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VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter Operations Course Outline

 (4 days)
Version 6.0

This special “No Command Line" class will focus on providing Administrators with all the information they need to know for successful vSphere administration. In our VMware ® vSphere ™ 6.0 - Datacenter Operations, each student will install and configure their own ESXi 6 server “the right way” and then build a complete VMware vSphere environment.

Every participant will gain a solid understanding of Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud Computing along with a clear, real-world roadmap for planning and upgrading to vSphere 6.0 including:
∙ What's New in VMware® vSphere™ 6.0
∙ Cloud Computing - Cloud Control
∙ VMware® vSphere™ 6.0 Management techniques and utilities
∙ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Once each student has had the opportunity to configure his/her own vSphere environment, we will cluster the classroom ESX Servers and explore the more advanced vCenter concepts like Distributed Resource Scheduling, High Availability and Distributed Power Management. All Labs will be done using our state-of-the-art VMware Hardware Compatibility List servers.
We will focus on vSphere administration using the available GUI tools; the vSphere Client and vCenter Server. Administrators will learn what they need to know without loading up on deprecated or highly-specific command-line tools useful only in specialized situations. This class is ideal for Administrators who work primarily in Windows and have an immediate need for useful knowledge and ability with VMware vSphere.

The VMware ® vSphere ™ 6.0 - Datacenter Operations features over 40 interactive Step-By-Step Labs (SBS LAB ™), complete with detailed instructions, full-color documentation and screenshots of all steps. The book alone is sure to become one of the most valued reference materials in your library.

Every participant will gain real-world experience with VMware® vSphere™ including a comprehensive understanding of Cloud Computing, Datacenter Operations and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

∙ Install and configure ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server, VMware Data Recovery
∙ Create and manage Virtual Machines and Appliances
∙ Connect to SAN Storage, manage storage paths, create VMFS Volumes
∙ Manage virtual networking including multiple NIC's, Load Balancing and Fail-over
∙ Configure Roles, Privileges and Permissions
∙ Use Host Profiles
∙ Monitor Tasks, Events and Alarms
∙ Perform migrations (P2V, V2V, V2P) with the VMware Converter
∙ Configure ESX Server Clusters
∙ Implement vMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduling
∙ Implement High Availability
∙ Implement and use Distributed Power Management
∙ Manage resources with Resource Pools
∙ Remediate ESX Servers and VM's using the VMware Update Manager
∙ Backup VM's using VMware Data Recovery and the vStorage API
∙ Utilize and integrate 3rd Party Tools into the datacenter environment

The VMware ® vSphere ™ 6.0 - Datacenter Operations is intended for IT professionals with familiarity with Windows Server and TCP/IP Networking.


I. Introduction and Overview
i. SBS LAB - Connecting to your server(s)

II. Grounds for Virtualization
1. Virtualization defined
2. What's in it for me?
3. What is a hypervisor?
i. Hypervisor Classifications
ii. Comparison of production hypervisors

III. VMware vSphere
1. What is vSphere?
2. vSphere Components

IV. Preparing to deploy vSphere
1. Understanding Storage Architecture
2. Understanding the VMFS Filesystem

V. Install ESXi (The VMware Hypervisor)
i. SBS LAB - ESX Server Installation process
2. The vSphere Client
i. SBS LAB - Install vSphere Client
ii. SBS LAB - Logging in to your ESX Server the first time
3. Time In a vSphere Environment
i. SBS LAB - Configure NTP on ESX with an External Stratum 1 time source
ii. SBS LAB - Validating ESX Time Configuration

VI. Virtual Machines
1. Virtual Machine Concepts
i. SBS LAB - Configuring a New Virtual Machine
ii. SBS LAB - Install a Guest Operating System
2. Windows XP the Right Way
i. SBS LAB - Preparing Diskette Image to install Windows 7
ii. SBS LAB - Creating the VM for Windows 7
iii. SBS LAB - Installing Windows 7
3. Virtual Machine Files
i. SBS LAB - Virtual Machine File Extensions
4. Modifying Virtual Machines, Prepare VM for Production
i. SBS LAB - VMware Tools
ii. SBS LAB – Choosing the right networking driver for your VM

