Course Outline

1 Course Introduction

• Introductions and course logistics

• Course objectives


2 vSphere and Virtualization Overview

• Explain basic virtualization concepts

• Describe how vSphere fits in the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure

• Recognize the user interfaces for accessing vSphere

• Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, storage, and GPUs


3 Installing and Configuring ESXi

• Install an ESXi host

• Recognize ESXi user account best practices

• Configure the ESXi host settings using the DCUI and VMware Host Client


4 Deploying and Configuring vCenter

• Recognize ESXi hosts communication with vCenter

• Deploy vCenter Server Appliance

• Configure vCenter settings

• Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys

• Create and organize vCenter inventory objects

• Recognize the rules for applying vCenter permissions

• View vCenter logs and events


5 Configuring vSphere Networking

• Configure and view standard switch configurations

• Configure and view distributed switch configurations

• Recognize the difference between standard switches and distributed switches

• Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches


6 Configuring vSphere Storage

• Recognize vSphere storage technologies

• Identify types of vSphere datastores

• Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing

• Describe iSCSI components and addressing

• Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi

• Create and manage VMFS datastores

• Configure and manage NFS datastores


7 Deploying Virtual Machines

• Create and provision VMs

• Explain the importance of VMware Tools

• Identify the files that make up a VM

• Recognize the components of a VM

• Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options

• Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources

• Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them

• Clone VMs

• Create customization specifications for guest operating systems

• Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries

• Deploy VMs from content libraries

• Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries


8 Managing Virtual Machines

• Recognize the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances

• Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion

• Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations

• Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion

• Take a snapshot of a VM

• Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots

• Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualized environment

• Describe how VMs compete for resources

• Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits


9 Deploying and Configuring vSphere Clusters

• Create a vSphere cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA

• View information about a vSphere cluster

• Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster

• Recognize use cases for vSphere DRS settings

• Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster

• Describe how vSphere HA responds to various types of failures

• Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster

• Recognize vSphere HA design considerations

• Recognize the use cases for various vSphere HA settings

• Configure a vSphere HA cluster

• Recognize when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance


10 Managing the vSphere Lifecycle

• Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster

• Describe features of the vCenter Update Planner

• Run vCenter upgrade prechecks and interoperability reports

• Recognize features of VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™

• Distinguish between managing hosts using baselines and managing hosts using images

• Describe how to update hosts using baselines

• Describe ESXi images

• Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and update ESXi hosts

• Update ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager

• Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations

• Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware


This course has the following prerequisites:

• System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

  35 Hours

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