VMWARE Online Training

This is a hands-on training course where you will explore installation, configuration, and management of VMware Infrastructure 4 or vSphere 4, which consists of VMware ESXi/ESX Server and VMware vCenter Server.

VMWARE Online Training Course Content
  • Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
    • Virtualization explained
    • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
    • Common pain points in PC Server management
    • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
    • VMware vSphere software products
  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable
    • Understanding ESXi
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Joining ESXi to a Domain
    • First look at the VMware vSphere Client
  • Virtual and Physical Networking
    • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
    • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
    • Creating VMkernel ports
    • Creating, sizing and customizing 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
    • 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
  • Center Server and the Next Generation Web Client
    • The need for Identity Source management
    • Installing and configuring the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
    • Connecting to Active Directory and other identity sources
    • vCenter feature overview, components and licensing
    • Organizing vCenter's inventory views
    • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
    • Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation vSphere Client (NGC)
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones
    • Templates - Virtual Machine 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
    • Adding and resizing virtual disks
  • ESXi and vCenter Permission Model
    • VMware Security model
    • Configuring local users and groups
    • Managing local permissions
    • vCenter security model
    • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
    • How permissions are applied
  • Using Fiber and iSCSI Shared Storage
    • Fiber SAN overview
    • Identifying and using Fiber Host Bus Adapters
    • Scanning and Rescanning Fiber SANs
    • iSCSI overview
    • Virtual and physical ISCSI adapters
    • Connecting to iSCSI storage
    • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
    • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • VMware File System (VMFS)
    • Unique file system properties of VMFS
    • Managing shared Volumes
    • Creating new VMFS partitions
    • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
    • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fiber 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
    • Resource Pools
  • ESX and vCenter Alarms
    • Alarm categories and definitions
    • Creating custom alarms and actions
    • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them
  • Host Profiles
    • Using Host Profiles to capture an ESXi host configuration
    • Perform configuration compliance scans
    • Remediating out of compliance configuration issues
    • Rapid ESXi host deployment/configuration with Host Profiles
  • Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone
    • vCenter 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
  • Back Up, Recovery with VMware Data Recovery
    • Pro’s and Cons of traditional back up strategies
    • Backing up VMs with VMware Data Recovery
    • Backing and restoring your ESXi server configuration
    • Third party VM backup solutions
  • VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion
    • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
    • Hot Migrations with VMotion
    • VMotion requirements and 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
    • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters
    • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
    • VMware High Availability clusters
    • VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Patch Management with VMware Update Manager
    • Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
    • Establishing a patch baseline
    • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts
  • VMware Replication
    • Establishing Time to Recovery requirements
    • Overview of SAN LUN replication and VMware Site Recovery Manager
    • Installing and configuring VMware Replication for individual VM replication
    • Replicating a VM
    • Recovering a replicated VM
  • Managing Scalability and Performance
    • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
    • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
    • Identifying and resolving resource contention
    • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
    • Performance and capacity planning strategies
  • Final Thoughts
    • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
    • Determining which workloads to consolidate
    • Other considerations

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