VII. vCenter Server
1. vCenter Server Services
2. vCenter Requirements
3. vCenter Required Components
4. vCenter Required Ports
5. Preparing for a vCenter Server Installation
6. The vCenter Database
i. SBS LAB - Creating the Database for vCenter
ii. SBS LAB - Creating the Database for vCenter SSO
iii. SBS LAB - Preparing Windows for vCenter
iv. SBS LAB - vCenter Server Installation
7. Worksheet For installing vCenter Server
8. Best Practices for a vCenter Server installation

VIII. vCenter Management
1. Initial Configuration
i. SBS LAB - Connecting to the vCenter Server
ii. SBS LAB - Adding ESX Server(s) to vCenter
2. Tasks Events and Alarms
i. SBS LAB - Tasks and Events
ii. SBS LAB – Using Scheduled Tasks
iii. SBS LAB - Create an alarm
3. Host Profiles
i. SBS LAB – Create a Host Profile
ii. SBS LAB – Working with Host Profiles
iii. SBS LAB – Apply a Host Profile
4. vCenter Permissions
i. SBS LAB - Create a vCenter Permission
ii. SBS LAB – Apply a vCenter Permission
5. Templates and Clones
i. SBS LAB - Enable Customization Specification
ii. SBS LAB - Create a vCenter Clone
iii. SBS LAB - Convert to Template
iv. SBS LAB - Convert to Virtual Machine
v. SBS LAB - Clone to Template

IX. Operating System Migration (P2V, V2V, V2P, P2P)
1. Migration Methods, Techniques and Tools
i. SBS LAB – Migration using VMware Converter

X. VMware vCenter Update Manager (VUM)
1. How VUM Works
i. SBS LAB – Installing and configuring VMware Update Manager (VUM)
ii. SBS LAB – Patching ESX Servers

XI. Performance Charts and Monitoring
1. Charts, Options and Counters
i. SBS LAB - Setting up Statistics
2. Using vCenter Performance Charts
i. SBS LAB - Demonstrate CPU Saturation
ii. SBS LAB - Examine Memory Utilization
iii. SBS LAB - Examine Network Utilization

XII. Virtual Networking
1. Standard vSwitch Properties
i. General / Number of ports
ii. Security Policy Exceptions
iii. Traffic Shaping
iv. NIC Teaming, Load Balancing, and Failover Detection
2. Port Groups (Connection Types)
i. Virtual Machine Port Group
ii. Service Console Port Group
iii. VMkernel Port Group
3. VLAN's
4. Uplinks (Physical NIC’s)
i. Physical NIC Considerations
5. Super vSwitch Concept
6. VMkernel Port Group
i. SBS LAB - Creating a Standard vSwitch VMkernel Connection

XIII. ESX Server SAN Storage and Multipathing
i. SBS LAB - Connecting to iSCSI SAN
ii. SBS LAB - Create a VMFS Volume
iii. SBS LAB – Manage Storage Paths

XIV. vMotion and Storage vMotion
1. vMotion requirements
i. SBS LAB - Storage vMotion in action
ii. SBS LAB - vMotion in Action

XV. vCenter Clustering
1. Reasons for Clustering
2. Types of vSphere Clusters
i. VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
1. VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM)
ii. VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS)
3. VMware High Availability
i. Here's how HA works
ii. SBS LAB - Configuring Clusters for DRS and HA
iii. HA Considerations
iv. SBS LAB - HA Options

XVI. Distributed Power Management (DPM)
1. DPM Requirements and Considerations
i. SBS LAB - Configuring DPM

XVII. Resource Management
1. Memory Management
2. Transparent Page Sharing
3. Memory Ballooning
4. ESX Memory Swapping
5. Virtual Machine Resource Allocation: Shares, Reservations, and Limits
i. SBS LAB - Virtual Machine Resource Allocation
6. Resource Pools
i. Usage Scenarios for Resource Pools
ii. SBS LAB - Create Resource Pool

XVIII. Backup Techniques for a Virtualized Datacenter
1. VMware vStorage API
i. SBS LAB - Configure Windows optimally for backups with the vStorage API
ii. SBS LAB - The vStorage API and Veeam Backup

XIX. Tools and Integrations for a Virtualized Datacenter
1. Disk Partitioning
i. SBS LAB – Windows tools for expanding a System Disk
2. Archive Management – ISO’s, ZIP and TAR
i. SBS LAB – Tools for Managing Archives
ii. SBS LAB - Prepare Slipstreamed Windows Installation
3. Management and Reporting Tools
i. SBS LAB – Automating the creation of Reports
ii. SBS LAB – Advanced Performance Monitoring (Windows Tools)
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