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VMWare vSphere 6 – Datacenter Operations

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  • Overview

    This special “No Command Line” class focuses on providing administrators with all the information they need for successful vSphere administration. In VMware ® vSphere™ 6 – Datacenter Operations, each student will install and configure their own ESXi 6 server “the right way” and then build a complete VMware vSphere environment.
    Every participant will gain a solid understanding of Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud Computing along with a clear, real-world roadmap for planning and upgrading to vSphere 6 including:

    • What’s New in VMware® vSphere™ 6
    • Installing, configure and manage VMware® vSphere™ 6
    • Deploy VMware vCenter Server (Windows) and the VMware vCenter Appliance
    • Create and manage Virtual Machines
    • Backup Virtual Machines with the vSphere API for Data Protection

    Once each student has had the opportunity to configure his/her own vSphere environment, we will cluster the classroom ESXi Servers and explore the more advanced vCenter concepts like Distributed Resource Scheduling, High Availability and Distributed Power Management. All Labs will be done using our state-of-the-art VMware Hardware Compatibility List servers.

    We will focus on vSphere administration using the available GUI tools; the vSphere Client and vCenter Server. Administrators will learn what they need to know without loading up on deprecated or highly-specific command-line tools useful only in specialized situations. This class is ideal for Administrators who work primarily in Windows and have an immediate need for useful knowledge and ability with VMware vSphere. This class is fully compatible with VMware® vSphere™ 5.1 and VMware® vSphere™ 5.5.
    The VMware® vSphere™ 6 – Datacenter Operations features over 40 interactive Step-By-Step Labs (SBS LAB™), complete with detailed instructions, full-color documentation and screenshots of all steps. The book alone is sure to become one of the most valued reference materials in your library.

    Every participant will gain real-world experience with VMware® vSphere™ including a comprehensive understanding of Cloud Computing, Datacenter Operations, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

  • Who Should Take This Course


    The VMware® vSphere™ 6 – Datacenter Operations is intended for IT professionals with familiarity with Windows Server and TCP/IP Networking.

  • Why You Should Take This Course

    At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

    • Install and configure ESXi 6, vCenter Server
    • Create and manage Virtual Machines and Appliances
    • Connect to SAN Storage, manage storage paths, create VMFS Volumes
    • Manage virtual networking including multiple NIC’s, Load Balancing and Fail-over
    • Configure Roles, Privileges and Permissions
    • Use Host Profiles
    • Monitor Tasks, Events and Alarms
    • Configure vSphere Clusters
    • Implement vMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS)
    • Implement High Availability (HA)
    • Implement and use Distributed Power Management (DPM)
    • Manage resources with Resource Pools
    • Remediate (patch) ESXi Servers using the VMware Update Manager
    • Backup VM’s using VMware vStorage API for Data Protection and Veeam
    • Utilize and integrate 3rd Party Tools into the datacenter environment
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline
    1. Introduction and Overview
      1. SBS LAB – Connecting to your server(s)
    2. Grounds for Virtualization
      1. Virtualization defined
      2. What’s in it for me?
      3. What is a hypervisor?
        1. Hypervisor Classifications
        2. Comparison of production hypervisors
    3. VMware vSphere
      1. What is vSphere?
      2. vSphere Components
    4. Preparing to deploy vSphere
      1. Understanding Storage Architecture
      2. Understanding VMFS 5 Filesystems
    5. Install ESXi (The VMware Hypervisor)
      1. SBS LAB – ESXi Server Installation process
    6. The vSphere Client
      1. SBS LAB – Install vSphere Client
      2. SBS LAB – Logging in to your ESX Server the first time
    7. Time In a vSphere Environment
      1. SBS LAB – Configure NTP on ESX with an External Stratum 1 time source
      2. SBS LAB – Validating ESX Time Configuration
    8. Virtual Machines
      1. Virtual Machine Concepts
        1. SBS LAB – Configuring a New Virtual Machine
        2. SBS LAB – ISO Media location and connection
        3. SBS LAB – Choosing a storage driver
        4. SBS LAB – Installing Server 2012
          1. Mission-Critical Virtual Machine build techniques
        5. SBS LAB – Installing Windows 7
          1. Virtual Desktop/Workstation Best Practices
      2. Virtual Machine Files
        1. SBS LAB – Virtual Machine Files and  Extensions
      3. Modifying Virtual Machines, Prepare VM for Production
        1. SBS LAB – VMware Tools
        2. SBS LAB – Editing Virtual Machine properties with the wizard
        3. SBS LAB – Editing advanced Virtual Machine properties in the *.vmx file


