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VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.7]

In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.7 and VMware ESXi™ 6.7. Real-world use-case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.7. This course is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.7 into their existing vSphere environment.

Target audience: System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures

Language: English

This course requires completion of one the following courses or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with VMware ESX®/ESXi and vCenter Server:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track
  • VMware vSphere: What’s New
  • VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting
  • Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

The course material presumes that you can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:

  • Install and configure ESX or ESXi
  • Install vCenter Server
  • Create vCenter Server objects, such as data centers and folders
  • Create and manage vCenter Server roles and permissions
  • Create and modify a standard switch
  • Create and modify a distributed switch
  • Connect an ESX/ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
  • Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
  • Enable VMware vSphere® vMotion® on an ESX/ESXi host
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  • Modify a virtual machine’s hardware
  • Migrate a virtual machine with vSphere vMotion
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster with resource pools
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster

If you cannot complete these tasks, VMware recommends that you instead take the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7] course.

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

  • List and describe the importance of key features and enhancements in vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™, VMware Host Client™, and the VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ shell to view and configure the vSphere environment
  • Migrate a Windows vCenter Server system to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7
  • Determine the proper upgrade path for a vCenter Server instance, and upgrade vCenter Server to version 6.7
  • Use the appropriate method to upgrade an ESXi host
  • Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts across vCenter Server instances
  • Deploy virtual machines from a content library
  • Increase ESXi security by enabling lockdown mode on an ESXi host
  • Upgrade virtual machines to the latest virtual hardware and VMware Tools™ version
  • Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of the underlying storage hardware
  • Create storage policies, and use them with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
  • Register a key management server with vCenter Server, and create an encrypted virtual machine
  • Create a distributed switch, and use VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control to allocate bandwidth for a virtual machine
  • Activate VMware vCenter Server® High Availability

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives


2 Management EnhancementsDifferentiate the vSphere clients

  • Use vSphere Client to view the vSphere environment
  • Use VMware Host Client to view the vSphere environment
  • Describe the vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Describe how to back up and restore vCenter Server Appliance
  • Explain how to patch vCenter Server Appliance
  • Describe the new features of vSphere 6.7
  • Summarize the purpose of content libraries in a vSphere environment
  • Discuss the vSphere requirements for content libraries
  • Create a local content library
  • Subscribe to a published content library
  • Deploy virtual machines from a content library
  • Describe how vCenter Server High Availability works
  • Describe how VMware Platform Services Controller™ high availability works
  • Configure vCenter Server High Availability
  • 3 vCenter Architecture Upgrade and Migration
  • Describe the new architecture features of vCenter Server
  • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration, based on your requirements
  • Determine the appropriate upgrade path for a vCenter Server deployment
  • Upgrade a vCenter Server Appliance instance to vCenter Server 6.7
  • Determine the appropriate migration path for a vCenter Server deployment
  • Describe the new migration features of vCenter Server 6.7
  • Migrate Windows vCenter Server 5.5 to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7

4 ESXI Upgrade and EnhancementsDetermine the appropriate upgrade method for an ESXi host

  • Describe the procedure for upgrading an ESXi 5.5, 6.0, or 6.5 host to an ESXi 6.7 host
  • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
  • Discuss the additional features to support hotplug and SMART solid-state drives
  • Describe the new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
  • Describe the vSphere 6.7 Quick Boot feature
  • Describe the VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ EAM integration

5 Virtual Machine EnhancementsDiscuss how virtual hardware 11, 13, and 14 extend virtual machine resource configurations

  • Describe how the VMXNET3 adapter optimizesnetwork traffic
  • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributedacross NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.x
  • Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere®Integrated Containers™

6 Storage EnhancementsDescribe vSphere 6.x support for NFS

  • Describe the VMFS6 datastore
  • Describe the upgrade procedure from VMFS5 toVMFS6
  • Describe the VMFS6 enhancements in vSphere6.7
  • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
  • Describe per-virtual machine, policy-basedpolicy management
  • Describe how VMDK data operations areoffloaded to storage arrays through VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® VirtualVolumes™ is used with Windows ServerFailover Clustering
  • Describe the VMware vSAN™ enhancements inthe following areas:
    • Scalability
    • Performance
    • Availability
    • Space efficiency
    • Operational
    • Usability
  • Describe the interoperability enhancements toVMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMwarevSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Describe the enhancements to vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control that improve adherence to configured maximums and reservations

7 Security EnhancementsDiscuss the improvements to lockdown settings

  • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
  • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
  • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi hosts
  • Describe the security enhancements
  • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms and vSphere logging
  • Describe the vSphere 6.7 features for monitoring vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use encryption in your vSphere environment
  • Encrypt virtual machines
  • Explain how to back up encrypted virtual machines
  • Encrypt core dumps
  • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion migration
  • Describe the virtual TPM feature in vSphere 6.7
  • List the core security modules that are part of VMware Platform Services Controller™
  • List the VMware certificate management components
  • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.0
  • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
  • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
  • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options
  • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
  • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

8 Network EnhancementsUse Network I/O Control

  • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
  • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservation
  • Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.0
  • Explain how the gateway per vmknic feature works and how it is configured
  • Explain the new ERSPAN headers supported in vSphere 6.5 and how they are configured
  • Describe the areas where performance improvements were made in vSphere 6.5

9 Availability EnhancementsDescribe the TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion that was introduced in vSphere 6.0

  • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
  • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
  • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6.0 supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
  • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
  • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
  • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down (APD) and permanent device lost (PDL) conditions
  • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
  • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA
  • Explain the enhancement of vSphere HA admission control in vSphere 6.5
  • Describe the improvement of vSphere HA orchestrated restarts
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