VSICM8 - VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (V8)

This course covers advanced capabilities like customizing alerts, views, reports, and dashboards and explains the architecture and different ways of deploying VMware vRealize® operations. This course explains certificates, capacity concepts, and workload optimization with real-world use cases and covers troubleshooting using dashboards and how-to manage compliance and configurations. The course also covers management packs such as those for or in the SDDC Management Health solution, Storage Devices Management Pack, and AWS Management Pack.

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System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

vSphere and Virtualization Overview

Explain basic virtualization concepts
Describe how vSphere fits in the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
Recognize the user interfaces for accessing vSphere
Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, storage, and GPUs

Installing and Configuring ESXi

Install an ESXi host
Recognize ESXi user account best practices
Configure the ESXi host settings using the DCUI and VMware Host Client

Deploying and Configuring vCenter

Recognize ESXi hosts communication with vCenter
Deploy vCenter Server Appliance
Configure vCenter settings
Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys
Create and organize vCenter inventory objects
Recognize the rules for applying vCenter permissions
View vCenter logs and events

Configuring vSphere Networking

Configure and view standard switch configurations
Configure and view distributed switch configurations
Recognize the difference between standard switches and distributed switches
Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches

Configuring vSphere Storage

Recognize vSphere storage technologies
Identify types of vSphere datastores
Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing
Describe iSCSI components and addressing
Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi
Create and manage VMFS datastores
Configure and manage NFS datastores

Deploying Virtual Machines

Create and provision VMs
Explain the importance of VMware Tools
Identify the files that make up a VM
Recognize the components of a VM
Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options
Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources
Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them
Clone VMs
Create customization specifications for guest operating systems
Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries
Deploy VMs from content libraries
Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries

Managing Virtual Machines

Recognize the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances
Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion
Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations
Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion
Take a snapshot of a VM
Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots
Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualized environment
Describe how VMs compete for resources
Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits

Deploying and Configuring vSphere Clusters

Create a vSphere cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA
View information about a vSphere cluster
Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster
Recognize use cases for vSphere DRS settings
Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster
Describe how vSphere HA responds to various types of failures
Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster
Recognize vSphere HA design considerations
Recognize the use cases for various vSphere HA settings
Configure a vSphere HA cluster
Recognize when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance

Managing the vSphere Lifecycle

Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster
Describe features of the vCenter Update Planner
Run vCenter upgrade prechecks and interoperability reports
Recognize features of vSphere Lifecycle Manager
Distinguish between managing hosts using baselines and managing hosts using images
Describe how to update hosts using baselines
Describe ESXi images
Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and update ESXi hosts
Update ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations
Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware