This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.
The course is based on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.0 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.1.This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.
Completion of one of the following courses:
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
- VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]
- VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1]
Or Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.
- Course Introduction
- Introductions and course logistics
- Course objectives
- VMware Management Resources
- Configure vMA
- Understand the esxcli and vicfg commands
- Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
- Understand important ESXi and vCenter Server log files
- Performance in a Virtualized Environment
- Understand the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
- Understand software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
- Use vSphere performance monitoring tools
- Network Scalability
- Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
- Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
- Understand distributed switch features such as PVLANs,
- VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, and NetFlow
- Network Optimization
- Understand performance features of network adapters
- Understand performance features of vSphere networking
- Monitor key network performance metrics
- Use vMA to manage virtual network configuration
- Troubleshoot common network performance problems
- Storage Scalability
- Configure storage multipathing
- Understand vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
- Explain profile-driven storage
- Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
- Describe VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ operation
- Configure Storage DRS and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
- Storage Optimization
- Diagnose storage access problems
- Understand how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
- Monitor key storage performance metrics
- Use vMA to manage virtual storage
- Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
- CPU Optimization
- Understand CPU scheduler and other features that affect CPU performance
- Monitor key CPU performance metrics
- Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
- Memory Optimization
- Understand memory reclamation techniques and overcommitment
- Monitor key memory performance metrics
- Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
- Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
- Understand performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed
- Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
- Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
- Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems
- Host and Management Scalability
- Understand how vCenter Linked Mode manages multiple vCenter Server inventories
- Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
- Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
- Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks#
- Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
- Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts
- Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
- Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
- Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
- Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
- Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere®
- Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere.
- Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.
- Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] are repeated in this course.
- Experienced system administrators and system integrators