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VMWare vSphere with ESXi and vCenter

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  • Overview

    This powerful 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMware’s vSphere™ 5.5 including VMware ESX™ 5.5 and vCenter™. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. More than 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.

    Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting and more. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered.

    This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

    By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.5.

  • Who Should Take This Course


    This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

    • System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure
    • Security specialists responsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering Virtual Infrastructure
    • Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
    • Performance and capacity analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor and performance tune Virtual Infrastructure
    • Backup Administrators who need to understand the impact of existing and new back up strategies in a virtual environment
    • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
    • Storage administrators who need to understand how VMware ESX uses Fibre SAN and iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
    • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.


    Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

  • Why You Should Take This Course

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

    • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
    • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
    • Configure and manage local storage
    • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments
    • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
    • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
    • Install, configure Single Sign On services
    • Install, configure and administer VMware vCenter
    • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
    • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
    • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
    • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
    • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
    • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network, SAN,
    • Deploy and use VMware Data Recovery to back up and recover VMs
    • Create and manage load balanced clusters
    • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
    • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
    • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
    • Replicate critical VMs to protect against data loss and service loss
    • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
    • Troubleshoot common problems
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline

    Chapter 1 – Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

    • Virtualization explained
    • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
    • Common pain points in PC Server management
    • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
    • VMware vSphere software products

    Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable (HoL)

    • Understanding ESXi
    • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
    • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
    • Software installation and best practices
    • Joining ESXi to a Domain
    • First look at the VMware vSphere Client

    Chapter 3 – Virtual and Physical Networking (HoL)

    • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
    • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
    • Creating VMkernel ports
    • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

    Chapter 4 – NAS Shared Storage (HoL)

    • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
    • Shared Storage options
    • NFS Overview
    • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
    • Troubleshooting NFS connections

    Chapter 5 – Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines (HoL)

    • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
    • Sizing and creating a new VM
    • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
    • Working with a VM’s BIOS
    • VMware remote console applications
    • Installing an OS into a VM
    • Driver installation and customization

    Chapter 6 – vCenter Server and the Next Generation Web Client (HoL)

    • The need for Identity Source management
    • Installing and configuring the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
    • Connecting to Active Directory and other identity sources
    • vCenter feature overview, components and licensing
    • Organizing vCenter’s inventory views
    • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
    • Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation vSphere Client (NGC)

    Chapter 7 – VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones (HoL)

    • Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images
    • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
    • Patching, and refreshing Templates
    • Cloning, one time copies of VMs
    • Best practices for cloning and templating
    • Adding and resizing virtual disks

    Chapter 8 – ESXi and vCenter Permission Model (HoL)

    • VMware Security model
    • Configuring local users and groups
    • Managing local permissions
    • vCenter security model
    • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
    • How permissions are applied

    Chapter 9 – Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage (HoL)

    • Fibre SAN overview
    • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
    • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
    • iSCSI overview
    • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
    • Connecting to iSCSI storage
    • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
    • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices

    Chapter 10 – VMware Cluster File System (HoL)

    • Unique file system properties of VMFS
    • Managing shared Volumes
    • Creating new VMFS partitions
    • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
    • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
    • VMFS performance considerations

    Chapter 11 – ESX And vCenter Alarms (HoL)

    • Alarm categories and definitions
    • Creating custom alarms and actions
    • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them

    Chapter 12 – Resource Management and Resource Pools (HoL)

    • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
    • Shares, Reservations and Limits
    • CPU resource scheduling
    • Memory resource scheduling
    • Resource Pools

    Chapter 13 – Consolidation with VCenter Converter Standalone (HoL)

    • vCenter Converter overview
    • Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
    • Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
    • Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

    Chapter 14 – VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion (HoL)

    • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
    • Hot Migrations with VMotion
    • VMotion requirements and dependencies
    • How VMotion works – detailed explanation
    • Troubleshooting VMotion
    • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

    Chapter 15 – Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler (HoL)

    • Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
    • Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
    • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
    • Per-VM cluster policy overrides

    Chapter 16 – Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters (HoL)

    • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
    • VMware High Availability clusters
    • VMware Fault Tolerance

    Chapter 17 – Host Profiles (HoL)

    • Using Host Profiles to capture an ESXi host configuration
    • Perform configuration compliance scans
    • Remediating out of compliance configuration issues
    • Rapid ESXi host deployment/configuration with Host Profiles

    Chapter 18 – vSphere Replication (HoL)

    • Understanding vSphere Replication
    • Install and configure Replication VM
    • Configuring a VM for hot replication
    • Recovering a VM using vSphere Replication

    Chapter 19 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager (HoL)

    • Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
    • Establishing a patch baseline
    • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts

    Chapter 20 – Managing Scalability and Performance (HoL)

    • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
    • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
    • Identifying and resolving resource contention
    • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
    • Performance and capacity planning strategies

    Chapter 21 – Final Thoughts

    • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
    • Determining which workloads to consolidate
    • Other considerations
  • 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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