This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.
This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.
By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)
Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
Describe the benefits and capabilities of VMware Skyline
Install and configure ESXi hosts
Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance
Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere
Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage
Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
Manage virtual machine resource use
Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines
Who Can Benefit
This course has the following prerequisites:
System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
VMware ESXi 7.0
VMware vCenter Server 7.0
Attending this course meets the training requirement to achieve the following certification:
VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)
Introductions and course logistics
Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
Explain basic virtualization concepts
Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
Describe the ESXi host architecture
Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host
Recognize ESXi host user account best practices
Install an ESXi host
Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings
Describe how to proactively manage your vSphere environment using VMware Skyline
Create and provision a virtual machine
Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
Install VMware Tools
Identify the files that make up a VM
Recognize the components of a VM
Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM
Describe the benefits and use cases for containers
Identify the parts of a container system
Describe the vCenter Server architecture
Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory
Back up vCenter Server Appliance
Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health
Use VMware vCenter Server® High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance
Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Create and manage standard switches
Describe the virtual switch connection types
Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping, and load-balancing policies
Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Identify storage protocols and storage device types
Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration
Virtual Machine Management
Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
Modify and manage virtual machines
Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Describe the Enhanced vMotion Compatibility feature
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™
Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Data Protection
Resource Management and Monitoring
Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Use various tools to monitor resource use
Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
Create a vSphere DRS cluster
Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration
Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available
Explain the vSphere HA architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
Describe the function of the vSphere® Cluster Service
vSphere Lifecycle Management
Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner
Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines
Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image
Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware
Describe VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ and VMware vSAN™ integration
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?
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
What does GTR stand for?
GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.
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As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.
Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?
It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.
How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?
We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.
Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?
ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.
Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?
Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.
Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?
We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth. We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.
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Will I get access to content after I complete a course?
You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.
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