Course Information

Delivery Method: Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Course Duration: 1.5 Months
Course Level: Basic + Advanced Level

Audience Summary

This course is designed for system administrators & Datacenter administration who need to become familiar with the VMware DCV. It is also ideal for those who would like to prepare for the vcp 6.0  Certification Exam.

What is Virtualization?
Why Virtualization?
Benefits of Virtualization
Virtualization overview in Industry
Host Based and Hyper visor based Virtualization
Other Virtualization Product in Market
What is VMware vSphere?
What We Cover in the Course

Why Build a Lab?
Two Ways to Build a Virtualization Lab
Limitations to a Virtual Lab
Running vSphere in Workstation
vSphere 6.0 Lab Setups

vSphere 6.0 Overview
vSphere 6.0 Components
Packaging and Versions
Cloud Computing

ESXi Installation Requirements
What Happened to ESX Server?
Downloading VMware ESXi 6.0
Installing VMware ESXi 6.0
ESXi Initial Configuration
Installing the vSphere Client

What is vCenter Server?
vCenter Server Blueprint
vCenter Server Physical or Virtual?
vCenter Server Pre-installation
vCenter Server Features
HW and SW Requirements
Database Requirements
Port Requirements
How to Evaluate vCenter 6.0?
Installing vCenter 6.0
Verifying Installation of vCenter 6.0

What is the vCenter Server Appliance?
Pros and Cons to Using vCenter as an Appliance
Deploying the vCenter Server 6.0 Appliance (vCSA)
Configuring vCSA
Testing vCSA with the vSphere Client

vSphere 6.0 Web Client Overview
Installing the Server for the Web Client
Authorizing the Web Client Server
Using the vSphere 6.0 Web Client

vSphere Terminology (Lingo)
Using the vSphere Client
Performing VM Guest Remote Control
Navigating the vSphere Client with Hotkeys
Searching the Virtual Infrastructure
Sorting and Filtering in the vSphere Client
Exporting Data
Running Reports

Planning the Virtual Infrastructure
Naming Convention
vSphere Network Virtualization Diagram
Adding Datacenters and Hosts
Configuring the ESXi Server Clock and NTP
Configuring vSphere Licensing
Reviewing System Logs, vCenter Sessions, and Service Status
Removing “Getting Started” Tabs
Monitoring ESXi Host Health Hardware Status
vCenter Server Settings and Plugins
Adding Folders

Three Ways to Create Virtual Machines
Downloading VMs from Virtual Appliance Marketplace
VMware Guest OS Install Guide
Changing BIOS Settings in a Guest VM
Creating ISO Images of CD/DVD Install Media
Creating a Library of ISO Installation Media
Using the vSphere Datastore Browser
Using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) with vSphere
Accessing ESXi Using SSH
Creating a New Virtual Machine with a Fresh OS Install
vSphere 6.0 EFI Firmware Option

Why You Need VMware Tools
Installing VMware Tools in Windows
Installing VMware Tools in Linux
Searching and Sorting to Check VMware Status
Updating VMware Tools
Performing VMware Tools Installation
Configuring VMware Tools with VMware Toolbox

Understanding Tasks and Events
Configuring SNMP and SMTP Email in vCenter
Alerting You with vCenter Alarms
Viewing, Filtering, and Exporting Tasks and Events
Adding and Managing Alarms
Disabling Alarm Actions
Performing Configuration of SNMP and SMTP
vCenter Service Status

Storage 101 – Virtual Disks and VMFS
Data Transfer
Comparing Storage Technologies
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Fiber Channel SAN Components
Fiber Channel HBAs
Fiber Channel Connectivity
Managing FC Storage
Addressing FC SAN LUNs
Understanding iSCSI Storage
Why You Need a SAN
Configuring iSCSI Storage
Configuring NFS Storage
Properties of Fiber Channel Datastore
Storage Terms You Must Know
What is in a Data store?
ESXi Server Storage Options
VMFS Specs and Maximums

vSphere Storage Appliance Overview
What Makes VSA Unique
VSA Cluster Design Options
VSA SAN Maintenance Mode
VSA Installation Gotchas

