Course Outline
VMware vSphere 5 Training – Course Outline – Getting Started with VMware vSphere 5 Training Course

  • Introduction to vmware products
  • What is esx and esxi servers
  • Why virtualization
  • What is vmwareVsphere

Lab Setup

  • Why do we need a Lab?
  • Ways to Build a Virtualization Lab
  • Limitations to a Virtual Lab
  • Importance of Shared Storage
  • Running vSphere in vmwareWorkstation
  • vSphere 5 Lab Setups

Course Scenario

  • More about the course that we are going to learn

Overview of VMware vSphere 5

  • vSphere 5 Overview
  • vSphere 5 Components
  • Packaging and Versions
  • Cloud Computing

Installing VMware ESXi 5

  • ESXi Installation Requirements
  • What Happened to ESX Server?
  • Downloading VMware ESXi 5
  • Installing VMware ESXi 5
  • ESXi Initial Configuration
  • Installing the vSphere Client

Installing vCenter 5

  • What is vCenter Server?
  • vCenter Server Blueprint
  • vCenter Server Physical or Virtual?
  • vCenter Server Pre-installation
  • vCenter Server Features
  • HW and SW Requirements
  • Database Requirements
  • Port Requirements
  • How to EvaluatevCenter 5?
  • Installing vCenter 5

Installing vCenter 5 as a Linux Appliance (vCSA)

  • What is the vCenter Server Appliance?
  • Pros and Cons to Using vCenter as an Appliance
  • Deploying the vCenter Server 5 Appliance (vCSA)

Using the vSphere 5 Web Client

  • vSphere 5 Web Client Overview
  • Installing the Server for the Web Client
  • Authorizing the Web Client Server
  • Using the vSphere 5 Web Client

What’s New in vSphere 5

  • vSphere 5 Platform Enhancements
  • vSphere Storage
  • vSphere Networking
  • vCenter 5.0
  • VM Enhancement Capabilities
  • Auto Deploy and Image Builder
  • Storage DRS
  • Profile Driven Storage
  • VMFS-5
  • VMware View Accelerator
  • The New High Availability – HA
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5
  • vCloud Director 1.5
  • vShield 5.0

Navigating vSphere using the vSphere Client

  • vSphere Terminology (Lingo)
  • Using the vSphere Client
  • Performing VM Guest Remote Control
  • Navigating the vSphere Client with Hotkeys
  • Searching the Virtual Infrastructure
  • Sorting and Filtering in the vSphere Client
  • Exporting Data
  • Running Reports

vCenter 5 – Configuring Your New Virtual Infrastructure

  • Planning the Virtual Infrastructure
  • Naming Convention
  • vSphere Network Virtualization Diagram
  • Adding Datacenters and Hosts
  • Configuring the ESXi Server Clock and NTP
  • Configuring vSphere Licensing
  • Reviewing System Logs, vCenter Sessions, and Service Status
  • Removing “Getting Started” Tabs
  • Monitoring ESXi Host Health Hardware Status
  • vCenter Server Settings and Plugins
  • Adding Folders

Creating and Modifying Virtual Guest Machines

  • Three Ways to Create Virtual Machines
  • Downloading VMs from Virtual Appliance Marketplace
  • VMware Guest OS Install Guide
  • Changing BIOS Settings in a Guest VM
  • Creating ISO Images of CD/DVD Install Media
  • Creating a Library of ISO Installation Media
  • Using the vSphereDatastore Browser
  • Using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) with vSphere
  • Accessing ESXi Using SSH
  • Creating a New Virtual Machine with a Fresh OS Install
  • vSphere 5 EFI Firmware Option
  • Three Ways to Create Virtual Machines
  • Downloading VMs from Virtual Appliance Marketplace
  • VMware Guest OS Install Guide
  • Changing BIOS Settings in a Guest VM
  • Creating ISO Images of CD/DVD Install Media
  • Creating a Library of ISO Installation Media
  • Using the vSphereDatastore Browser
  • Using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) with vSphere
  • Accessing ESXi Using SSH
  • Creating a New Virtual Machine with a Fresh OS Install
  • vSphere 5 EFI Firmware Option

Installing and Configuring VMware Tools
Why You Need VMware Tools

  • Installing VMware Tools in Windows
  • Installing VMware Tools in Linux
  • Searching and Sorting to Check VMware Status
  • Updating VMware Tools
  • Performing VMware Tools Installation
  • Configuring VMware Tools with VMware Toolbox

Understanding and Using Tasks, Events, and Alarms

  • Understanding Tasks and Events
  • Configuring SNMP and SMTP Email in vCenter
  • Alerting You with vCenter Alarms
  • Viewing, Filtering, and Exporting Tasks and Events
  • Adding and Managing Alarms
  • Disabling Alarm Actions
  • Performing Configuration of SNMP and SMTP
  • vCenter Service Status

Virtual Storage 101 and Storage Terminology

  • Storage 101 – Virtual Disks and VMFS
  • Data Transfer
  • Comparing Storage Technologies
  • Storage Area Network (SAN) 101
  • Fiber Channel SAN Components
  • Fiber Channel HBAs
  • Fiber Channel Connectivity
  • Zoning
  • Managing FC Storage
  • Addressing FC SAN LUNs
  • Understanding iSCSI Storage
  • Why You Need a SAN
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring NFS Storage
  • Properties of Fiber Channel Datastore
  • Storage Terms You Must Know
  • What is in a Datastore?
  • ESXi Server Storage Options
  • VMFS Specs and Maximums

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

  • vSphere Storage Appliance Overview
  • What Makes VSA Unique
  • VSA Cluster Design Options
  • VSA SAN Maintenance Mode
  • VSA Installation Gotchas

