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Integrating vSphere with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage

  • Tuition USD $1,695
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  • Course Code 971-6447
  • Duration 2 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

This 2-day course is designed to help you understand how to effectively use PS Series Storage in VMware environments and implement VMware integration tools including Virtual Storage Manager for VMware (VSM/VE) in order to build an efficient and fully optimized storage environment. Discussions on design considerations when deploying PS Series Storage in a vSphere environment are supplemented with hands-on exercises in order to provide practical knowledge and real-world experience prior to deploying in a live environment, resulting in less downtime.

Skills Gained

You will learn:

  • The key components of the vSphere environment that interact with the EqualLogic SAN environment
  • The setup requirements for using iSCSI volumes on ESX servers
  • How to create and present PS Series volumes to Guest VMs
  • How to install the Multipath Extension Module (MEM)
  • How to use the PS Series data protection features in a VMware environment
  • How the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware are used
  • How Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager for VMware is used to: Protect and recover VMs, Manage Datastores, Deploy VDI desktops, Configure VASA
  • vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI)

Who Can Benefit

  • Storage Administrators
  • IT Professionals
  • Technical Support



  • Course: Dell EqualLogic PS Series Advanced Management and Data Protection Tools

Course Details

Module 1: vSphere and Dell EqualLogic Storage Interoperability Overview

  • Review Dell EqualLogic storage
  • Review vSphere components: Virtual Storage Manager (VSM), vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) functionality

Module 2: VMware MPIO and Multipath Extension Module (MEM)

  • Configure ESX to use PS Series Volumes
  • Requirements for PS Series volumes to be used by ESX servers in a vSphere Datacenter
  • MPIO requirements and configuration
  • Configuration settings that must be performed on ESX servers to use PS Series volumes as Datastores

Module 3: Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Discuss requirements, capabilities and how to install a VSM
  • Configuring vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA)

Module 4: Working with Groups and Data Stores Using Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Groups Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Datastore Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Demonstrate the creation, resizing and removal of data stores using VSM
  • Adding PS groups to VSM for management

Module 5: Guest Attached Volumes

  • Providing Storage to Virtual Machines
  • Methods for attaching volumes to Guest Operating Systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using the iSCSI initiator inside a guest OS
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using VMFS based virtual disks for data volumes
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using RDMs initiator inside a guest OS

Module 6: Working with Smart Copies in VSM

  • Describe VSM Smart Copies
  • Protection of VMs by making Smart Copies
  • Methods of recovery for virtual machines from Smart Copies

Module 7: Working with Smart Copy Replication in VSM

  • Configuring replication partners
  • Replicating datastores
  • Recovery methods with VSM

Module 8: Working with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Tool in VSM

  • Describe VSM VDI integration
  • Demonstrate the VDI deployment process

Module 9: Troubleshooting

  • Describe some of the issues that can occur with Host Integration Tools for VMware
  • Describe some troubleshooting tools
  • Demonstrate how to collect diagnostics from the Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

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Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

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