VMware Training: vSphere, ESXi and vCenter Complete


Course Delivery

Live Instructor-Led Training

Course Description

The course vSphere, ESXi and vCenter Virtualization (VMware Training) explores every aspect of server virtualization using VMware technologies. The training begins the installation and configuration of an ESXi server. The course then explores shared storage, virtual networking, server administration and everything that you ever wanted to know about centralized management. Having mastered the basics of VMware server virtualization, advanced topics such as resource balancing, high availability, power management, backup and recovery, vCenter redundancy, rapid deployment and storage migration are discussed in detail. This VMware essentials course will give you the needed knowledge and skills to implement a production VMware based virtualization infrastructure.

Course Dates and Pricing


Sep 10 - 14, 2018$3,500.00Oct 8 - 12, 2018$3,500.00Nov 5 - 9, 2018$3,500.00Dec 3 - 7, 2018$3,500.00

Course Outline

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
New Features and Improved in vSphereworkshopInfo

How to Install, Configure ESXiworkshopInfo

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

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

Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage

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

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
Use and update VMware Host Client

vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client

The need for Identity Source management
Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance with embedded Platform Service Controller
Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
vCenter feature overview and components
vCenter inventory views
Importing ESXi hosts into vCenter management
Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation Web Client

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
Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory

ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

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

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

VMware File System (VMFS)

Unique file system properties of VMFS
Managing shared Volumes
Creating new VMFS partitions
Introduction to 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

Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms

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

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

VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
Hot Migrations with VMotion
VMotion requirements and dependencies
How VMotion works – detailed explanation
How to test ESXi hosts and VMs for VMotion compatibility
Troubleshooting VMotion
Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

Distributed Resource Scheduling Load Balanced Clusters

CPU and Memory resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
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

Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
VMware High Availability clusters
How VMware HA protects against ESXi host, storage network and SAN volume failures
Introduction to VMware Fault Tolerance

Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication

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

Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
Establishing a patch baseline
Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts

Managing Scalability and Performance

VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
Tuning VM storage I/O performance
Identifying and resolving resource contention
Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
Performance and capacity planning strategies

Final Thoughts

Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
Determining which workloads to consolidate
Other considerations

Course Locations

  • Ottawa

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

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