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VSPHEREFT6 - VMware vSphere: Fast Track (vSphere FT)

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This intensive, extended-hours course combines instructor training with hands-on labs to focus on how to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 6, including VMware ESXi 6 and VMware vCenter Server 6. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with troubleshooting skills needed for maintaining highly available and scalable vSphere environments. Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exam.

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  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course or VCA-DCV certification

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

Module 2: Software-Defined Data Center

Introduce virtualization 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
Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Deploy a single virtual machine
Explain the importance of VMware Tools
Describe how to import an OVF template

Module 4: VMware vCenter Server

Introduce vCenter Server architecture
Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Use the vSphere Web Client
Configure VMware vCenter Single Sign-On and VMware Platform Services Controller
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Module 5: Troubleshooting vSphere

Use a structured approach to troubleshoot issues in vSphere
Discuss options for running vSphere commands
Locate and use important vSphere log files

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
Describe and modify standard switch properties
Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group
Describe, create, and manage a distributed switch
Troubleshoot virtual networking

Module 7: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

Introduce storage protocols and device names
Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage vSphere VMFS datastores
Introduce VMware Virtual SAN datastores
Troubleshoot virtual storage

Module 8: 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 VMware vSphere vApp
Describe the types of content libraries
Troubleshoot virtual machines and snapshots

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Configure and manage resource pools
Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
Use vRealize Operations Manager to manage a software-defined data center
Troubleshoot ESXi and vCenter Server

Module 10: vSphere HA and vSphere FT

Explain the vSphere HA architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine
Describe vSphere Replication and vSphere Data Protection
Troubleshoot vSphere HA

Module 11: Host Scalability with vSphere DRS

Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
Create a vSphere DRS cluster
View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
Troubleshoot vSphere DRS clusters

Module 12: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

Describe, install, and configure vSphere Update Manager
Describe and use host profiles
Use baselines and remediate ESXi hosts
Perform patch management

Module 13: Installing vSphere Components

Describe how to install ESXi interactively
Identify the basic requirements for an ESXi host to boot from SAN
Identify system requirements to install vCenter Server
Install vCenter Server on a supported Windows system