Course Duration : 5 Days


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


This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5 and effectively using VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with the vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict course. This course explores installation, configuration, and management of vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course also teaches skills in the use of vCenter Operations Manager as a forensic and predictive tool. This course is based on ESXi 5.1, vCenter Server 5.1 and vCenter Operations Manager 5.x.

•  Install and configure ESXi
•  Install and configure vCenter Server components
•  Use vCenter Server to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
•  Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
•  Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
•  Use vCenter Server to monitor resource use
•  Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
•  Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
•  Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection
•  Understand major and minor badges and their underlying metrics
•  Use these badges to find the root causes of common operational problems in a vSphere environment
•  Perform capacity management and what-if analyses
•  Use the Operations tab, the Planning tab, the Alerts tab, the Analysis tab, and the Reports tab
•  Navigate the vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 user interface
•  Use heat maps and create a custom heat map
•  Use smart alerts to detect system problems
•  Articulate the use case for the new policy structure in vCenter Operations Manager and how it can be used
to define configuration settings for objects in a vSphere environment
•  Work with groups to classify virtual objects in logical and business-related structures and how to apply
them to policies
•  Define new use cases based on the optimized integration with VMware® vCenter™ Operations
Management Suite™ products like VMware® vCenter Configuration Manager™,
VMware® vFabric™ Hyperic®, VMware® vCenter™ Infrastructure Navigator™, and other adapters

•  System administrators
•  Systems engineers
•  Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. Introduction to VMware Virtualization
    • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
    • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
  4. 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
  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
    • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
    • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  6. 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 vSphere® Storage Appliance
  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
    • Create a vApp
  8. Data Protection
    • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
    • Discuss solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently
  9. 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
    • Explain VMware® vShield Endpoint™ integration in vSphere
  10. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory use
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Monitor resource use using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  11. High Availability and Fault Tolerance
    • Introduce the new VMware vSphere® High Availability architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Introduce VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
    • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
  12. Scalability
    • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
    • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
  13. Patch Management
    • Use Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  14. 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)
  15. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  16. Introduction to VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite
    • Understand the role of operations management in the cloud era
    • Understand the vCenter Operations Management Suite and its packaging
  17. Architecture and Concepts
    • Understand the data collection methodology of the vCenter Operations Manager architecture
    • Learn how vCenter Operations Manager collects data
    • Master the main components of the dashboard view
    • Navigate the objects tree and understand the badge pane
  18. Working with Dashboards and Badges
    • Understand the functions of major and minor badges
    • Use the Health major badge
    • Use the Risk major badge
    • Use the Efficiency major badge
    • Use the Operations tab to navigate to details
  19. Analyzing with Heat Maps
    • Work with predefined and custom heat maps through the Analysis tab
  20. Working with Smart Alerts
    • Configure and use smart alerts
    • Set up email notifications
  21. Working with Capacity Planning and Reports
    • Schedule, use, and export predefined capacity management reports
    • Perform what-if analyses
  22. Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Operations Manager
    • Understand and meet preinstallation requirements
    • Install vCenter Operations Manager
    • Configure vCenter Operations Manager to gather data from its environment
  23. VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Update
    • Discuss the VMware management suite solution and products
    • List the key components and capabilities of vCenter Operations Management Suite
    • Describe the main features available in each of the vCenter Operations Management Suite products and editions
  24. VMware vCenter Operations Manager v5.6 Changes
    • Discuss configuration of policies and groups
    • Identify basic use cases and benefits from using policies and groups
    • Make changes to the vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 configurations
    • Explain changes to badges, metrics, and reports in version 5.6 of vCenter Operations Manager
  25. Integration with Other VMware Products
    • Identify use cases for the integration of other vCenter Operations Management Suite products
    • Discuss integration with vCenter Operations Manager for group management
    • Learn about new dashboard badges in vCenter Operations Manager

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