VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [v.6.7]

This two-day technical classroom training course is designed to help operators and administrators who create and manage virtual machines.

By combining lecture and hands-on labs the course will help you gain the skills required to work effectively with VMware virtual machines. This course is based on VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0.  

After completing this course, you may enroll in advanced VMware vSphere® courses. For advanced vSphere course options, go to http://www.vmware.com/education.

Audience

Technical professionals with system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using ESXi and vCenter Server

Prerequisites

  • System administration experience on Microsoft, Linux, Solaris 
  • Understanding of basic network and storage concepts

Course objectives

  • Describe virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Describe the concepts of server, network, storage, and desktop virtualization
  • Deploy, configure, clone, and manage virtual machines
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor virtual machine resource usage
  • Use VMware vSphere® vApp(s)™ to bundle and manage multiple interoperating virtual machines and software applications
  • Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machines
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™, VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance, VMware vSphere® Data Protection™, and VMware vSphere® Replication™ to optimize the performance of your vSphere virtual environment

Programme

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course goals and objectives
  • Online vSphere resources
  • Location of online vSphere documentation

2. VMware Virtualization Overview

  • Identify the differences between traditional and virtual architecture
  • Identify the infrastructure components that can be virtualized
  • Describe VMware virtualization concepts
  • Describe the components of vSphere
  • Describe the inventory objects managed by vSphere
  • Identify the components of vCenter Server

3. vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client

  • Identify the differences between the VMware vSphere® Web Client and VMware vSphere® Client™ interfaces
  • Access and navigate through the vSphere Web Client interface
  • Use vSphere Web Client to monitor and manage vSphere objects
  • Perform searches in vSphere Web Client
  • Remove stored data from vSphere Web Client
  • Apply roles and permissions to users and user groups

4. Creating and Managing Virtual Machines 

  • Create and manage virtual machines
  • Install a guest operating system and VMware Tools™
  • Explain how to use clones and templates to manage virtual machines
  • Explain the importance of content libraries
  • Configure virtual machines
  • Manage virtual machines using snapshots
  • Explain how raw device mapping (RDM) allows a virtual machine to directly access and use a storage device

5. Monitor Virtual Machine Resources

  • Explain virtual machine resource monitoring concepts
  • Monitor virtual machine resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  • Describe and monitor tasks
  • Describe, monitor, and manage events
  • Describe, monitor, manage, and acknowledge alarms

6. Using vSphere vApp(s)

  • Describe  vApp(s)
  • Explain the benefits of vApp(s)
  • Create, edit, and manage a vApp
  • Clone a vApp
  • Manage the power status of a vApp

7. Migrating Virtual Machines

  • Describe the types of migration
  • Explain the importance of vSphere vMotion
  • Identify the host and virtual machine requirements for vSphere vMotion
  • Explain how to migrate virtual machines using vSphere vMotion
  • Explain how to migrate storage with vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Explain how to migrate virtual machines across virtual switches, vCenter Server systems, and long distances

8. Using vSphere for Scalability and Business Continuity

  • Explain how vSphere DRS can be used to optimize the performance of the hosts and virtual machines in a cluster
  • Explain how vSphere HA can be used to increase the availability of your virtual machines
  • Explain how vSphere FT can be used for continuous availability of a virtual machine
  • Explain how vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Replication can be used to replicate backup and restore data in your virtual environment