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VMware vSphere Fast Track v6.7

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 6.7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7.

Target audience: system engineers and administrators

This course has the following prerequisites: System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Language: English


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware Host Client™, VMware vSphere® Web Client, and VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere
  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Use vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a content library for deploying virtual machines
  • Manage virtual machine resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Describe the methods for protecting and recovering virtual machine data
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
  • Create virtual networks with VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ and enable distributed switch features
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Describe how vSphere storage APIs help storage systems integrate with vSphere
  • Configure and use virtual machine storage policies
  • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control and VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
  • Encrypt virtual machines for additional security

1 Course Introduction

• Introductions and course logistics

• Course objectives

• Describe the content of this course

• Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system

• Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone

• Identify additional resources


2 Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

• Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure

• Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage

• Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host

• Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions

• Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3

• Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning

• Install and configure ESXi host settings

• Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot


3 Creating Virtual Machines

• Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine

• Explain the importance of VMware Tools™

• Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template


4 vCenter Server

• Describe the vCenter Server architecture

• Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server

• Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance

• Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory

• Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server

• Create custom inventory tags

• Describe the rules for applying permissions

• Create a custom role in vCenter Server

• Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule

• Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup

• Monitor vCenter Server Appliance


5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

• Describe, create, and manage standard switches

• Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies

• Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

• Describe the virtual switch connection types

• Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture

• Use VLANs with standard switches


6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

• Identify storage protocols and storage device types

• Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

• Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores

• Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

• Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™


7 Virtual Machine Management

• Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

• Modify and manage virtual machines

• Create an instant clone of a virtual machine

• Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

• Add a hot-pluggable device

• Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk

• Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine

• Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

• Create and manage virtual machine snapshots


8 Resource Management and Monitoring

• Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment

• Describe what overcommitment of a resource means

• Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage

• Configure and manage resource pools

• Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

• Use various tools to monitor resource usage

• Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events


9 vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

• Explain the vSphere HA architecture

• Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

• Use vSphere HA advanced parameters

• Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover

• Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats

• Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance

• Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines

• Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN

• Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines

• Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication


10 vSphere DRS

• Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster

• Create a vSphere DRS cluster

• View information about a vSphere DRS cluster

• Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules

• Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster


11 Network Scalability

• Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches

• Explain distributed features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

• Configuring port mirroring on a distributed switch


12 vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

• Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager

• Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps

• Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration

• Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

• Describe and use host profiles


13 Storage Scalability

• Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

• Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies

• Configure vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control


14 Securing Virtual Machines

• Set up encryption in your vSphere environment

• Encrypt virtual machines

• Encrypt core dumps

• Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion

• Describe support for virtual machine security features, such as UEFI secure boot, vTPM, and virtualization-based security

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