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VMware vSphere 6.0/6.5 Datacenter Operations Course Outline

 (4 days)
Version 6.0/6.5

Our VMware vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 DCO class is designed for IT professionals that need to improve their VMware skills or would like a refresher on management using the updated VMware vSphere™ Web Clients.

During class we focus exclusively on real-world knowledge and Best Practices that you will use in production every day.

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 Datacenter Operations (DCO) 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™ 6.0 /6.5 including:
 What's New in VMware® vSphere™
 Planning and Design for VMware® vSphere™
 Implementation with ESXi and vCenter (VCSA)
 VMware® vSphere™ Management
 Virtualize Business-Critical workloads with VMware® vSphere™
 Cloud Control "Own your cloud and manage it too!"
 Backup and Remediation VMware® vSphere™
 VMware® vSphere™ Integrations, Tools and 3rd Party add-ons

Our class uses all of the latest management consoles and tools, but is fully backward compatible to VMware vSphere™ 6.0.

 Install, Configure, and Manage VMware vSphere™
 Enable ESXi hypervisor security with Active Directory
 Create and manage Virtual Machines and Appliances
 Connect to SAN Storage, manage storage paths, create VMFS Volumes
 Manage virtual networking including multiple NICs, Load Balancing and Fail-over
 Configure Jumbo Frames the right way for iSCSI
 Configure Roles, Privileges and Permissions
 Monitor Tasks, Events and Alarms
 Configure Clusters for HA and DRS
 Use vMotion
 Implement Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS)
 Implement High Availability
 Implement and use Distributed Power Management (DPM)
 Manage resources with Resource Pools
 Configure and use the VMware vCenter Update Manager (VUM) to patch ESXi 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™ 6.5 environment.

The VMware® vSphere™ 6.0 / 6.5 Datacenter Operations (DCO) is intended for IT professionals proficient in Windows and Server administration.

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™ 6.5
3.1. What is VMware® vSphere™?
3.2. VMware® vSphere™ Components
3.3. What's new in VMware® vSphere™ 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 6.5
SBS LAB 3. Using ESXI 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. Virtual Machines
7.1. The Virtual Machine Remote Console
7.2. Windows Desktop VMs
SBS LAB 10. Building a Windows 7 VM
SBS LAB 11. VMware Tools
7.3. Mission Critical VMs
SBS LAB 12. Windows Server 2012
SBS LAB 13. VMware tools for w2k12
7.4. Virtual Appliances
SBS LAB 14. Deploy Scientific Linux Virtual Appliance deployment
SBS LAB 15. Export/Create Virtual Appliance from Linux VM
7.5. Virtual Machine File Types
SBS LAB 16. Virtual machine Files and Folders
SBS LAB 17. Files and Folders using Putty
7.6. VM Configuration Parameters
SBS LAB 18. Typematic Resolution
7.7. Timekeeping in Virtual Machines
SBS LAB 19. Disable Timekeeping for Windows Server VM
7.8. Understanding Snapshots
SBS LAB 20. Creating, Deleting, and Consolidating Snapshots

Module 8. vCenter Server
8.1. vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
SBS LAB 21. Installing the vCSA
SBS LAB 22. Downloading log file bundles
8.2. vCenter Consoles, Clients and connections
SBS LAB 23. Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Web console
SBS LAB 24. vCenter Server HTML5 Web Client – experimental
SBS LAB 25. vCenter Server Flash Web Client – supported for production use

Module 9. vSphere™ Management With vCenter Server
SBS LAB 26. Adding AD as LDAP ID Source
SBS LAB 27. Initial Global Permission assignment
SBS LAB 28. Adding ESXI server(s)
SBS LAB 29. Licensing
SBS LAB 30. Disabling SSH alarm
SBS LAB 31. Configuring vCenter to send and receive email
9.2. Scheduled Tasks
SBS LAB 32. Scheduled Tasks
9.3. Alarms
SBS LAB 33. Cresting an Alarm for one Inventory Item
SBS LAB 34. Creating an Alarm for the whole environment

Module 10. Virtual Networking
10.1. 802.2 Networking Terms
10.2. Virtual Switches
SBS LAB 35. Moving a VM between Standard switches
10.3. VLANS
10.4. Best Practices Network Configuration
SBS LAB 37. Add physical NICs and create redundancy
SBS LAB 38. Create separate network for non-management VMs (production)
10.5. Standard vSwitch Properties
SBS LAB 39. Security policy
SBS LAB 40. Set Load Balancing
SBS LAB 41. Set Failover Policy
10.6. vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS)
SBS LAB 42. Create a vDS and Port Group
SBS LAB 43. Migrate VMs to vDS
SBS LAB 44. Add Port Group to vDS
SBS LAB 45. vDS Security, Traffic Shaping, and Load Balancing
SBS LAB 46. Remove vDS

Module 11. The VMkernel port group
11.1. What is a VMkernel in reality?
11.2. Properties of the VMkernel
SBS LAB 47. Create Redundant iSCSI Network Connections
SBS LAB 48. Set vSwitch Load Balancing for compliance with vSphere™ Port Binding requirements

