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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (V5.5)

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which comprises VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter™ Server™. This course is based on ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and approximately 60% of class time is devoted to completing 24 hands-on labs. Completion of this course fulfills the prerequisite for the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV).

  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance
  • Deploy a vCenter Server Appliance™
  • Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
  • Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
  • Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion®
  • Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Manage access control using vCenter Server
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability, VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ using vCenter Server
  • Apply patches using VMware vCenter Update Manager™
  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of virtual data center concepts comparable to those needed for VCA-DCV certification

1. Virtualized Data Center

  • Introduce components of the virtualized data center
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Introduce VMware vCenter Single Sign-on
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client


2. Creating Virtual Machines

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


3. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses


4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms


5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

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


6. Virtual Machine Management

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


7. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory


8. Resource Management and Monitoring

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


9. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Describe VMware vSphere Replication


10. Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and DRS together


11. Patch Management

  • Use vCenter Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install vCenter Update Manager and the vCenter Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts


12. Installing VMware Components

  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)


Lab 1: Installing VMware vSphere GUIs

  • Access Your Student Desktop System
  • Install the vSphere Client


Lab 2: Configuring VMware ESXi

  • Connect to an ESXi Host with the vSphere Web 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


Lab 3: Working with Virtual Machines

  • Create a Virtual Machine
  • Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
  • Identify a Virtual Machine's Disk Format and Usage Statistics
  • Install VMware Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows Operating System
  • Prepare the Virtual Machine for Upcoming Labs


Lab 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


Lab 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


Lab 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


Lab 7: Creating Folders in VMware vCenter Server

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


Lab 8: Standard Switches

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


Lab 9: Accessing iSCSI Storage

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


Lab 10: Accessing NFS Storage

  • Configure Access to NFS Datastores
  • View NFS Storage Information


Lab 11: Managing VMware vSphere VMFS

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


Lab 12: Using Templates and Clones

  • Copy Sysprep Files to the vCenter Server Instance
  • Create a Template
  • Create Customization Specifications
  • Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template
  • Clone a Virtual Machine that is Powered On


Lab 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


Lab 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 vSphere vMotion Migration to a Local Datastore


Lab 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


Lab 16: Managing VMware vSphere vApps

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


Lab 17: User Permissions

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


Lab 18: Resource Pools

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


Lab 19: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

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


Lab 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


Lab 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


Lab 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 the vSphere FT Protection


Lab 23: VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Create Load Imbalance
  • Create a DRS Cluster
  • Verify Proper 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


Lab 24: 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
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