Learning VMware vSphere (VM7437)

Computer virtualization is a method to enable the running of multiple application workloads on a machine to achieve efficient utilization and reduce the number of physical machines in a data center. This has now become the foundation of many modern day data centers. What began as a technology to virtualize x86 architecture has now grown beyond the limits of a server’s hardware and into the realm of storage and network virtualization. VMware is currently the market leader in developing data center virtualization solutions.

This course goes into the details of designing and implementing VMware solutions that form the foundation of a VMware infrastructure.

The course begins by introducing you to the concepts of server virtualization followed by the architecture of VMware’s hypervisor – ESXi and then by its installation and configuration. You then learn what is required to manage a vSphere environment and configure advanced management capabilities of vCenter. Next you are taken through topics on vSphere Networking, Storage, ESXi Clustering, Resource Management and Virtual Machine Management. You will then be introduced to SSL Certificate Management and its use in a vSphere environment. Finally, you will learn about the lifecycle management of a vSphere environment by effectively monitoring, patching and upgrading vSphere components using Update Manager.

By the end of the course, you will know how to use VMware’s vSphere suite of components to lay the foundation of a modern day virtual infrastructure.

Plan de formation: 

Module 1: An introduction to server virtualization using VMware

  • The magic of server virtualization

  • What is a hypervisor?

  • What is a virtual machine?

  • An introduction to VMware vSphere


Module 2: The hypervisor – ESXI

  • The architecture of ESXi

  • Laying the groundwork for ESXi deployment

  • Installing ESXi – the interactive method

  • Using the vSphere Client

  • Creating additional local users on an ESXi host

  • Using the ESXi Managed Object Browser

  • Understanding other ESXi deployment methods


Module 3: The management layer – VMware vcenter

  • VMware vCenter Server concepts

  • Laying the foundation for a vCenter deployment

  • Installing vCenter on a Windows platform

  • Deploying the appliance-based vCenter and its components

  • Configuring the identity sources on the SSO server

  • Configuring licenses for the vSphere environment

  • Adding an ESXi host to the vCenter

  • Enhanced Linked Mode


Module 4: vSphere networking concepts and management

  • The need for a software virtual switch

  • The difference between a physical and virtual switch

  • Physical NIC enumeration

  • A virtual machine network interface (vNIC)

  • The VMkernel network interface (vmk)

  • The VMware OUI MAC addresses

  • The standard virtual switch (vSwitch)

  • vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (VDS)

  • Advanced network configuration

  • Networking monitoring methods on a VDS

  • Bandwidth management using Network I/O Control (NetIOC)


Module 5: vSphere storage concepts and management

  • Local versus remote storage

  • Storage Protocols

  • Understanding RAID groups

  • Logical Unit Number (LUN)

  • Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)

  • Storage Array types

  • Configuring access to Fiber channel storage

  • Configuring access to iSCSI storage

  • Configuring access to NFS storage

  • Datastore management

  • Managing VMFS snapshots

  • Storage I/O Control (SIOC)

  • Storage DRS


Module 6: Advanced vSphere infrastructure management

  • Introducing vSphere vMotion

  • Clustering ESXi hosts for compute aggregation and power management

  • Clustering ESXi hosts for high availability


Module 7: Understanding host profiles, image profiles, and auto deploy

  • Host profiles

  • Image profiles

  • Auto Deploy


Module 8: Virtual machines concepts and management

  • Virtual machine components

  • New vSphere 6 virtual machine features

  • Creating a virtual machine

  • Virtual machine settings

  • Fault Tolerance


Module 9: Monitoring performance of a vSphere environment

  • Understanding CPU performance

  • Understanding memory performance

  • Understanding network performance

  • Understanding storage performance

  • Understanding resource controls

  • Monitoring performance


Module 10: Certificate management for a vSphere environment

  • SSL certificate concepts

  • How VMware products use SSL certificates

  • Using the vSphere Certificate Manager Utility

  • Installing the default root certificate

  • Managing ESXi SSL certificates

  • Viewing certificates using the vSphere Web Client


Module 11: Securing a vSphere environment

  • Securing ESXi

  • Securing vCenter Server

  • Securing virtual machines

  • vSphere authentication

  • vSphere permissions

  • Syslog


Module 12: Life cycle management of a vSphere environment

  • Planning an upgrade

  • Upgrading vCenter Server

  • Upgrading vSphere Update Manager (VUM)

  • Upgrading ESXi

  • Upgrading Distributed Switch

  • Upgrading Virtual Machines

2 695 $