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VMS-ICM65 - VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (vSphere ICM 6.5)

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This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

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Prerequisites


This course requires the following prerequisites:
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Detailed Class Syllabus


Course Introduction


Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives
Describe the content of this course
Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
Identify additional resources

Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center


Describe the topology of a physical data center
Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
Define the files and components of virtual machines
Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
Define the purpose of ESXi
Define the purpose of vCenter Server
Explain the software-defined data center
Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

Creating Virtual Machines


Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
Explain the importance of VMware Tools
Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
Identify the virtual machine disk format

vCenter Server


Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Use vSphere Web Client
Backup and restore vCenter Server
Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks


Describe, create, and manage standard switches
Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
Describe the virtual switch connection types
Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
Use VLANs with standard switches

Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage


Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5
Introduce Virtual SAN
Describe guest file encryption

Virtual Machine Management


Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
Modify and manage virtual machines
Clone a virtual machine
Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Create, clone, and export vApps
Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Resource Management and Monitoring


Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
Configure and manage resource pools
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Use various tools to monitor resource usage
Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
Describe and deploy resource pools
Set reservations, limits, and shares
Describe expandable reservations
Schedule changes to resource settings
Create, clone, and export vApps
Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance


Explain the vSphere HA architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN
Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
Introduce vSphere Replication
Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

Host Scalability


Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize©_ Operations Manager
Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere©_ ESXi Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere©_ Auto Deploy capabilities
Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance


Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
Create patch baselines
Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
Scan and remediate hosts