VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale 6.5


Course Description

This five-day course will teach you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the VMware vSphere® 6.5 features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course will deepen your understanding of vSphere and how its advanced features and controls can benefit your organization.

Audience Profile

Experienced system administrators, system engineers, and system integrators

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

This course requires the following prerequisites: Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage 6.5 course. Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Configure and manage VMware ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client, VMware vSphere® Web Client, and VMware vSphere® ESXi Shell to manage vSphere.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy and host profiles to provision ESXi hosts.
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
  • Use VMware vRealize® Log Insight to monitor system logs.
  • Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance to be highly available and optimized for performance.
  • Migrate a Windows vCenter Server system to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats.
  • Encrypt virtual machines for additional security.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
• Identify additional resources for after this course
• Identify other VMware Education offerings
• Describe the user interfaces available in vSphere 6.5

Module 2: Network Scalability
• Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
• Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

Module 3: Storage Scalability
• Explain VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration and VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness
• Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
• Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
• Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

Module 4: Host and Management Scalability
• Explain the uses of VMware vCenter® Converter
• Define and use content libraries
• Describe and use host profiles
• Describe and use VMware vSphere® ESXi Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

Module 5: CPU Optimization
• Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
• Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics

Module 6: Memory Optimization
• Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
• Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

Module 7: Storage Optimization
• Describe storage queue types and other factors that affect storage performance
• Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

Module 8: Network Optimization
• Explain the performance features of network adapters
• Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
• Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

Module 9: Analyzing vSphere
• Explain how Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability
• Use vRealize Log Insight to identify and troubleshoot issues

Module 10: vCenter Server Availability and Performance
• Describe the high availability options for vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller
• Describe and use VMware vCenter Server® High Availability
• Identify the factors that influence vCenter Server performance
• Migrate a Windows vCenter Server 5.5 system to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

Module 11: vSphere Security
• Configure ESXi host access and authorization
• Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
• Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management
• Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere® vMotion® migrations

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