Overview

In this three-day workshop, students perform various tasks that a system administrator performs on a regular basis. These tasks include updating and upgrading an existing basic VMware vSphere® environment and troubleshooting common problems. Students apply the concepts learned during the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7] course while they increase their skill and competence.

Product Alignment

  • ESXi 6.7
  • vCenter Server 6.7

Prerequisites

Completion of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7] course

Delegates will learn how to

  • Explore VMware vSphere® Distributed SwitchTM configuration options
  • Construct a vSphere Distributed Switch for VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VM Traffic
  • Discuss vSphere storage concepts
  • Differentiate between VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Construct an iSCSI VMkernel Interface on a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Create VMFS datastores
  • Describe the architecture and requirements of vSAN configuration
  • Explain how to create and use vSAN disk groups and storage policies
  • Discuss vSphere vMotion migration workflow
  • Discuss VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migration workflow
  • Complete virtual machine storage migrations
  • Automate virtual machine migrations using VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource SchedulerTM
  • Configure vSphere DRS groups and rules
  • Discuss VMware vCenter Server® migration paths
  • Complete a migration of Windows vCenter Server to VMware vCenter® Server ApplianceTM
  • Discuss VMware vSphere® Update ManagerTM concepts
  • Perform VMware ESXiTM hosts upgrades using vSphere Update Manager
  • Employ host profiles to configure an ESXi host
  • Configure VMware vSphere® High Availability
  • Demonstrate the ESXi Cluster Quickstart feature
  • Create a content library
  • Create a virtual machine template
  • Create customization specifications
  • Deploy a virtual machine from a template in the content library
  • Clone virtual machines
  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance backup
  • Restore a vCenter Server Appliance from a backup
  • Forward vCenter Server Appliance log files to Remote Syslog Server
  • Configure VMware vCenter Server® High Availability

Outline

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Overview of modules and course objectives

2 vSphere Networking

  • Describe vSphere Distributed Switch architecture
  • Create and configure a vSphere Distributed Switch for virtual machine and vMotion traffic
  • Migrate vSphere networking interfaces to a vSphere Distributed Switch

3 vSphere Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and iSCSI storage components
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI
  • Describe vSAN disk groups and storage policies

4 vSphere vMotion

  • Perform vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Use vSphere DRS clusters to improve host scalability
  • View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure DRS groups and rules

5 vSphere Upgrade

  • Discus vCenter Server migration paths and steps
  • Migrate and upgrade vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the update of ESXi hosts

6 vSphere Cluster Operations

  • Add ESXi hosts to vCenter Server
  • Describe and use host profiles
  • Customize ESXi host configuration
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Create and customize a cluster using the Quickstart workflow
  • Configure VMware vSAN™ in a cluster

7 Virtual Machine Management

  • Define and use content libraries
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine

8 Native Features of vCenter Server Appliance

  • Access and configure the vCenter Server Appliance management interface
  • Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule
  • Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup
  • Configure vCenter Server High Availability

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