VMware vSphere 6.5 Boot Camp

 

VMware vSphere 6.7 Boot Camp – 5 Days

Course Description – VMware vSphere 6.7 Boot Camp

The VMware vSphere 6.7 Boot Camp is a 5-day, 10 hour per day extended hours class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and vCenter™ 6.7. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes introduced in vSphere 6.y. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere Client for both presentation material and lab procedures.

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. With 45+% of class time is devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators.

Students use dedicated labs that 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 management, high availability, replication, performance, disaster preparedness, rapid deployment and VM cold, hot and storage migration.

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 6.7.

ent, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot vSphere 6.5 installations.

Course Books:

  • 720 pg study guide fully annotated with slide notes
  • 240 pg lab guide with detailed steps for completing all labs
  • 150 pg boot camp supplement guide with four additional chapters and labs

Intended Audience

This course is intended for candidates seeking to fill entry-level System Administration positions that require exposure to virtual infrastructure technologies.

Objectives

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Upgrade and use Host Client to manage stand alone ESXi hosts
  • Configure and manage local storage resources
  • Create virtual and virtual to physical network configurations
  • Use advanced networking including pNIC teams to deliver fast, redundant and reliable networking
  • Define and use file share (NAS / NFS) datastores
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Install, configure and upgrade VMware Tools
  • Install, configure and update the Platform Service Controller and vCenter Server Appliance
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Use Guest OS customization to rapidly configure new VMs according to requirements
  • Configure and use hotplug hardware to upgrade VM hardware with zero downtime
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Work with roles and permissions to implement access controls to vCenter
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  • Create both physical and virtual Raw Device Maps to give VMs direct ownership of SAN volumes
  • Configure and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Add and grow VM virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
  • Use vCenter alarms to monitor ESXi, VM, storage and network health, performance, state
  • Use Resource Pools to bulk delegate resource to meet Service Level Agreements
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot VMotion migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure and manage server CPU and Memory capacity and maintain VM responsiveness with Distributed Resource Schedule load balanced clusters
  • Deliver high VM service availability using VMware High Availability clusters
  • Use HA to successfully minimize VM down time caused by ESXi host failures, storage network failures or SAN volume failures
  • Configure, implement and use VMware Fault Tolerance to provide Zero-downtime VMs
  • Implement a disaster preparedness strategy using VMware Replication
  • Use vSphere Replication to hot replicate and recover business critical Virtual Machines
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Create, configure, update and test Distributed Virtual Switches
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization

Prerequisites

Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

Outline

  1. Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Risks & Rewards
  2. How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable(HoL1)
  3. Virtual and Physical Networking(HoL)
  4. NAS Shared Storage(HoL)
  5. Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines(HoL)
  6. Install and Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance(HoL)
  7. VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones(HoL)
    Advanced Virtual Hardware – Hot Plug CPU/Memory(HoL)
  8. ESXi and vCenter Permission Model(HoL)
  9. Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage(HoL)
    Work with Raw Device Maps(HoL)
  10. VMFS – The VMware Cluster File System(HoL)
  11. ESX and vCenter Alarms(HoL)
  12. Resource Management and Resource Pools(HoL)
  13. Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone(HoL)
  14. VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion(HoL)
  15. Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler(HoL)
    DRS Power Management – Configure and Test(HoL)
  16. Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters(HoL)
    VM Fault Tolerance – Configure and Test(HoL)
  17. Host Profiles(HoL)
  18. Hot VM Protection with vSphere Replication (HoL)
  19. Patch Management with VMware Update Manager(HoL)
  20. Managing Scalability and Performance(HoL)
  21. Distributed Virtual Switches – Configure, Back Up and Recover(HoL)
  22. Final Thoughts

1 HoL – Every attendee perform a Hands on Lab at the end of the chapter

Certification

Attendees have the option to earn ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist (ECVS) by challenging a certification exam at the end of the course.

