Overview

In this two-day course, you focus on building skills in configuring and performing common administrator and end-user tasks with VMware vSAN™ 6.7. You gain practical experience with vSAN production operations through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.

Prerequisites

This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] course
  • Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices

Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [v6.x] course or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable.

  • The course presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling:
  • Use VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server® objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Create and modify a standard switch
  • Connect a VMware ESXi™ host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
  • Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®

Delegates will learn how to

  • Describe vSAN host operations
  • Discuss vSAN networking requirements
  • Define the tasks involved in hardware replacement in a vSAN cluster
  • Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
  • Describe common vSAN maintenance operations
  • Define the tasks required for updating and upgrading vSAN
  • Describe vSAN security operations
  • Configure a key management server (KMS) cluster
  • Configure vSAN storage policies and observe the effects of a cluster-wide change
  • Explain vSAN resilience and availability features
  • Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks
  • Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance

Outline

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2 vSAN Host and Hardware Operations

  • Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
  • Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning
  • Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
  • Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
  • Recognize the benefits of using VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
  • Compare the benefits of NIC teaming and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
  • Plan appropriately for networking configuration changes
  • Identify ESXCLI commands and namespace options
  • Recognize how to use ESXCLI commands for troubleshooting vSAN software and hardware issues
  • Use Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) to get detailed information about the vSAN environment

3 vSAN Data Availability Operations

  • Describe vSAN storage policies
  • Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change
  • Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option
  • Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster
  • Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures
  • Recognize the importance of backing up data in vSAN
  • Describe the VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Data Protection framework
  • Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster

4 vSAN Cluster Maintenance

  • Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
  • Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options
  • Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode
  • Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode
  • Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters
  • Migrate vSAN to a new vCenter Server instance
  • Use best practices for boot devices Upgrade and update vSAN
  • Replace vSAN hardware by using scale-in and scale-out strategies

5 vSAN Security Operations

  • Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption
  • Recognize how to perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
  • Identify steps in adding an existing encrypted vSAN cluster to a new vCenter Server instance

6 vSAN Monitoring and Performance

  • Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve products and services
  • Identify the vSAN tools and health checks available for monitoring vSAN health
  • Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Client
  • Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues
  • Describe the vSAN tools and services that monitor vSAN performance
  • Use performance views to access metrics for monitoring vSAN clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Explain how the writing of data generates I/O traffic and affects vSAN performance
  • Use performance metrics to analyze the vSAN environment

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