Module 12. vSphere™ Storage
12.1. Terms
12.2. Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
12.3. Local Storage
12.4. Virtual SAN (HP VSA, VSA)
12.5. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
SBS LAB 49. Add NFS Share
12.6. SAN Storage
12.7. Presenting Block Storage to vSphere™
SBS LAB 50. Add ISCSI SAN Storage Adapter
SBS LAB 51. Set Port Binding for iSCSI
12.8. VMFS File System
SBS LAB 52. Formatting a LUN as VMFS 5
SBS LAB 53. Setting the Path Selection Policy (PSP) for one LUN (GUI)
SBS LAB 54. Setting the default Path Selection Policy (PSP) for all LUNs (CLI)
SBS LAB 55. Changing the Threshold for Round Robin (CLI)

Module 13. VMware HA and DRS Clusters
13.1. Reasons for clustering
13.2. DRS and DPM
13.3. High Availability (HA)
13.4. vMotion and Fault Tolerance (FT)
13.5. VMkernel interfaces
SBS LAB 56. Create vmkernel interface for vMotion and FT
SBS LAB 57. Join Class data center
SBS LAB 58. Test vMotion
SBS LAB 59. Create HA and DRS cluster
SBS LAB 60. Advanced cluster parameters

Module 14. vSphere™ Fault Tolerance (FT)
SBS LAB 61. Enabling FT on a VM
14.2. Storage DRS
SBS LAB 62. Create a Storage DRS luster
SBS LAB 63. Demo Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (sDRS)
14.3. Distributed Power Management (DPM)
SBS LAB 64. Configure DPM
14.4. vMotion Troubleshooting
14.5. Diagnose vMotion Network Errors
14.6. HA Troubleshooting
14.7. HA Slot Calculations

Module 15. Advanced vSphere™ Permissions, Cloud Computing and Resource
15.1. Understanding vSphere™ Roles and Privileges
SBS LAB 65. Create a vSphere™ Role for users/groups
15.2. Understanding Resource Pools
SBS LAB 66. Create Resource Pool(s)
15.3. Understanding vSphere™ Permissions
SBS LAB 67. Apply vSphere™ user-defined Role to a Resource Pool
SBS LAB 68. Apply vSphere™ user-defined Role to a vNetwork (Port Group)
SBS LAB 69. Apply vSphere™ user-defined Role to a Storage Volume

Module 16. Virtual Machine Deployment Techniques
16.1. Templates and Clones
SBS LAB 70. Create a vCenter Clone
SBS LAB 71. Use vSphere™ Customization Specification (Sysprep)
SBS LAB 72. Convert to template
SBS LAB 73. Deploy a new VM from Template
16.2. Preparing VMs for production use
SBS LAB 74. Extending a VM disk live
SBS LAB 75. Adding a disk to a mission critical Server
SBS LAB 76. Static IP and domain join
SBS LAB 77. Creating proper service account

Module 17. vSphere™ Health and Continuity
SBS LAB 78. Gather health info with RVTools

Module 18. Resource Management
18.1. Memory Conservation Techniques
18.2. Transparent Page Sharing
18.3. Memory Ballooning
18.4. ESXi Memory Swapping
18.5. CPU Management
18.6. CPU Scheduling Affinity
18.7. Shares, Reservations, and Limits
SBS LAB 79. Test Shares, Reservations and limits using CPU Busy

Module 19. Performance Charts and Monitoring
19.1. Metrics and Thresholds
19.2. Using Performance Charts

Module 20. Backup Techniques for a Virtualized Data Center
20.1. Third Party Backup in vSphere™
SBS LAB 80. Configure a Windows server as vSphere™
SBS LAB 81. Installing Veeam Backup & Replication
SBS LAB 82. Configure Veeam
SBS LAB 83. Configuring a backup job
SBS LAB 84. Restoring from a backup

Module 21. Appendix A – Useful Tools
21.1. Notepad++
SBS LAB 85. SBS LAB – Installing Notepad++
21.2. PuTTY
21.3. WinSCP
SBS LAB 86. SBS LAB – Installing WinSCP
21.4. Gparted
SBS LAB 87. SBS LAB – Using Gparted
21.5. RVTools
SBS LAB 88. SBS LAB – Installing RVTools
21.6. Classic Shell
SBS LAB 89. SBS LAB – Classic Shell
21.7. IOmeter
SBS LAB 90. SBS LAB – Using IOmeter to Analyze SAN Performance
21.8. Wireshark
SBS LAB 91. SBS LAB – Analyzing the Network With Wireshark
SBS LAB 92. SBS LAB –Using Wireshark to Determine Traffic Origin/Destination

Module 22. Appendix B – Terms

Module 23. vCenter Server for Windows
SBS LAB 93. MSSQL 2k12 for VMware
SBS LAB 94. Database creation for vCenter Server
SBS LAB 96. Installing vCenter Server

Module 24. Appendix E – VI Cheat Sheet

Module 25. Appendix F – List of Available Command Structures

Module 26. Appendix G – VMware High Availability Advanced Options

Module 27. Appendix H – VMware DRS Advanced Options

Module 28. Appendix J – Shortcuts to Microsoft Console Commands

Module 29. Appendix K – Valid NTP Servers
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