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VMware vSphere 6.0/6.5 Advanced Infrastructure Deployment Course Outline

 (4 days)
Version 6.0/6.5

Our VMware vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 AID class is perfect for administrators that already have VMware vSphere experience, but would like to improve their skills, knowledge, and diagnostic abilities!

In class, we supplement use of available GUI management with CLI and vSphere API utilities like the VMware vSphere CLI

For 2017 we have a 100% new book, current with all of the latest VMware vSphere 6.0 / 6.5 components:
NEW in ESXi 6.0 U2 and ESXi 6.5:
 HTML5 Embedded Host Client
 Web-based Virtual Appliance Management (VAMI)
 VMware vSphere Web Client (Production)
 VMware vSphere Client (HTML5 -Experimental)

What makes our approach so unique is that every participant builds an actual datacenter environment on real servers, from beginning to end. Most importantly, we use the same procedures, in the same order, as they would be implemented in your own datacenter!

Our VMware vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 Advanced Infrastructure Deployment (AID) features over 60 interactive Step-By-Step Labs (SBS LAB ™), complete with detailed instructions and full-color screenshots of all steps. This is the most comprehensive class we offer. That means that our Step-by-Step Labs (SBS LABS™) are sure to become lasting reference materials and a clear, real-world roadmap for the design, implementation and management of VMware® vSphere™ 6. Because vSphere is an evolving product, we are proud to have the most current VMware training materials available!

 Books and SBS Labs are current to within 6-weeks of any vSphere Release
 Custom SBS labs available to supplement and enhance training
 Use your classroom IaaS resources for at least one week after class for testing and practice
 Our instructors are real-world consultants that will personally tell you all of the latest news and trends
 Keep up with the latest in emerging vSphere critical knowlege

Our class uses all of the latest management consoles and tools, but is fully backward compatible to VMware vSphere 6.0.
VMware vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 Advanced Infrastructure Deployment (AID)

 Install and configure ESXi using IPMI
 Evaluate and harden ESXi hypervisor security, firewall, SSH access and vSphere Active Directory
 Redirect system logging & scratch partitions
 Understand and use esxcli ESXi Host configuration command set
 Understand and use vim-cmd ESXi Host and Virtual Machine management command set
 Understand and use vmkfstools VMFS Volume and Virtual disk command set
 Backup and restore ESXi configuration with: vicfg-cfgbackup.pl
 Check and fix VMFS filesystem using: vSphere On-disk Metadata Analyzer (VOMA)
 Install and configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) for High Availability
 Create vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS)
 Configure and test Jumbo Frames the right way for iSCSI
 Understand and apply VMware vSphere Path Selection Policy (PSP): VMware fixed, Round Robin, Most Recently Used
 vSphere access control with Roles, Privileges and Permissions
 Advanced Cluster Configuration for HA and DRS
 Implement VMkernel with vMotion TCP/IP Stack
 Implement Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) and Storage Distributed Resource Scheduling (sDRS)
 Implement High Availability (HA) including Predictive HA
 Implement and use Distributed Power Management (DPM)
 Manage resources with Resource Pools
 Configure and use the new VMware vCenter Update Manager (VUM) to patch ESXi 6.0 / 6.5 hosts and Virtual Machines
 Backup VMs using VMware the vStorage API for Data Protection (formerly VCB)
 Utilize and integrate 3rd Party Tools into the datacenter environment
 Command line management of vSphere
 Monitor performance using advanced tools and commands

Each objective will be reinforced with over 80 hands-on Step-by-Step Labs (SBS LABs)!

Who should attend?
Administrators who are responsible for a VMware vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 environment.

The VMware® vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 Infrastructure Deployment Boot Camp is intended for IT professionals experienced with Windows Server and TCP/IP Networking as well as some Windows or Linux Command Line use.

Course Outline:

Module 1. Introduction
1.1. What you will find in this book
1.2. Our equipment

Module 2. Grounds for Virtualization and Cloud Computing
2.1. Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds
2.2. Virtualization defined
2.3. What's in it for me?
2.4. What is a hypervisor?
2.5. Hypervisor Classifications
2.6. Comparison of production hypervisors

Module 3. VMware® vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5
3.1. What is VMware® vSphere™?
3.2. VMware® vSphere™ Components
3.3. What's new in VMware® vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5

Module 4. Installing ESXi
4.1. Where should I get the ESXi ISO
4.2. Disk based or Diskless install?
4.3. Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI / iLO / iDRAC)
SBS LAB 1. Accessing your server with IPMI Remote Console
SBS LAB 2. Installing ESXi 6.0 / 6.5
SBS LAB 3. Using ESXI 6.0 / 6.5 Diagnostic Consoles
SBS LAB 4. Initial configuration using the DCUI (Console)
SBS LAB 5. Disabling IPv6 when it is not required
SBS LAB 6. Accessing the ESXi Embedded Host Client (Replacement for the Windows Client)
SBS LAB 7. Connecting to a standalone ESXi Host

