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VM-VSPH: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

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The VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]course is a fast paced intensive program with special focus on hands on labs. This course provides skills on installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which comprises VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5.

This course is based on ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and majority of the class time is devoted to completing a large set of 24 hands-on labs. This course fulfills the prerequisite for the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV).

Course Outline


1. Virtualized Data Center

  • Introduce components of the virtualized data center
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Introduce VMware vCenter Single Sign-on
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client

2. Creating Virtual Machines

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

3. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Deploy and manage VMware Virtual SAN?

6. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere vApp(s)?

7. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

9. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Describe VMware vSphere Replication

10. Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and DRS together

11. Patch Management

  • Use vCenter Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install vCenter Update Manager and the vCenter Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

12. Installing VMware Components

  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

Hands On Labs

Lab 1: Installing VMware vSphere GUIs

  • Access Your Student Desktop System
  • Install the vSphere Client

Lab 2: Configuring VMware ESXi

  • Connect to an ESXi Host with the vSphere Web Client
  • View the Host Hardware Configuration
  • Configure the DNS and Routing Information for an ESXi Host
  • Configure an ESXi Host as an NTP Client
  • Configure an ESXi Host to Use Directory Services

Lab 3: Working with Virtual Machines

  • Create a Virtual Machine
  • Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
  • Identify a Virtual Machine's Disk Format and Usage Statistics
  • Install VMware Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows Operating System
  • Prepare the Virtual Machine for Upcoming Labs

Lab 4: Configuring VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance for First Use
  • Install vSphere License Keys
  • Create a vCenter Server Inventory Data Center Object
  • Add Your ESXi Host to the vCenter Server Inventory

Lab 5: Using the VMware vSphere Web Client

  • Install the Client Integration Plug-In
  • Navigate the vSphere Web Client
  • Pin and Unpin Panes
  • Hide the Getting Started Tabs
  • Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware

Lab 6: Configuring VMware vCenter Single Sign-On

  • Use the Web Console to Configure vCenter Server Appliance to Use Directory Services
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to Add the Domain Admins Group to Administrators

Lab 7: Creating Folders in VMware vCenter Server

  • Create a Host Folder Object
  • Create a Virtual Machine Folder

Lab 8: Standard Switches

  • View the Current Standard Switch Configuration
  • Create a Standard Switch with a Virtual Machine Port Group
  • Attach Your Virtual Machine to a Virtual Switch Port Group

Lab 9: Accessing iSCSI Storage

  • Add a VMkernel Port Group to a Standard Switch
  • Configure the iSCSI Software Adapter

Lab 10: Accessing NFS Storage

  • Configure Access to NFS Datastores
  • View NFS Storage Information

Lab 11: Managing VMware vSphere VMFS

  • Review the Shared Storage Configuration
  • Change the Name of a VMFS Datastore
  • Create a VMFS Datastore
  • Expand a VMFS Datastore to Consume Unused Space on a LUN
  • Remove a VMFS Datastore
  • Extend a VMFS Datastore

Lab 12: Using Templates and Clones

  • Copy Sysprep Files to the vCenter Server Instance
  • Create a Template
  • Create Customization Specifications
  • Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template
  • Clone a Virtual Machine that is Powered On

Lab 13: Modifying a Virtual Machine

  • Increase the Size of a VMDK File
  • Adjust Memory Allocation on a Virtual Machine
  • Rename a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Add a Raw LUN to a Virtual Machine
  • Expand a Thin-Provisioned Virtual Disk

Lab 14: Migrating Virtual Machines

  • Migrate Virtual Machine Files with vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Create a Virtual Switch and a VMkernel Port Group for vSphere vMotion Migration
  • Verify that Your ESXi Host Meets vSphere vMotion Requirements
  • Verify that Your Virtual Machines Meet vSphere vMotion Requirements
  • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration of a Virtual Machine on a Shared Datastore
  • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration to a Local Datastore

Lab 15: Managing Virtual Machines

  • Unregister a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Register a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
  • Unregister and Delete Virtual Machines from Disk
  • Take Snapshots of a Virtual Machine
  • Revert to a Snapshot
  • Delete an Individual Snapshot
  • Use the Delete All Function in Snapshot Manager

Lab 16: Managing VMware vSphere vApps

  • Create a vApp
  • Power on a vApp
  • Remove a vApp

Lab 17: User Permissions

  • Create a Custom Role in vCenter Server
  • Assign Permissions on vCenter Server Inventory Objects
  • Verify Permission Usability

Lab 18: Resource Pools

  • Create CPU Contention
  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Test
  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Prod
  • Verify Resource Pool Functionality

Lab 19: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

  • Create CPU Activity
  • Use vSphere Web Client to Monitor CPU Utilization
  • Undo Changes Made to the Virtual Machines

Lab 20: Using Alarms

  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm that Monitors for a Condition
  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm that Monitors for an Event
  • Trigger Virtual Machine Alarms and Acknowledge the Alarms
  • Disable Virtual Machine Alarms


Lab 21: Using VMware vSphere High Availability

  • Create a Cluster Enabled for vSphere HA
  • Add Your ESXi Host to a Cluster
  • Test vSphere HA Functionality
  • Determine the vSphere HA Cluster Resource Usage
  • Manage vSphere HA Slot Size
  • Configure a vSphere HA Cluster with Strict Admission Control

Lab 22: Configuring VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Prepare the Virtual Machine
  • Enable the vSphere FT Logging
  • Activate the vSphere FT Protection
  • Test the vSphere FT Configuration
  • Disable the vSphere FT Protection

Lab 23: VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Create Load Imbalance
  • Create a DRS Cluster
  • Verify Proper DRS Cluster Functionality
  • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-VM Affinity Rule
  • Create, Test, and Disable an Anti-Affinity Rule
  • Create, Test, and Disable a Virtual Machines to Hosts Affinity Rule

Lab 24: VMware vSphere Update Manager

  • Install vSphere Update Manager
  • Install the Update Manager Client Plug-in
  • Modify Cluster Settings
  • Configure vSphere Update Manager
  • Create a Patch Baseline
  • Attach a Baseline and Scan for Updates
  • Stage the Patches onto the ESXi Hosts
  • Remediate the ESXi Hosts