to the Virtual Machines


20. Using Alarms

  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm That Monitors for a Condition
  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm That Monitors for an Event
  • Trigger Virtual Machine Alarms and Acknowledge the Alarms
  • Disable Virtual Machine Alarms


21. Using VMware vSphere High Availability

  • Create a Cluster Enabled for vSphere HA
  • Add Your ESXi Host to a Cluster
  • Test vSphere HA Functionality
  • Determine the vSphere HA Cluster Resource Usage
  • Manage vSphere HA Slot Size
  • Configure a vSphere HA Cluster with Strict Admission Control


22. Configuring VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Prepare the Virtual Machine
  • Enable the vSphere FT Logging
  • Activate the vSphere FT Protection
  • Test the vSphere FT Configuration
  • Disable and Turn Off vSphere FT Protection


23. VMware vSphere Distributed Switches

  • Power On a Virtual Machine and Test Network Connectivity
  • Create a Distributed Switch
  • Examine the Distributed Switch Configuration
  • Migrate the Virtual Machines to a Distributed Switch Port Group
  • Verify Network Connectivity
  • Complete the Network Migration


24. Port Mirroring

  • Back Up the Distributed Switch Configuration
  • Prepare to Capture Mirrored Network Traffic
  • Configure Port Mirroring on the Distributed Switch
  • Capture Traffic Using Port Mirroring
  • Restore the Distributed Switch Configuration


25. VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Create a Load Imbalance
  • Create a vSphere DRS Cluster
  • Verify Proper vSphere DRS Cluster Functionality
  • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-VM Affinity Rule
  • Create, Test, and Disable an Anti-Affinity Rule
  • Create, Test, and Disable a Virtual Machines to Hosts Affinity Rule


26. Host Profiles

  • Create a Host Profile
  • Attach Student B's ESXi Host to the Host Profile
  • Run an Initial Compliance Check
  • Perform an Initial Remediation
  • Introduce a Configuration Drift
  • Run a Compliance Check and Remediate the Configuration Drift
  • Introduce a Second Configuration Drift
  • Run a Compliance Check and Try to Remediate the Host
  • Verify the Remediation and Detach the Host Profile


27. Policy-Based Storage

  • Label Datastores for Use by Policy-Driven Storage
  • Use vSphere Storage vMotion to Migrate a Virtual Machine to the Gold Datastore
  • Configure Storage Tags
  • Assign Storage Tags
  • Create Virtual Machine Storage Policies
  • Assign Storage Policies to Virtual Machines


28. Managing Datastore Clusters

  • Create a Datastore Cluster with vSphere Storage DRS Enabled
  • Use Datastore Maintenance Mode to Evacuate a Datastore
  • Run vSphere Storage DRS and Apply Migration Recommendations


29. VMware vSphere Update Manager

  • Install vSphere Update Manager
  • Install the Update Manager Client Plug-In
  • Modify Cluster Settings
  • Configure vSphere Update Manager
  • Create a Patch Baseline
  • Attach a Baseline and Scan for Updates
  • Stage the Patches onto the ESXi Hosts
  • Remediate the ESXi Hosts


30. Using VMware vSphere Management Assistant

  • Enable SSH and vSphere ESXi Shell Services
  • Log In to the vSphere Management Assistant Appliance
  • Add the vCenter Server System and the ESXi Host as Target Servers
  • Use ESXCLI Commands to Query ESXi Host Properties
  • Use vmware-cmd Commands to Manage a Virtual Machine


31. Using VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Update a Host Profile to Enforce Stateless Caching
  • Create a Container for Autodeployed Hosts
  • Start the vSphere Auto Deploy Service
  • Open vSphere PowerCLI and Connect to the vCenter Server System
  • Create a Custom Image Profile
  • Create Deployment Rules
  • Configure DHCP
  • Start the TFTP Service on the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Review Autodeployment Preparation Steps
  • Prepare to Monitor ESXi Bootup During the Autodeploy Process
  • Reboot the ESXi Host and Monitor the Bootup Process
  • Use Host Profile Remediation to Customize the Autodeployed Host
  • Reboot the Host and Verify Stateless Caching
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