Course Overview

VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider based in Palo Alto, Calif. Founded in 1998, VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. EMC Corporation originally acquired VMware in 2004; EMC was later acquired by Dell Technologies in 2016. VMware bases its virtualization technologies on its bare-metal hypervisor ESX/ESXi in x86 architecture.

Audience Profile:

– System administrators

– System engineers

– Experienced system administrators, cloud administrators, system integrators, and deployment consultants

Course Outcome:

Describe the software-defined data center
* Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
* Add ESXi hosts to a VMware v Center® Server Appliance™ instance
 * Describe the vRealize Automation architecture and use cases
 * Install and configure vRealize Automation
 * Manage vRealize Automation entities on VMware and third-party virtual, cloud, and physical infrastructures
* Describe the features, benefits, components, and integration of vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Automation
* Describe the role of vRealize Orchestrator workflows and content elements in automation
* Use the vRealize Orchestrator client to access and navigate the vRealize Orchestrator platform and to import and run library vRealize Orchestrator workflows
 * Apply enterprise design principles
* Design and deploy a tiered VMware vSphere® resource architecture for CPU, storage, and network resources, including VMware NSX®
* Design and deploy a vRealize Automation distributed infrastructure for an enterprise cloud
 * Configure and manage vSphere networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
* Use VMware vSphere® Client™, VMware vSphere® Web Client, and VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell to manage vSphere
 * Use vSphere Client, the command-line interface, and logs to diagnose and resolve problems in the vSphere environment
 * Introduce troubleshooting principles and procedures
 * Use VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface to diagnose and resolve problems in the vSphere environment

Course Content

1  Course Introduction

•  Introductions and course logistics

•  Course objectives

•  Describe the content of the course

•  Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system

•  Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone

•  Identify additional resources

2  Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

•  Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure

•  Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage

•  Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host

•  Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions

•  Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3

•  Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning

•  Install and configure ESXi host settings

•  Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot

3  Creating Virtual Machines

•  Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine

•  Explain the importance of VMware Tools™

•  Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

4  vCenter Server

•  Describe the vCenter Server architecture

•  Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server

•  Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance

•  Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory

•  Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server

•  Create custom inventory tags

•  Describe the rules for applying permissions

•  Create a custom role in vCenter Server

•  Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule

•  Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup

•  Monitor vCenter Server Appliance

5  Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

•  Describe, create, and manage standard switches

•  Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies

•  Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

•  Describe the virtual switch connection types

•  Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture

•  Use VLANs with standard switches

6  Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

•  Identify storage protocols and storage device types

•  Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

•  Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores

•  Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

•  Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™

7  Virtual Machine Management

•  Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

•  Modify and manage virtual machines

•  Create an instant clone of a virtual machine

•  Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

•  Add a hot-pluggable device

•  Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk

•  Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine

•  Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

•  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

8  Resource Management and Monitoring

•  Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment

•  Describe what overcommitment of a resource means

•  Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage

•  Configure and manage resource pools

•  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

•  Use various tools to monitor resource usage

•  Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

9  vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

•  Explain the vSphere HA architecture

•  Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

•  Use vSphere HA advanced parameters

•  Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover

•  Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats

•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance

•  Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines

•  Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN

•  Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines

•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication

10  vSphere DRS

•  Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster

•  Create a vSphere DRS cluster

•  View information about a vSphere DRS cluster

•  Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules

•  Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

11  vSphere Update Manager

•  Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager

•  Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps

•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration

•  Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

12  vSphere Troubleshooting

•  Apply a troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency

•  Review troubleshooting tools

•  Find important log files •  Use vSphere Syslog Collector