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Virtualization with VMware ESX and VirtualCenter SMB to Enterprise
VMware Training Overview

This class is an intense, five-day introduction to virtualization using VMware’s immensely popular Virtual Infrastructure™ suite including VMware ESX™ 3.5 and VirtualCenter™ 2.5. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. Up to 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts and skills are reinforced. Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESX servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class then continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting and more. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered. By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, mechanics and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage, troubleshoot and secure virtual infrastructure.

VMware Training Audience

System architects, senior administrators, security specialists, operators, performance and capacity analysts, Virtual Infrastructure Backup Administrators, business Continuity specialists, storage administrators, VMware customers and prospects, or managers who need a thorough understanding of virtualization..

VMware Training Prerequisites

User, operator, or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™ or other platforms. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, etc. No Linux command line skills are assumed or required.

Course duration

5 Days

VMware Training Course outline

Virtualization Infrastructure

  • Virtualization explained
  • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
  • Common pain points of physical deployments
  • How virtualization effectively addresses issues and brings new
  • Stand Alone ESX Server Installation
  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Sizing Service Console and VMkernel resources
  • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
  • Software installation and licensing
  • Installation recommendations and best practices
  • First look at the VMware Virtual Infrastructure Client
  • Virtual and Physical Networking
  • Virtual Machine, IP Storage and management concepts
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
  • Sizing Virtual Switches
  • NAS Shared Storage
  • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
  • Shared Storage options
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • Troubleshooting NFS connections
  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
  • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
  • Sizing and creating a new VM
  • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
  • Working with a VM’s BIOS
  • VMware remote console applications
  • Installing an OS into a VM
  • Driver installation and customization
  • VM best practices for monitoring and scalability
  • Accessing VMs and servers remotely via the Web
  • Understanding what should and should not be virtualized
  • VirtualCenter
  • VirtualCenter architectural and feature overview
  • VirtualCenter components
  • License Server and Licensing Options
  • VirtualCenter Inventory and views
  • Host and Server based licensing models
  • VirtualCenter Inventory
  • VirtualCenter's four views into Virtual Infrastructure
  • Role of the datacenter
  • Using folders to impart political, geographic or technical boundaries
  • Importing ESX hosts into VirtualCenter management
  • Troubleshooting VirtualCenter
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones
  • Golden Master images
  • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
  • Patching, and refreshing Templates
  • Cloning, one time copies of VMs
  • Best practices for cloning and templating
  • Performance considerations
  • ESX and VirtualCenter Permission Model
  • VMware Security model
  • Configuring local users and groups
  • Managing local permissions
  • VirtualCenter security model
  • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
  • How permissions are applied
  • Advanced Virtual Networking
  • Up-linking Virtual and Physical Network segments using NICs
  • NIC teaming for redundancy and Performance
  • Connecting to vLANs
  • Enhanced Network Security
  • Virtual routers and firewalls
  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
  • Fibre SAN overview
  • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
  • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
  • Partitioning and formatting Fibre SAN Storage
  • Multi-pathing in a Fibre SAN environment
  • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • iSCSI overview
  • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
  • Creating virtual iSCSI adapters
  • Connecting to iSCSI storage
  • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
  • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • VMware File System (VMFS)
  • VMFS Overview
  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning
  • Multi-pathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • VMFS performance considerations
  • Resource Management and Resource Pools
  • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
  • Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • CPU resource scheduling
  • Memory resource scheduling
  • Disk I/O bandwidth management
  • Network bandwidth management
  • Resource Pools
  • VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion
  • Moving Virtual Machines
  • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
  • Hot Migrations with VMotion
  • VMotion requirements
  • VMotion dependencies
  • How VMotion works – detailed explanation
  • Troubleshooting VMotion
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
  • Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
  • Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Isolation response and per-VM policy overrides
  • Failure Recover with High Availability Clusters
  • Application level clusters such as MSCS
  • VM cluster strategies using MSCS
  • Using VMs as cluster peers with MSCS
  • VMware High Availability clusters
  • Back Up and Recovery Strategies
  • Pro’s and Con’s of traditional back up strategies
  • VMware Consolidated Backup
  • Third party back up solutions
  • Back up strategies and alternatives
  • Backing up the ESX Service Console
  • Consolidation with VMware Converter Enterprise
  • VMware Converter overview
  • Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
  • Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Effective Performance Monitoring
  • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
  • Identifying and resolving resource contention
  • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
  • Configuring and customizing resource based alarms
  • Performance and capacity planning strategies
  • ESX and VirtualCenter Alarms
  • VMware Capacity Planner overview
  • Finding and monitoring physical workloads
  • Reviewing physical server performance data
  • Using Capacity Planner recommendations to plan your migration

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