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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5]

Duration: 5 days
Course Price: $4,495

Course Overview:
This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

Objectives:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] are repeated in this course.

Intended Audience:
Experienced system administrators and system integrators

Course Overview:
This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

Objectives:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] are repeated in this course.

Intended Audience:
Experienced system administrators and system integrators

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of one of the following courses:
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
  • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5]
  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]
  • Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

Outline:
1  Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

2  VMware Management Resources

Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

3  Performance in a Virtualized Environment
Understand the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
Understand software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

4  Network Scalability

Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

5  Network Optimization
Explain the performance features of network adapters
Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
Monitor key network performance metrics
Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configuration
Troubleshoot common network performance problems

6  Storage Scalability
Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

7  Storage Optimization

Diagnose storage access problems
Understand how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
Monitor key storage performance metrics
Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

8  CPU Optimization
Understand CPU scheduler and other features that affect CPU performance
Monitor key CPU performance metrics
Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

9  Memory Optimization
Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
Monitor key memory performance metrics
Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

10  Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
Understand performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

11  Host and Management Scalability
Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

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