VMware vSphere 5.0 Boot Camp

Course Name

VMware vSphere 5.0 Boot Camp
VMware vSphere 5.0 Boot Camp
VMware vSphere 5.0 Boot Camp
VMware vSphere 5.0 Sample Chapter

Format

5-day 10hr/day instructor led training

Course Books

700+ pg Study Guide with slide notes
250+ pg Lab Guide with detailed steps for completing labs

vSphere Version

Covers VMware vSphere 5.0 including ESXi 5.0 and vCenter

Delivery

Remote access to dedicated rack of servers with one HP DL365 server/student, an iSCSI SAN, etc.

Max Attendees

Limited by server availability. We currently have 150+ student servers available

Requirements

Course can be run from any location that has a reliable Internet connection. Each attendee needs a PC that supports Microsoft Terminal Services

Lab Time

40+% of class time is devoted to hands-on labs

Availability

January, 2012

Certification

Prepares attendees to challenge the ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist exam
One exam voucher included with this class

Suggested Price

$4,295 USD

Overview

This powerful 5-day 10hr/day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ 5.0 including VMware ESX™ 5.0 and vCenter™. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. 40+% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.

Labs 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 balancing, high availability, power management, back up and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points and then to use virtualization to delivers clear, tangible benefits. Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

The 10hr/day format gives attendees the time to learn about and use advanced VMware topics and develop superior VMware management, deployment and troubleshooting skills.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits,skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.0.

Objectives

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Configure and manage local storage
  • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments
  • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
  • Install, configure and administer VMware vCenter
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones - one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network, SAN
  • Deploy and use VMware Data Recovery to back up and recover VMs
  • Perform individual VM file level recoveries
  • Create and manage load balanced clusters
  • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
  • Configure and create VMs in Fault Tolerant mode for 100% VM uptime
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Deploy vCenter in Linked Mode for full management redundancy
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Who Should Attend

This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

  • System architectsor others who need to design virtual infrastructure
  • Security specialistsresponsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering Virtual Infrastructure
  • Operatorsresponsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance and capacity analystswho need to understand, provision, monitor and performance tune Virtual Infrastructure
  • Backup Administratorswho need to understand the impact of existing and new back up strategies in a virtual environment
  • Business Continuity specialistsresponsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administratorswho need to understand how VMware ESX uses Fibre SAN and iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment

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 and 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.

Chapter List

Our class consists of the following 24 chapters:

Chapter 1 – Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.0 Installable

Chapter 3 – Virtual and Physical Networking

Chapter 4 – NAS Shared Storage

Chapter 5 – Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

Chapter 6 – vCenter

Chapter 7 – VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

Chapter 8 – Advanced Virtual Machines

Chapter 9 – ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

Chapter 10 – Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

Chapter 11 – VMware File System (VMFS)

Chapter 12 – Resource Management and Resource Pools

Chapter 13 – ESX and vCenter Alarms

Chapter 14 – Host Profiles

Chapter 15 – Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone

Chapter 16 – Back Up, Recovery with VMware Data Recovery

Chapter 17 – VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

Chapter 18 – Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

Chapter 19 – Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

Chapter 20 – VM Fault Tolerance

Chapter 21 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

Chapter 22 – vCenter Redundancy with vCenter Linked Mode

Chapter 23 – Managing Scalability and Performance

Chapter 24 – Final Thoughts

Hands On Labs

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

  • Install of ESXi 5.0 and perform post-install configurations
  • Create and update network Standard Virtual Switches
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares
  • Create a Virtual Machine. Install Windows 2003 into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rdparty tools and utilities to the VM
  • Install and configure vCenter on Windows 2003. Install vCenter Modules
  • Configure vCenter's inventory views to organize inventory objects
  • 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
  • Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles
  • Create, update and work with Virtual Switches. Create NIC Teams for added performance and redundancy
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared storage
  • Create/use an iSCSI Raw Device Map
  • Work with storage multipath selection policies for better performance
  • VMware VMFS – How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes
  • Resource pools. Work with resource tuning settings
  • VM migration including Cold Migration, Storage Migration and VMotion
  • Automated VM resource load balancing with DRS clusters
  • Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures
  • Enable and test VM Fault Tolerance for 100% VM uptime
  • Back up and restore VMs using VMware Data Recovery
  • Perform VM file level recoveries using VMware Data Recovery
  • Using Converter Standalone to migrate physical machines to VMs
  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption
  • Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi hosts
  • Performance analysis and benchmarking storage and networking
  • Install vCenter in Linked Mode for added management redundancy
  • Use Host Profiles to ensure ESXi host configuration compliance

Certification

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

Detailed Chapter List

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

Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.0 Installable

  • Understanding ESXi
  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
  • Software installation and best practices
  • Joining ESXi to a Domain
  • First look at the VMware vSphere 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 4 – NAS Shared Storage

  • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
  • Shared Storage options
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • 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

  • vCenter feature overview and components
  • VMware Licensing
  • Organizing vCenter's inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Troubleshooting vCenter

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

Chapter 8 – Advanced Virtual Machines

  • Enabling and using VM Hotplug virtual hardware
  • CPU and Memory hot plug
  • Virtual NIC hot plug
  • Customizing Virtual CPUs for performance

Chapter 9 – 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 10 – 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
  • Working with multipath selection policies
  • iSCSI Raw Device Mapping

Chapter 11 – VMware File System (VMFS)

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rdparty Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • VMFS performance considerations

Chapter 12 – Resource Management and Resource Pools

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

Chapter 13 – ESXi and vCenter Alarms

  • Alarm categories and definitions
  • Creating custom alarms and actions
  • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them

Chapter 14 – Host Profiles

  • UsingmHost Profiles to capture an ESXi host configuration
  • Perform configuration compliance scans
  • Remediating out of compliance configuration issues
  • Rapid ESXi host deployment/configuration with Host Profiles

Chapter 15 – Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone

  • vCenter Converter overview
  • Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
  • Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

Chapter 16 – Back Up, Recovery with VMware Data Recovery

  • Pro’s and Con’s of traditional back up strategies
  • Backing up VMs with VMware Data Recovery
  • Backing and restoring your ESXi server configuration
  • File level recovery with VMware Data Recovery
  • Third party VM back up solutions

Chapter 17 – VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

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

Chapter 18 – Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
  • Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides

Chapter 19 – Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

  • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
  • VMware High Availability clusters
  • Cluster options and their effects on failure recovery

Chapter 20 – VMware Fault Tolerance

  • Fault Tolerance overview, features and limitations
  • Configuration, monitoring and recovery
  • FT ESXI hosts and network compatibility requirements
  • Creating and administering FT VMs

Chapter 21 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

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

Chapter 22 – 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

Chapter 23 – vCenter and vCenter Linked Mode

  • vCenter architectural and feature overview
  • vCenter sizing considerations
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Redundant vCenter configurations using vCenter Linked Mode
  • Troubleshooting vCenter

Chapter 24 – Final Thoughts

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

For More Information

This class can be customized to meet your unique training and delivery needs, including:

  • On-site delivery at your facility
  • Custom timetables including 3-day rapid delivery boot-camps
  • Content and Lab customization to meed your unique training needs
  • Distance training
  • Mentoring, implementation planning and assistance

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