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VMware vSphere: Fast Track

Duration: 5 days
Course Price: $5,995

Course Overview 

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5.

This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam. Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several more advanced vSphere courses.

Course Overview 

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5.

This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam. Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several more advanced vSphere courses.

Prerequisites

1 Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

2 Software-Defined Data Center
Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
Install and use vSphere user interfaces
Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

3 Creating Virtual Machines
Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Deploy a single virtual machine

4 VMware vCenter Server
Introduce vCenter Server architecture
Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Using the VMware vSphere® Web Client
Configuring VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
Describe and modify standard switch properties
Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Introduce storage protocols and device names
Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
Introduce VMware® Virtual SAN™ datastores

7 Virtual Machine Management
Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
Modify and manage virtual machines
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

8 Access and Authentication Control
Control user access through roles and permissions
Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

9 Resource Management and Monitoring
Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Configure and manage resource pools
Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

10 High Availability and Fault Tolerance
Explain the vSphere HA architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine
Describe VMware vSphere® Replication

11 Network Scalability
Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

12 Host Scalability
Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

13 Storage Scalability
Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
Explain policy-driven storage
Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
Create a datastore cluster
Configure Storage DRS

14 Patch Management
Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
Create patch baselines
Scan and remediate hosts

15 VMware Management Resources
Describe vSphere Management Assistant
Configure vSphere Management Assistant
Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

16 Installing VMware Components
Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
Introduce ESXi installation
Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

17 Host and Management Scalability
Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLIto create an ESXi installation image
Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host

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