VMware vSphere 6.0 Masterclass

A hands on approach to building a VMware cluster from scratch. Taking bare metal through to a full deployment of a VMware ESXi 6.0, vCenter 6.0 management server and connecting this environment to an iSCSI/NFS target.

Designing and building a highly available platform to run virtual machines. Real life experiences and expertise given from on the job experience.

Course Pre-requisites

Delegates should be confident of supporting a Windows environment.

Course Outline

Day 1

Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Server, network, and storage virtualization
  • VSphere and the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interface

Installing VMware vSphere 6 Components

  • Introduce ESXi Installable installation
  • Introduce vCenter Server installation
  • Additional vCenter Server module installation

Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine and virtual machine appliance

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
  • View and create vCenter Server inventory objects

Configure and Manage Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties

 

Day 2

Configure and Manage vSphere Storage

  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Configure, deploy, and manage the VMware Virtual Storage Appliance
Virtual Machine Management
  • Deploy virtual machines using templates, cloning, and VMware vCenter Converter
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion migrations

Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Control virtual machine access to CPU, memory, and I/O resources
  • VMkernel methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
High Availability and Fault Tolerance
  • Configure and manage a VMware High Availability (HA) cluster
  • Configure fault-tolerant virtual machines using VMware Fault Tolerance

Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster
  • Configuring Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Using VMware HA and DRS together
Patch Management
  • Manage ESXi patching and patch compliance using vCenter Update Manager