Creating a Free iSCSI SAN with OpenFiler

  • Why Use OpenFiler?
  • Downloading OpenFiler
  • Installing OpenFiler
  • Configuring OpenFiler as an iSCSI SAN
  • Connecting vSphere to the OpenFileriSCSI SAN

Administering VMware ESXi Server Security

  • Basics of vSphere Security
  • Default vSphere Security Roles
  • Adding, Modifying, and Removing ESXi Users and Groups
  • Using Windows AD Users and Groups to Secure vSphere
  • Defining and Applying Roles and Permissions
  • vShield Overview
  • Securing Guest Virtual Machines

vSphere Virtual Networking

  • Virtual Networking
  • Network Adapters
  • Virtual Standard Switches (vSS)
  • vSS Functionality
  • Similarities Between pSwitch and vSS
  • Differences Between pSwitch and vSwitch
  • Types of vSwitches
  • Virtual Switch Ports
  • What is a VLAN?
  • MAC Address Changes
  • Forged Transmits
  • NIC Teaming

Using the vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (dvswitch)

  • vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Private VLANS – pVLANs
  • pVLANs Secondary Mode Nodes
  • Networking Policies
  • Configuration Tasks
  • Creating a New dvswitch
  • Creating a dvPort Group
  • Migrating Legacy vSwitches and VM Networks to dvswitch
  • Migrating VMKernel Virtual Adapters to dvswitch
  • Configuring Private VLANs

Moving Virtual Machines with vMotion

  • Why You Need vMotion
  • vMotion Requirements
  • vMotioning Virtual Machines
  • vMotion Configuration
  • Performing vMotion
  • Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

Moving Virtual Storage with svMotion

  • What is svMotion?
  • svMotion Requirements
  • svMotion and Thin Provisioning
  • Using svMotion
  • Migrating VMs with Snapshots – New in vSphere 5

Performance Optimization with Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)

  • Introduction to Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
  • DRS Requirements
  • Creating a DRS Enabled Cluster
  • DRS/HA Cluster Settings
  • Understanding Resource Pools
  • Creating Resource Pools in Your DRS Cluster

Implementing High Availability with VMware HA (VMHA)

Why Do You Need High Availability (HA)?
VMHA Saving the Day
VMHA Master / Slave
Requirements for VMHA
Best Practices for VMHA
Configuring VMHA
Super High Availability with VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)
Introduction to VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)

  • Requirements of FT
  • Constraints of FT
  • Testing to See If You Can Use FT with VMware Site Survey
  • Enabling VMware FT
  • Testing Failover with a Virtual Machine Using FT

Upgrading from VMware vSphere 4 to vSphere 5

  • Upgrade Prerequisites
  • Upgrade Steps
  • Upgrade to vCenter 5
  • Update Manager Upgrade
  • ESX/ESXi Upgrade
  • VM Upgrade
  • Upgrading vCenter Server and Client
  • Upgrading Update Manager
  • Upgrading ESXi

vSphere Command Line Interface (CLI) Options

  • Administering vSphere Using the CLI
  • Four vSphere CLI Options
  • Using ESXi Tech Support Mode
  • Using esxcfg and esxcli Commands
  • Getting Started with PowerCLI
  • Project Onyx
  • vCLI Basics
  • Installing and Using vMA

vSphere Auto Deploy

  • What is Auto Deploy?
  • Auto Deploy Components
  • Auto Deploy First Boot Process
  • Infrastructure Requirements
  • Installation and Configuration Tasks
  • Lab Environment Setup
  • Installing Auto Deploy and TFTP Server
  • Adding ESXi Host to vCenter
  • Moving Host Profile from Staging to Production Area
  • Installing Dump and Syslog Collectors
  • Setting Dump Collector
  • Setting Up Syslog Server
  • Test and Repair Rules Compliance
  • Auto Deploy PowerCLI Commands

Storage DRS

  • Storage DRS Explained
  • Datastore Clusters Explained
  • SDRS Initial Placement
  • SDRS Load Balancing
  • Datastore Maintenance with SDRS
  • SDRS Affinity Rules
  • Configuring and Using Storage DRS

Policy-driven Storage

  • Policy-driven Storage Explained
  • Storage Vendor Profiles and VASA
  • Configuration of Policy-driven Storage

Understanding the New vSphere 5 vRAM Pooled Pricing

  • Why is vSphere 5 vRAM Pooled Pricing So Important?
  • 3 Major Changes with vSphere 5 Licensing
  • vRAM Pooled Pricing in Action
  • vSphere 5 vRAM Entitlements
  • Requirements to Access vRAM Pooled Pricing Reports
  • vSphere 5 License Validator Script
  • Using vSphere License Advisor
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your vRAM Pool Utilization

Network I/O Control (NIOC)

  • What is Network I/O Control?
  • New in vSphere 5 NIOC
  • Configuring Network I/O Control

Storage I/O Control (SIOC)

  • Why You Need Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
  • How SIOC Works
  • SIOC Requirements
  • Enabling SIOC in vSphere
  • Monitoring SIOC Performance

ESXi Firewall

  • ESXi Firewall Defined
  • Configuration Files
  • Rule Set Add
  • Service Behavior
  • ESXI Shell Firewall Configuration

VMware Data Recovery (VDR) 2

  • Introduction to VMware Data Recovery (VDR) 2
  • New VDR Features in vSphere 5
  • Limitations of VDR
  • Installing VDR
  • VDR Initial Configuration
  • Installing VDR Client Plug-in
  • Backing Up with Data Recovery
  • Restoring with Data Recovery