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VMware vSphere 5.1 with ESXi and vCenter
VMware Training Overview

This powerful 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMware’s vSphere™ 5.1 including VMware ESX™ 5.1 and vCenter™. This class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. More than 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced. Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class 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. This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

VMware Training Audience

System Architects, security specialists, analysts, back-up and storage administrators.

VMware Training Prerequisites

Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. All attendees should have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

Course duration

5 Days

VMware Training Course outline

1. Introduction to vSphere 5.1
  • VMware vSphere
  • Problems and Opportunities
  • Server Resource Utilization
  • Server Consolidation
  • Datacenter Issues
  • OS, Application Imaging
  • Back Up & Recovery
  • Server Refresh
  • Hardware Maintenance
  • Windows Server VM Licensing
  • MS Virtualization Calculator
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Test, Development & QA
  • IT Technical Career Benefits
  • Virtualization Over Time
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 Editions
  • Small Business Bundles
  • vSphere Acceleration Kits
  • VMware Service & Support
  • (SnS)
  • VMware ESXi
  • Single Host Deployment
  • Multiple ESXi w. Shared Storage
  • vSphere Private Cloud
  • Private Cloud Computing
  • Storage, Server, Network Cloud
  • What's New in vSphere 5
  • What’s New in vSphere 5.1
2. VMware ESXi
  • Stand Alone ESXi
  • Scalable ESXi Deployment
  • Installing ESXi
  • ESXi 5.1
  • ESXi Configuration
  • Default Management IP Settings
  • Configure Management Network
  • IP, DNS Configuration
  • Network Changes
  • ESXi Ready for Service
  • Alt-F12 VMkernel Log Entries
  • Security Warning
  • vSphere Client > ESXi Host
  • ESXi Host Roles
  • Enable/Verify Hyperthreading
  • Licensed Features in ESXi 5.1
  • System Health Status
  • ESXi System Logs
3. Virtual Networking
  • Virtual to Physical Networking
  • vNetwork Switches
  • Standard vSwitches
  • Distributed vSwitches
  • Physical and Virtual Networking
  • ESXi Networking
  • Multi-homed Networking
  • Port Groups
  • Add Network Wizards
  • vSwitch Properties
  • ESXi Physical NICs
  • vSwitch Rules
4. NAS/NFS
  • Network Attached Storage
  • Network File System
  • NAS Components
  • Define NFS Shares
  • NFS Share in Storage Roster
  • NAS/NFS Trade-offs
  • Troubleshooting NFS
5. Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Hardware
  • New Virtual Machine Wizard
  • Multicore vCPUs
  • Snapshots Manager
  • Complete the Virtual Machine
  • Remote Console
  • VMware Tools
  • USB Virtual Device Support
  • Windows Performance Tips
  • Supported Guest OS
6. vCenter Server
  • Central Management w. vCenter
  • vCenter for Windows
  • VMware Single Sign On
  • Inventory Service
  • vCenter Simple Deployment
  • vCenter for Windows Databases
  • MS SQL Express
  • vCenter is a Management Proxy
  • Install/Select Database
  • vCenter uses a Java VM
  • vCenter Windows Services
  • Organizing Inventory
  • Folders Organize Datacenters
  • VMs run on Clusters
  • Resource Maps
  • View Past Events and System
  • Logs
  • Licensing
  • vCenter Server Licensing
  • vSphere C#, Web Clients
  • vSphere Next Generation Client
  • Migrating a VM
  • Web Access Remote Console
  • Functions Only in Web Client
7. Templates, Clones
  • Template Theory
  • Template Benefits
  • Disk Formats
  • Creating a New Template
  • VM Cloning