Module 5. Time in a vSphere Environment
5.1. NTP (Linux) Time
5.2. Windows Time

Module 6. Active Directory and ESXi / vSphere
SBS LAB 9. Joining ESXi to Active Directory

Module 7. Command Line Administration of ESXi
SBS LAB 10. When is SSH appropriate – use cases
SBS LAB 11. Remote command line with Putty and SSH
SBS LAB 12. Validating ESXi Host configurations at the command line with SSH
SBS LAB 13. Validating Time configuration on your ESXi Host
7.2. The ESXCLI Command Set
SBS LAB 14. Run three commands with ESXCLI
7.3. The vim-cmd Command Set
SBS LAB 15. Using vim-cmd
SBS LAB 16. Command Line patching of ESXi host with: esxcli and vim-cmd
7.4. The vSphere Command Line Interface (vCLI)
SBS LAB 17. Installing the via
SBS LAB 18. Running commands with the via
7.5. SAN Jumpstart
SBS LAB 19. SAN Jumpstart
7.6. Final Preparation of a diskless ESXi installation
SBS LAB 20. Relocating ESXi log files to persistent storage
SBS LAB 21. Advanced Logging Behavior
SBS LAB 22. Redirecting the ESXi scratch partition

Module 8. Virtual Machines
8.1. The Virtual Machine Remote Console
8.2. Windows Desktop VMs
SBS LAB 23. Building a Windows 7 VM
SBS LAB 24. VMware Tools
8.3. Mission Critical VMs
SBS LAB 25. Windows Server 2012
SBS LAB 26. VMware tools for w2k12
8.4. Linux Virtual Machines
SBS LAB 27. Linux from the ground up
SBS LAB 28. Open-VM Tools
8.5. Virtual Appliances
SBS LAB 29. Deploy Scientific Linux Virtual Appliance deployment
SBS LAB 30. Export/Create Virtual Appliance from Linux VM
8.6. Virtual Machine File Types
SBS LAB 31. Virtual machine Files and Folders
SBS LAB 32. Files and Folders using Putty
8.7. Managing Virtual Machine Disks - vmkfstools command
SBS LAB 33. Using vmkfstools
8.8. VM Configuration Parameters
SBS LAB 34. Typematic Resolution
8.9. Timekeeping in Virtual Machines
SBS LAB 35. Disable Timekeeping for Windows Server VM
8.10. Understanding Snapshots
SBS LAB 36. Creating, Deleting, and Consolidating Snapshots

Module 9. vCenter Server
9.1. vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
SBS LAB 37. Installing the vCSA
SBS LAB 38. Downloading log file bundles
SBS LAB 39. Connecting via SSH
SBS LAB 40. Backing up the Postgres database
9.2. vCenter Consoles, Clients and connections
SBS LAB 41. SSH Connection to vCenter
SBS LAB 42. Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Web console
SBS LAB 43. vCenter Server HTML5 Web Client – experimental
SBS LAB 44. vCenter Server Flash Web Client – supported for production use

Module 10. vSphere Management With vCenter Server
SBS LAB 45. Adding AD as LDAP ID Source
SBS LAB 46. Initial Global Permission assignment
SBS LAB 47. Adding ESXI server(s)
SBS LAB 48. Licensing
SBS LAB 49. Disabling SSH alarm
SBS LAB 50. Configuring vCenter to send and receive email
10.2. Scheduled Tasks
SBS LAB 51. Scheduled Tasks
10.3. Alarms
SBS LAB 52. Cresting an Alarm for one Inventory Item
SBS LAB 53. Creating an Alarm for the whole environment

Module 11. Virtual Networking
11.1. 802.2 Networking Terms
11.2. Virtual Switches
SBS LAB 54. Moving a VM between Standard switches
11.3. VLANS
11.4. Best Practices Network Configuration
SBS LAB 56. Add physical NICs and create redundancy
SBS LAB 57. Create separate network for non-management VMs (production)
11.5. Standard vSwitch Properties
SBS LAB 58. Security policy
SBS LAB 59. Set Load Balancing
SBS LAB 60. Set Failover Policy
11.6. vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS)
SBS LAB 61. Create a vDS and Port Group
SBS LAB 62. Migrate VMs to vDS
SBS LAB 63. Add Port Group to vDS
SBS LAB 64. vDS Security, Traffic Shaping, and Load Balancing
SBS LAB 65. Remove vDS

