VMWare 6.5 Fast Track

VMware's latest vSphere offering to transfer from physical to virtual infrastructure
Overview

VMware is largely considered to be the leading voice in virtualisation.  For anyone entering into this world it is hard not to hear their name and experience their products. This intensive course showcases the latest version of VMware virtualisation software VSphere 6.7 but is equally useful for people using 6.0 and 5.x.

Please Note: If paying for this course by Training Days, the cost is 8 Training days. 

Course Code
VMW6.55FT
Duration
5 Days
Delivery Style
Classroom
Course Type
Public or Private
Max Delegates
10
Special Instructions
This course requires a wired internet connection to run, preferably dedicated to the classroom.
Available as Nutshell
No

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Purpose of this course

This course is designed to cover material from the install, configure and manage course in more depth; but also additional material not covered in the standard VMware 6.7 Install, Configure and Manage course.

We have also invested in very high performance servers with SSD arrays, 10GB infrastructure etc. These servers allow us to add extra practical experience which is not usually covered; as such it is a very full 5 days of material.

This is the only VMware course based on the HTML5 client.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.

You will learn how to
  • Understand the concepts and features of VMware virtualisation.
  • Describe the software-defined data center.
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines.
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture.
  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance™.
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host.
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web and HTML5 Client.
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches.
  • Use vCenter Server to manage host storage.
  • Manage, create and deploy virtual machines, templates and clones.
  • Create, manage and detail the advantages and disadvantages of snapshots.
  • Describe vApps.
  • Describe and use the content libraries.
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere®.
  • Enable virtual machine encryption to encrypt and decrypt virtual disks.
  • Use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate virtual machines.
  • Detail Migration from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage.
  • View and utilise vCenter map views.
  • Monitor resource usage and critical parameters to proactively maintain an ESXi environment.
  • Create and manage resource pools and discuss their implications.
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts.
  • Create, manage, implement and test VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® fault tolerance.
  • Detail VMware vSphere® Data Protection.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery.
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability and even load across the ESXi environment.
  • Create and manage vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager to apply patches.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines and vCenter Server operations.
  • Cover real world scenarios relating to the above technologies, and the real world correct way to implement them.
Benefits for your organisation

The organisation gains skills in a highly sought after and important area of service provision. They will benefit from an individual with the ability to configure virtual infrastructure and therefore deliver higher levels of availability and capacity while driving down costs in a range of areas such as hardware, power consumption and application provision.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will obtain the skills which are critical in the move from a physical to a virtual infrastructure. Learning how to build a VMware infrastructure to support a wide range of operating systems and applications and how to configure them to work within a range of technology domains As well as gaining exposure to a range of supporting technologies, such as storage infrastructure, and achieving an understanding of how to piece them together to support the organisation.

Introduction to VMware Virtualisation
  • Introduce virtualisation, virtual and vSphere components.
  • Explain the concepts of server, network and storage virtualisation.
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture.
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces.
Virtual Machine Management
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines.
  • Modify and manage virtual machines.
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations.
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots.
  • Detail VMDirectPath.
  • Create a vApp.
  • Exporting a Virtual Machine to an OVF.
  • Deploying a VM from an OVF.
  • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them.
Software-Defined Data Center
  • Introduce components of the software-defined data center.
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture.
  • Install and use vSphere Client.
  • Overview of ESXi.
Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Introduce virtual CPU, memory and disk concepts.
  • Configure and manage resource pools.
  • Configure shares.
  • Describe methods for optimising CPU and memory usage.
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage.
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events.
  • Detail the most common performance problems and their solutions.
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management.
  • Install, configure and Manage vRealize Operations Manager.
  • Introduce vRealize Orchestrator and vCloud suite.
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues.
Creating Virtual Machines
  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files.
  • Create and work with virtual machines.
Sphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture.
  • Configure, manage and test a vSphere HA cluster.
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters.
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance.
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines.
  • Test vSphere Fault tolerance.
  • Use vSphere HA, DRS and FT together.
  • Introduce vSphere Replication.
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data.
  • Discuss VMware backup APIs, solutions and products.
vCenter Server
  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture.
  • Detail migrating a vCenter from 5.5 to 6.5, then onto 6.7.
  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client and use the HTML 5 client.
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses.
  • Adding Active Directory authentication support.
  • Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility.
Host Scalability
  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster.
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster.
  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules.
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together.
Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches.
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties.
  • Configure vSwitch load balancing / Resilience algorithms.
  • Describe vSwitch security options.
  • Configure Jumbo frames.
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms.
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups.
  • Detail and configure the features of VMKernel gateways.
vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching.
  • Create patch baselines.
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance.
  • Scan and remediate hosts.
Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
  • Detail  VSphere Pluggable Storage Architecture.
  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names.
  • Introduce Storage IO control.
  • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage.
  • Detail Raw device mapping.
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VASA. 
  • Describe and configure storage policies.
  • Describe Storage DRS Operation.
  • Allocate different storage profiles to different virtual machines.
  • Create, configure and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores, both local and SAN based.
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™.
  • Detail mulitpathing failover options.
  • Common datastore problems.
  • Recovering lost Luns.
Access and Authentication Control
  • Configure user access with roles and permissions.
  • Managing SSH.
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall.
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode with different users.
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory.
Installing VMware Components
  • Introduce ESXi installation.
  • Perform an ESXi installation.
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements.
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options.
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements.
  • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance.
  • Deploy / Install  vCenter Server.

 

Prerequisites

A willingness to participate in a demanding, high-intensity training experience.  You need to be comfortable with system administration using command-line interfaces.

About the Lead Trainer

Chris is Quanta's Operations Director and is responsible for ensuring the overall smooth running of the business.

Outside of work Chris is a keen volleyball player, he has played national league volleyball for many years and has also tried his hand at coaching, as well as being a qualified volleyball referee. He also loves travelling and is a keen photographer.

Quick Fact: Chris was part of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, spending most of the summer down in the capital as a Field of Play Attendant for the Beach Volleyball and then as a National Technical Officer line judging at the Sitting Volleyball.