VMware vSphere 6.0 with ESXi & vCenter (VM01)

This powerful 5-day hands-on course is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.0 and vCenter™.  Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. With 40+% of class time is devoted to labs, attendees learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators.

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Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers and progress to shared storage, networking and centralized management. The class continues to advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, power management, back up and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points using vSphere. Students learn how to deliver business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot vSphere 6.0.

Prerequisites

Attendees should have user, operator, and administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc.  Attendees should have basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.  Experience installing, configuring, and managing operating systems, storage systems, and networks is recommended. 

OVERVIEW and OBjectives

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Configure and manage local storage
  • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segment
  • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
  •  Install, configure and update the Platform Service Controller and vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create and use Content Libraries to manage ISO repositories
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Configure and use hotplug hardware including hot-add vCPUs and Memory
  • Add and grow virtual disks including system disks and secondary volume
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  • Deploy and use VMware Replication to hot back up and recover critical Virtual Machines
  • Create and manage load balanced clusters
  • Enable, configure and use Distributed Power Management to reduce electrical power by soft powering off unneeded ESXi servers
  • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manage
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Understand and use advanced vSwitch settings like NIC Teaming and Security
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Hands-On LabS

  • Install of ESXi 6.0 and perform post-install configurations
  • Create and update network Standard Virtual Switches
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares. Create a Content Library and add ISO images
  • Create a Virtual Machine and install a guest OS into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities to the VM
  • Manually Clone a VM (without vCenter)
  • Installing and Configuring the Platform Service Controller
  • Install and configure the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configure Single Sign On (SSO) identity sources including Active Directory
  • Configure vCenter's inventory views to organize inventory objects
  • Install and configure the VMware Next Generation Web Client
  • Work with Clones and Templates. Convert a VM into a template. Rapidly deploy new VMs from template. Copy VMs using cloning.
  • Use guest OS customization to easily change the identity of a VM. Create, update and deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications
  • Work with virtual disks. Hot add a secondary virtual disk. Grow a non-system volume. Grow a Windows system disk and increase it's partitions without the need for 3rd party tools
  • Configure and test hotplug memory. Create multi-core vCPUs
  • Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles
  • Create, update Network Standard vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for performance and redundancy
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared storage
  • Configure and add a Virtual Raw Device Map to a VM
  • VMware VMFS – VMware's proprietary cluster file system. How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes
  • Create, manage and monitor Resource Pools. Work with resource tuning settings.
  • VM migration including Cold Migration, Storage Migration and VMotion
  • Automated VM resource load balancing with DRS clusters
  • Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures
  • Back up and restore VMs using VMware Replication
  • Using Converter Enterprise 6.0 to migrate physical machines to VMs
  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption
  • Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi hosts
  • Enable and test VMware Storage I/O control to implement share based disk I/O scheduling
  • Create a distributed virtual Switch. Back up and restore the vDS configuration
  • Joining ESXi to a Domain
  • Local User Management and Policies
  • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
  • Creating VMkernel ports
  • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
  • NFS Use Cases
  • Troubleshooting NFS connections
  • 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
  • Installing the Platform Service Controller
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
  • Organizing vCenter's inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation Web Client
  • Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images
  • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
  • Patching, and refreshing Templates
  • Cloning, one time copies of VMs
  • Adding and resizing virtual disks
  • Configuring local users and groups
  • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
  • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
  • Connecting to iSCSI storage
  • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • Creating custom alarms and actions
  • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them
  • Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • CPU resource scheduling
  • Memory resource scheduling
  • Resource Pools
  • Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
  • Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
  • Hot Migrations with VMotion
  • Troubleshooting VMotion
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
  • Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
  • Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Learn the features and benefits of DRS Power Management
  • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
  • VMware High Availability clusters
  • VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Explain vSphere Replication features and Use Cases
  • Import the vSphere Replication virtual appliance
  • Configure vSphere Replication including Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs)
  • Enable vSphere Replication on a VM
  • Recover a VM using vSphere Replication
  • Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
  • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts
  • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
  • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
  • Identifying and resolving resource contention
  • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance

COURSE DURATION

5 days

Continuing Education Credits

35

Locations

  • O'Fallon, IL (Greater St. Louis area)
  • Onsite, at your location.  We love to travel and will gladly send a trainer to your location. Please Contact Us for more information.

FORMAT

Live, Instructor-Led Training with a dynamic trainer that is a cyber security professional. Instructors have real-world experience with the material covered in the course.

Schedule

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