  • Clone a Template
  • Windows VM Customization
  • Non-Windows OS Customization
  • Virtual Machines / Pros and
  • Cons
  • Import/ Export Virtual
  • Appliances
  • Adding Virtual Hardware
  • All VMs Support Simple
  • Changes
  • Hot Add Virtual Hardware
  • Hot Grow Disks
8. Permissions
  • Permission- Privileges and Roles
  • Determining Permissions
  • Privilege Hierarchy
  • Role Assignments
  • vCenter Users, Groups
  • View vCenter Base Permissions
  • ESXi Users, Groups
  • View ESXi Permissions
9. Shared Storage
  • Fibre Storage Area Networks
  • Hardware Paths
  • iSCSI, Capabilities, Motivation
  • iSCSI Hardware & Software Initiators
  • Challenge Authentication Protocol
  • CHAP Authentication Process
  • New iSCSI LUNs
  • iSCSI Trade-offs
  • Storage Properties, Views, Reports
  • vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
10. VMware File System
  • VMFS Overview
  • VMFS 5 Features
  • Properties and Formatting
  • New VMFS
  • Grow VMFS into Free Space
  • Multipathing
  • iSCSI SAN Multipathing
  • Pluggable Storage Architecture
11. Alarms
  • Performance Alarms
  • vCenter Alarms
  • Alarm Settings
  • ESXi Host Alarms
  • Virtual Machine Alarms
  • Alarm Reporting
  • Custom Alarms
  • Alarm Best Practices
12. Host Profiles
  • Managing ESXi Host Configuration
  • Host Profiles
  • Host Benefits, Tasks, Contents
  • Attach, Edit, Review a Profile
  • Apply a Profile
13. Resouce Pools
  • Resource Administration
  • CPU Resource Tunables
  • Dynamic Memory Balancing
  • Shares
  • Resource Pools
  • Resource Allocations
14. Converter
  • VMware vCenter Converter
  • Clone & Update Disks
  • Install and Enable Converter
  • Launch Converter Enterprise
  • Specify New VM Location
  • Copying Disk Volumes
  • Create the New Virtual Machine
  • VM Reconfiguration
  • Converter Housekeeping
  • Converter Caveats
15. VMware Data Recovery
  • Backup and Recovery
  • VM Backup Challenge
  • Reduce Backup Stress
  • ESXi Configuration Back Up
  • Data Recovery
  • Connect VMDR to vCenter
  • Getting Started Wizard
  • Creating a Backup Job
  • Backup Reports
  • Restoring a Virtual Machine
16. VM Migration
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Cold Migration
  • VMotion Migration, Benefits,
  • Requirements
  • VM is Descheduled
  • Switch Over
  • VM Scheduled to Run
  • Housekeeping
  • Validation
  • Host and CPU Compatibility
  • Storage VMotion
17. DRS
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Clusters / Functions
  • DRS Automation Level
  • Migration Threshold
  • Power Management
  • EVC and AMD CPUs
  • Affinity, Anti-Affinity Rules
  • DRS Groups Manager
  • Adopting DRS
18. VMware HA
  • High Availability Clusters
  • VMware HA Host Failures
  • Admission Control
  • HA Reserved Resources
  • HA Cluster Heartbeat
  • VM Monitoring
  • Maintenance Mode
  • Resolving HA Problems
  • HA and DRS
19. Update Manager
  • VMware Update Manager
  • Patch Management
  • VUM Components
  • VUM Size Estimator
  • Patch Download Settings
  • Stock Patch Baselines
  • Selected Patches
  • Compliance
  • VUM and DRS Clusters
  • VUM and HA Clusters
20. Performance
  • Performance Analysis & Tuning
  • ESXi CPU Usage Strategy
  • Active VM CPU Scheduling
  • Physical to Virtual CPU
  • Sequential vs Concurrent Tasks
  • Physical & VM Memory
  • Transparent Page Sharing
  • Ballooning vs. VMkernel Swap
  • ESXi and SSDs
  • Performance Charts
  • CPU Ready Time
  • Monitoring Memory Stress
21. Final Thoughts
  • What to Virtualize
  • CPU, Storage, Network Considerations
  • Server Capacity Management
  • Delivering High Availability
  • Virtualization Security Issues
  • Appendix – Definitions & Acronyms

 
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