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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale (v5.5)




In this course, you'll learn how to configure and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.


  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere® environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Shell and VMware vSphere Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
  • Experienced system administrators
  • Systems engineers and integrators

The courses below or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server. Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

 

2. VMware Management Resources

  • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
  • Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
  • Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

 

3. Performance in a Virtualized Environment

  • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
  • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

 

4. Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  • Explain distributed switch features such as PVLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, and NetFlow

 

5. Network Optimization

  • Explain the performance features of network adapters
  • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  • Monitor key network performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
  • Troubleshoot common network performance problems

 

6. Storage Scalability

  • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Configure profile-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control

 

7. Storage Optimization

  • Diagnose storage access problems
  • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Explain vSphere Flash Read Cache
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

 

8. CPU Optimization

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

 

9. Memory Optimization

  • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

 

10. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization

  • Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere High Availability admission control policies
  • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
  • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

 

11. Host and Management Scalability

  • Explain VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management
  • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI to perform vSphere administrative tasks
  • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image

 

Labs
Five days of instructor-led training

  • 60% lecture, 40% hands-on lab
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