VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V6.7]

This two-day training course is for operators and administrators who create and manage virtual machines. This course provides you with an understanding of VMware virtual machine features in VMware vSphere® 6.7. By combining lecture and hands-on labs, you gain the skills required to work effectively with VMware virtual machines.

Target audience: Technical professionals with system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using VMware ESXi™ and vCenter Server.

This course has the following prerequisites:

• System administration experience on Microsoft, Linux, and Solaris

• Understanding of basic network and storage concepts

Language: English


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

• Describe virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components

• Describe the concepts of server, network, storage, and desktop virtualization

• Deploy, configure, clone, and manage virtual machines

• Use VMware vCenter Server® to monitor virtual machine resource usage

• Use VMware vSphere®vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®to migrate virtual machines

• Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ and VMware vSphere® High Availability to optimize the performance of your vSphere virtual environment

1 Course Introduction

• Introductions and course logistics

• Course objectives


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


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

• Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory

• Add data center and organizational objects to vCenter Server

• Add hosts to vCenter Server

• Discuss how to create custom inventory tags for inventory objects

• Monitor VMware vCenter® Server ApplianceTM

• Monitor vCenter Server Appliance for service and disk space usage

• Use vSphere alarms for resource exhaustion and service failures


5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

• Describe the virtual switch connection types

• Configure and view standard switch configurations, such as virtual machine port group, VMkernel port, VLAN, and security features

• List the features comparison of standard and distributed switches


6 Virtual Storage

• Describe vSphere storage technologies and datastores


7 Virtual Machine Management

• Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

• Enable guest operating system customization by vCenter Server

• Upgrade a virtual machine’s hardware

• Perform an instant clone of a VM

• Describe virtual machine settings and options

• Add a hot-pluggable device

• Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk

• Add a raw device mapping (RDM) to a virtual machine

• Perform a vSphere vMotion migration

• Perform a vSphere Storage vMotion migration


8 Resource Management and Monitoring

• Use the performance-tuning methodology and resource monitoring tools

• Use performance charts to view and improve performance

• Monitor the key factors that can affect the virtual machine’s performance: CPU, memory, disk, and network bandwidth use

• Create alarms with condition-based triggers

• Create alarms with event-based triggers

• View and acknowledge triggered alarms


9 vSphere HA

• Describe the options that you can configure to make your vSphere environment highly available 

• Discuss the response of vSphere HA when an ESXi host, a virtual machine, or an application fails


10 vSphere DRS

• Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster 

• Create a vSphere DRS cluster

• View information about a vSphere DRS cluster

• Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

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