In this five-day course, you focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware Cloud Director™ 10.x. You learn about workload provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers (VDCs), catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks. This course also covers interfacing VMware Cloud Director with other systems and the integration and use of VMware Cloud Director Availability™. You also learn how to manage multisite, cross-VDC networking, and configuring Central Point of Management (CPOM) to define a Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) for a tenant and provider users of VMware Cloud Director. This course also discusses how to monitor various VMware Cloud Director objects using VMware vRealize® OperationsTM and discusses administering tenant facing applications using vRealize® Operations Tenant AppTM.

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Completion of the following course is required:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage or equivalent knowledge
  • Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.

Customers, cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in managed services or managing a service provider environment

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Delegates will learn how to

  • Deploy VMware Cloud Director
  • Manage VMware Cloud Director to meet the service provider needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director organizations and vApps to fulfill business needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director catalogs
  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of VMware Cloud Director
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of VMware NSX-T™ Data Center and VMware NSX® Data Center for vSphere™ Discuss customer onboarding scenario using VMware Cloud Availability for on premises-to-cloud workload migration
  • Enable a layer 2 stretched network that spans across multiple VMware Cloud Director sites and organization VDCs within the same site
  • Manage resources from the VMWare Cloud Director console and use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • Manage a dedicated VMware vCenter Server® and publish proxies to the tenant
  • Onboard developer applications to the tenant using VMware Cloud Director® App Launchpad™
  • Enable VM and Named Disk Encryption
  • Create VM sizing and placement policies
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1 Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives

2 Software-Defined Data Center and VMware Validated Design
• Define Software-Defined Data Center
• Discuss VMware offerings for Cloud-Based Services
• Understand the main components of the Software-Defined Data Center
• Discuss the deployment options for vCloud Director
• Discuss VMware Validated Design™
• Recognize the design considerations when creating a cloud environment on the SDDC

3 Deploying and Configuring VMware Cloud Director
• Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director
• Explain different deployment options of VMware Cloud Director.
• Define automatic failover, switchover, and fencing in the VMware Cloud Director appliance
• Describe the API-only supported features of the VMware Cloud Director appliance
• Familiarize with the multiple API endpoints of the VMware Cloud Director appliance

4 VMware Cloud Director Provider and Tenant
• Describe how the compute resources are provided to VMware Cloud Director
• Describe how storage is provided to VMware Cloud Director
• Configure and manage storage for Virtual Datacenters (VDCs)
• Discuss the use of External Networks
• Describe VMware Cloud Director organizations
• Describe the purpose of VMware Cloud Director organizations
• Configure organizations
• Enumerate organization policies
• Allocate resources to an organization
• Discuss Cloud Director organizations
• Create Cloud Director organizations
• Understand organization policies
• How to access an organization using various portals
• Understand organization VDC
• Discuss what is linked clone and fast provisioning
• Explore cross datastore provisioning

5 User Access Control
• User bundle and role-based access control
• Describe role-based access
• Create custom security roles
• Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
• Describe single sign-on
• Enable a SAML identity provider
• Describe two-factor authentication
• Discuss user-bundle and role-based access control

6 Working with Virtual Machines
• Discuss the use of virtual machines
• Create a standalone VM
• Perform VM operations
• Manage VM properties
• Discuss the use of App Launchpad
• Onboard applications using App Launchpad

7 Working with vApps
• Create and manage vApps
• Deploy a vApp using various methods
• Build a vApp using best practices
• Discuss the vApp lease policies
• Discuss the implications of deleting a VM that has a named disk attached to it
• Describe VM encryption
• Discuss how VMware Cloud Director VMs and disks are encrypted
• Demonstrate how to use VM sizing and placement policies

8 Managing Catalogs and Templates
• Explain the purpose of catalogs and how to create a catalog organization.
• Manage catalogs
• Share catalogs
• Discuss vApp templates
• Describe the purpose and usage of Open Virtualization Format (OVF) and Custom vApp or VM Properties
• Define Catalog management and sharing catalogs inside and between organizations

9 VMware Cloud Director Networking
• Discuss Container Service Extension
• Discuss organization VDC networks
• List the types of organization VDC networks
• Describe the edge gateway services
• Explain NSX Datacenter for vSphere architecture
• Discuss NSX-T Datacenter architecture
• List the enhanced VMware NSX-T Data Center supported features of VMware Cloud Director
• Explore the services offered by the edge services gateway
• Recognize the sub-allocation IP pool and its use cases
• Discuss DHCP, NAT, and high availability services on the edge services gateway
• Recognize SNAT and DNAT use cases
• Explain load balancing, routing, and distributed firewall services
• Create and manage vApp networks
• List the various types of vApp networks
• Discuss vApp fencing
• Discuss routed, isolated, and direct vApp networks

10 Advanced Networking
• Describe the multisite feature in Cloud Director
• Associate Cloud Director sites
• Associate organizations
• Access multiple sites from a single user interface
• Configure cross-VDC networking and L2 stretched networks
• Configure data center groups
• Explain the main usage and purpose of the NSX Migration of Cloud Director tool
• Explain the environmental prerequisites and how to prepare the edge cluster for bridging

11 Additional Features
• Discuss multisite deployments
• Configure cross VDC networking
• Define SDDC
• Familiarize with SDDC and SDDC proxy
• Discuss enhanced CPOM through the tenant portal
• Discuss architecture for vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
• Discuss vCloud Availability for vCloud Director portal
• Review fail-over Virtual Machine options
• Discuss on premises-to-cloud migration
• Discuss enhanced CPOM through the tenant portal
• Integrate vRealize Orchestrator with Cloud Director.
• Execute Cloud Director workflows using vRealize Orchestrator.
• Integrate vCloud Availability with Cloud Director
• Understand Container Service Extension

12 Resource Monitoring and Feature Preview
• Identify log locations for vCloud Director
• Manage vSphere resources from vCloud Director
• Manage cloud resources from vCloud Director
• Understand monitoring of objects from VMware Cloud Director HTML5 Portal
• Briefly introduce vRealize Operations Manager
• Integrate VMware Cloud Director with vRealize Operations Manager
• Configure Cloud Director Management Pack
• Understand dashboard, metrics, alerts, alert definition, and reports
• Introduce VMware vRealize Operations Tenant App
• Integrate VMware Cloud Director with Tenant App
• Configure Tenant App with VMware Cloud Director
• Monitoring and billing objects with Tenant App
• List the upcoming features

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