Hands On Labs

Attendees will complete the following hands on labs during the class:

  • Install of ESXi 6.7 and perform post-install configurations
  • Update ESXi 6.7 Host Client to improve stability and add features
  • Create, update Network Standard vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for performance and redundancy
  • Enable Jumbo Frames on vSwitches and VMkernel ports
  • Create active/active and active/standby pNIC teams
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares
  • 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
  • Export a VM in Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) and then re-import it
  • Install and configure the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
  • Configure Single Sign On (SSO) identity sources including Active Directory
  • Configure vCenter’s inventory views to organize inventory objects
  • Getting started with 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
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Scanning for and connecting to SAN shared storage
  • Create a physical Raw Device Map (pRDM). Assign it to a Windows VM and test VM to SAN LUN access
  • VMware VMFS – VMware’s cluster file system. How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes
  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption
  • Create and resource tune Resource Pools. Test resource resource delegations
  • Cold Migration VMs from one ESXi host and storage volume to another
  • Hot VMotion the live running state of a VM from one ESXi host to another
  • Hot Storage Migrate the live disk state of a running VM from one datastore to another
  • Build and test an automated CPU and Memory resource load balancing DRS clusters
  • Create and test an HA cluster. Watch the cluster place and restart VMs during a server failures
  • Prepare for an IT failure with vSphere Replication. Hot replicate and then restore a running VM
  • Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi hosts. Perform an ESXi host Patch Scan, review host non-compliance with attached patch baselines and then apply patches to update the ESXi host
  • Create a Distributed Virtual Switch and assign uplinking pNICs
  • Migrate Standard vSwitch VMkernel ports, Port Groups to the dvSwitch. Verify network functionality
  • Performance analysis and bench marking storage and networking

Students now benefit from un-shared labs. Rather than working in teams of 2, students now complete all tasks by themselves on their own private lab environment. This provides a better learning environment for students and facilitates remote attendance.

Chapters

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Chapter 1 – Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

  • Virtualization explained
  • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
  • Common pain points in PC Server management
  • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
  • VMware vSphere software products
  • What’s New and Improved in vSphere 6.7

Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.7

  • Understanding ESXi
  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
  • Software installation and best practices
  • Join ESXi to a Domain
  • Local User Management and Policies
  • First look at the VMware vSphere Client and VMware Host Client

Chapter 3 – Virtual and Physical Networking

  • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
  • Creating VMkernel ports
  • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

Chapter 3.1 – Virtual and Physical Networking

  • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
  • Creating VMkernel ports
  • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

 

Chapter 4 – Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage

  • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
  • NFS Use Cases
  • Troubleshooting NFS connections

Chapter 5 – Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
  • 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

Chapter 6 – vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client

  • The need for Identity Source management
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Service Controller
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
  • vCenter feature overview and components
  • Organizing vCenter’s inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Administering vCenter Server with Web Client

Chapter 7 – VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

  • Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images
  • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
  • Patching, and refreshing Templates
  • Cloning, one time copies of VMs
  • Best practices for cloning and templating
  • Adding and resizing virtual disks
  • Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory

Chapter 8 – ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

  • VMware Security model
  • Configuring local users and groups
  • Managing local permissions
  • vCenter security model
  • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
  • How permissions are applied

Chapter 9 – Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

  • Fibre SAN overview
  • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
  • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
  • iSCSI overview
  • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
  • Connecting to iSCSI storage
  • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
  • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • Understanding the benefits of VMware VAAI compliant storage

Chapter 9.1 – Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps

  • Explain Physical and Virtual Raw Device Maps (RDMs)
  • Use cases for Raw Device Maps
  • How Raw Device Maps work with VM cold, VMotion and Storage VMotion migrations
  • Using RDMs to implement Virtual and Virtual/Physical Microsoft Fail Over Clusters

Chapter 10 – VMware File System (VMFS)

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Explanation of new VMFS 6 features and capabilities
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • VMFS performance considerations
  • VMFS scalability and reliability

Chapter 11 – Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms

  • Alarm categories and definitions
  • Creating custom alarms and actions
  • Configure vCenter so it can send E-mail and SNMP alerts
  • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them
  • Work with alarm conditions, triggers and actions
  • Identify most useful alarms to review and enable

Chapter 12 – Resource Management and Resource Pools

  • Delegate resources in bulk using Resource Pools
  • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
  • Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • CPU resource scheduling
  • Memory resource scheduling
  • Resource Pools

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