Module 12. The VMkernel port group
12.1. What is a VMkernel in reality?
12.2. Properties of the VMkernel
SBS LAB 66. Create Redundant iSCSI Network Connections
SBS LAB 67. Set vSwitch Load Balancing for compliance with vSphere Port Binding requirements

Module 13. vSphere Storage
13.1. Terms
13.2. Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
13.3. Local Storage
13.4. Virtual SAN (HP VSA, VSA)
13.5. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
SBS LAB 68. Add NFS Share
13.6. SAN Storage
13.7. Presenting Block Storage to vSphere
SBS LAB 69. Add ISCSI SAN Storage Adapter
SBS LAB 70. Set Port Binding for iSCSI
13.8. VMFS File System
SBS LAB 71. Formatting a LUN as VMFS 5
SBS LAB 72. Setting the Path Selection Policy (PSP) for one LUN (GUI)
SBS LAB 73. Setting the default Path Selection Policy (PSP) for all LUNs (CLI)
SBS LAB 74. Changing the Threshold for Round Robin (CLI)

Module 14. VMware HA and DRS Clusters
14.1. Reasons for clustering
14.2. DRS and DPM
14.3. High Availability (HA)
14.4. vMotion and Fault Tolerance (FT)
14.5. VMkernel interfaces
SBS LAB 75. Create vmkernel interface for vMotion and FT
SBS LAB 76. Join Class data center
SBS LAB 77. Test vMotion
SBS LAB 78. Create HA and DRS cluster
SBS LAB 79. Advanced cluster parameters

Module 15. vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT)
SBS LAB 80. Enabling FT on a VM
15.2. Storage DRS
SBS LAB 81. Create a Storage DRS luster
SBS LAB 82. Demo Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (sDRS)
15.3. Distributed Power Management (DPM)
SBS LAB 83. Configure DPM
15.4. vMotion Troubleshooting
15.5. Diagnose vMotion Network Errors
15.6. HA Troubleshooting
15.7. HA Slot Calculations

Module 16. Advanced vSphere Permissions, Cloud Computing and Resource Pools
16.1. Understanding vSphere Roles and Privileges
SBS LAB 84. Create a vSphere Role for users/groups
16.2. Understanding Resource Pools
SBS LAB 85. Create Resource Pool(s)
16.3. Understanding vSphere Permissions
SBS LAB 86. Apply vSphere user-defined Role to a Resource Pool
SBS LAB 87. Apply vSphere user-defined Role to a vNetwork (Port Group)
SBS LAB 88. Apply vSphere user-defined Role to a Storage Volume

Module 17. vSphere Health and Continuity
SBS LAB 89. ESXi Host backup
SBS LAB 90. Gather health info with RVTools

Module 18. Resource Management
18.1. Shares, Reservations, and Limits
SBS LAB 91. Test Shares, Reservations and limits using CPU Busy
18.2. Using esxtop
SBS LAB 92. Run esxtop to monitor performance
SBS LAB 93. Gather esxtop results for a period of time
18.3. Performance Charts and Monitoring
SBS LAB 94. Using Performance Charts

Module 19. Backup Techniques for a Virtualized Data Center
19.1. Third Party Backup in vSphere
SBS LAB 95. Configure a Windows server as vSphere
SBS LAB 96. Installing Veeam Backup & Replication
SBS LAB 97. Configure Veeam
SBS LAB 98. Configuring a backup job
SBS LAB 99. Restoring from a backup

Module 20. Appendix A – Useful Tools
20.1. Notepad++
SBS LAB 100. SBS LAB – Installing Notepad++
20.2. PuTTY
20.3. WinSCP
SBS LAB 101. SBS LAB – Installing WinSCP
20.4. Gparted
SBS LAB 102. SBS LAB – Using Gparted
20.5. RVTools
SBS LAB 103. SBS LAB – Installing RVTools
20.6. Classic Shell
SBS LAB 104. SBS LAB – Classic Shell
20.7. IOmeter
SBS LAB 105. SBS LAB – Using IOmeter to Analyze SAN Performance
20.8. Wireshark
SBS LAB 106. SBS LAB – Analyzing the Network With Wireshark
SBS LAB 107. SBS LAB –Using Wireshark to Determine Traffic Origin/Destination

Module 21. Appendix B – Terms

Module 22. Appendix E – VI Cheat Sheet

Module 23. Appendix F – List of Available Command Structures

Module 24. Complete List of ESX CLI Options

Module 25. Appendix G – VMware High Availability Advanced Options

Module 26. Appendix H – VMware DRS Advanced Options

Module 27. Appendix I – Joining the vCenter Server Appliance to an AD Domain

Module 28. Appendix J – Shortcuts to Microsoft Console Commands

Module 29. Appendix K – Valid NTP Servers
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