Why Use Open Filer?
Downloading Open Filer
Installing Open Filer
Configuring Open Filer as an iSCSI SAN
Connecting vSphere to the Open Filer iSCSI SAN

Basics of vSphere Security
Default vSphere Security Roles
Adding, Modifying, and Removing ESXi Users and Groups
Using Windows AD Users and Groups to Secure vSphere
Defining and Applying Roles and Permissions
vShield Overview
Securing Guest Virtual Machines

Virtual Networking
Network Adapters
Virtual Standard Switches (vSS)
vSS Functionality
Similarities Between pSwitch and vSS
Differences Between pSwitch and vSwitch
Types of vSwitches
Virtual Switch Ports
What is a VLAN?
MAC Address Changes
Forged Transmits
NIC Teaming

vSphere Distributed Switch
Private VLANS – pVLANs
pVLANs Secondary Mode Nodes
Networking Policies
Configuration Tasks
Creating a New dvswitch
Creating a dvPort Group
Migrating Legacy vSwitches and VM Networks to dvswitch
Migrating VMKernel Virtual Adapters to dvswitch
Configuring Private VLANs

Why You Need vMotion
vMotion Requirements
vMotioning Virtual Machines
vMotion Configuration
Performing vMotion
Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

What is svMotion?
svMotion Requirements
svMotion and Thin Provisioning
Using svMotion
Migrating VMs with Snapshots – New in vSphere 6.0

Introduction to Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
DRS Requirements
Creating a DRS Enabled Cluster
DRS/HA Cluster Settings
Understanding Resource Pools
Creating Resource Pools in Your DRS Cluster
Additional Resources

Why Do You Need High Availability (HA)?
VMHA Saving the Day
VMHA Master / Slave
Requirements for VMHA
Best Practices for VMHA
Configuring VMHA

Introduction to VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)
Requirements of FT
Constraints of FT
Testing to See If You Can Use FT with VMware Site Survey
Enabling VMware FT
Testing Failover with a Virtual Machine Using FT

Upgrade Prerequisites
Upgrade Steps
Upgrade to vCenter 6.0
Update Manager Upgrade
ESX/ESXi Upgrade
VM Upgrade
Upgrading vCenter Server and Client
Upgrading Update Manager
Upgrading ESXi

Administering vSphere Using the CLI
Four vSphere CLI Options
Using ESXi Tech Support Mode
Using esxcfg and esxcli Commands
Getting Started with PowerCLI
Project Onyx
vCLI Basics
Installing and Using vMA

What is Auto Deploy?
Auto Deploy Components
Auto Deploy First Boot Process
Infrastructure Requirements
Installation and Configuration Tasks
Lab Environment Setup
Installing Auto Deploy and TFTP Server
Adding ESXi Host to vCenter
Moving Host Profile from Staging to Production Area
Installing Dump and Syslog Collectors
Setting Dump Collector
Setting Up Syslog Server
Test and Repair Rules Compliance
Auto Deploy PowerCLI Commands

Storage DRS Explained
Datastore Clusters Explained
SDRS Initial Placement
SDRS Load Balancing
Datastore Maintenance with SDRS
SDRS Affinity Rules
Configuring and Using Storage DRS

Policy-driven Storage Explained
Storage Vendor Profiles and VASA
Configuration of Policy-driven Storage

What is Network I/O Control?
New in vSphere 6.0 NIOC
Configuring Network I/O Control

Why You Need Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
How SIOC Works
SIOC Requirements
Enabling SIOC in vSphere
Monitoring SIOC Performance

ESXi Firewall Defined
Configuration Files
Rule Set Add
Service Behavior
ESXI Shell Firewall Configuration

 Introduction to VMware Data Recovery (VDR) 2
New VDR Features in vSphere 6.0
Limitations of VDR
Installing VDR
VDR Initial Configuration
Installing VDR Client Plug-in
Backing Up with Data Recovery
Restoring with Data Recovery