Course Duration : 5 Days

VMware vSphere : Optimize and Scale [v5.5]

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® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

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.

•  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 to manage vSphere
•  Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course.

•  Experienced system administrators
•  Systems engineers
•  System integrators

    1. Course Introduction
      • Introductions and course logistics
      • Course objectives
    2. VMware Management Resources
      • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
      • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
      • Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
      • Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files
    3. Performance in a Virtualized Environment
      • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
      • Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
      • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools
    4. Network Scalability
      • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
      • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
      • Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
    5. Network Optimization
      • Explain the performance features of network adapters
      • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
      • Monitor key network performance metrics
      • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
      • Troubleshoot common network performance problems
    6. Storage Scalability
      • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
      • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
      • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
    7. Storage Optimization
      • Diagnose storage access problems
      • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
      • Configure vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
      • Monitor key storage performance metrics
      • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
      • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
    8. CPU Optimization
      • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
      • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
      • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
    9. Memory Optimization
      • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
      • Monitor key memory performance metrics
      • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
    10. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
      • Describe 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
    11. Host and Management Scalability
      • 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

VMware vSphere with Operations Management Fast Track [v5.1]