    1. vCenter Server
      1. vCenter Server Services
      2. vCenter Requirements
      3. vCenter Required Components
      4. vCenter Required Ports
      5. Preparing for a vCenter Server Installation
      6. The vCenter Database
        1. SBS LAB – Creating the Database for vCenter
        2. SBS LAB – Preparing Windows for vCenter
        3. SBS LAB – vCenter Server Installation
      7. Worksheet For installing vCenter Server
      8. Best Practices for a vCenter Server installation
    2. vCenter Management
      1. Initial Configuration
        1. SBS LAB – Connecting to the vCenter Server
        2. SBS LAB – Adding ESX Server(s) to vCenter
      2. Tasks Events and Alarms
        1. SBS LAB – Tasks and Events
        2. SBS LAB – Using Scheduled Tasks
        3. SBS LAB – Create an alarm
      3. Host Profiles
        1. SBS LAB – Create a Host Profile
        2. SBS LAB – Working with Host Profiles
        3. SBS LAB – Apply a Host Profile
      4. vCenter Permissions
        1. SBS LAB – Create a vCenter Permission
        2. SBS LAB – Apply a vCenter Permission
      5. Templates and Clones
        1. SBS LAB – Enable Customization Specification
        2. SBS LAB – Create a vCenter Clone
        3. SBS LAB – Convert to Template
        4. SBS LAB – Convert to Virtual Machine
        5. SBS LAB – Clone to Template
    3. VMware vCenter Update Manager (VUM)
      1. How VUM Works
        1. SBS LAB – Installing and configuring VMware Update Manager (VUM)
        2. SBS LAB – Patching ESX Servers


    1. Performance Charts and Monitoring
      1. Charts, Options and Counters
        1. SBS LAB – Setting up Statistics
      2. Using vCenter Performance Charts
        1. SBS LAB – Demonstrate CPU Saturation
        2. SBS LAB – Examine Memory Utilization
        3. SBS LAB – Examine Network Utilization
    2. Virtual Networking
      1. Standard vSwitch Properties
        1. General / Number of ports
        2. Security Policy Exceptions
        3. Traffic Shaping
        4. NIC Teaming, Load Balancing, and Failover Detection
      2. Port Groups (Connection Types)
        1. Virtual Machine Port Group
        2. Service Console Port Group
        3. VMkernel Port Group
        4. VLAN’s
      3. Uplinks (Physical NIC’s)
        1. Physical NIC Considerations
      4. VMkernel Port Group
        1. SBS LAB – Creating a Standard vSwitch VMkernel Connection
    3. ESX Server SAN Storage and Multipathing
      1. SBS LAB – Connecting to iSCSI SAN
      2. SBS LAB – Create a VMFS Volume
      3. SBS LAB – Manage Storage Paths
    4. vMotion and Storage vMotion
      1. vMotion requirements
        1. SBS LAB – Storage vMotion in action
        2. SBS LAB – vMotion in Action
    5. vCenter Clustering
      1. Reasons for Clustering
      2. Types of vSphere Clusters
        1. VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
        2. VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM)
      3. VMware High Availability
        1. Here’s how HA works
        2. SBS LAB – Configuring Clusters for DRS and HA
        3. HA Considerations
        4. SBS LAB – HA Options


    1. Distributed Power Management (DPM)
      1. DPM Requirements and Considerations
        1. SBS LAB – Configuring DPM
    2. Resource Management
      1. Memory Management
      2. Transparent Page Sharing
      3. Memory Ballooning
      4. ESX Memory Swapping
      5. Virtual Machine Resource Allocation: Shares, Reservations, and Limits
        1. SBS LAB – Virtual Machine Resource Allocation
      6. Resource Pools
        1. Usage Scenarios for Resource Pools
        2. SBS LAB – Create Resource Pool
    3. Backup Techniques for a Virtualized Datacenter
      1. VMware vStorage API
        1. SBS LAB – Configure Windows optimally for backups with the vStorage API
        2. SBS LAB – The vStorage API and Veeam Backup
    4. Tools and Integrations for a Virtualized Datacenter
      1. Disk Partitioning
        1. SBS LAB – Windows tools for expanding a System Disk
      2. Archive Management – ISO’s, ZIP and TAR
        1. SBS LAB – Tools for Managing Archives
        2. SBS LAB – Prepare Slipstreamed Windows Installation
      3. Management and Reporting Tools
        1. SBS LAB – Automating the creation of Reports
        2. SBS LAB – Advanced Performance Monitoring (Windows Tools)

    VMware, VMware vSphere, ESX, VMware vCenter, VMware View, Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) and VMotion™ are registered trademarks of VMware, Inc.

  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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