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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5]

 

In this course, you will learn how to configure and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will learn when and where these features have the greatest effect.

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Use VMware vSphere Client, VMware vSphere Web Client, and VMware vSphere ESXi Shell to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts
  • Use VMware vRealize Log Insight to monitor system logs
  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance to be highly available and optimized for performance
  • Experienced system administrators
  • System engineers
  • System integrators
  • Experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Experience with working at the command prompt is recommended but not required

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Additional resources for after this course
  • Other VMware Education offerings

2. Network Scalability

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

3. Storage Scalability

  • vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
  • Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

4. Host and Management Scalability

  • Uses of VMware vCenter Converter
  • Use content libraries
  • Use host profiles
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

5. CPU Optimization

  • CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics

6. Memory Optimization

  • Ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

7. Storage Optimization

  • Factors that affect storage performance
  • Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

8. Network Optimization

  • Performance features of network adapters
  • Performance features of vSphere networking
  • Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

9. Analyzing vSphere

  • How Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability
  • Use vRealize Log Insight to identify and troubleshoot issues

10. vCenter Server Availability and Performance

  • Native high-availability features of vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller
  • Configure vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller high availability
  • Understand what factors influence vCenter Server performance

11. vSphere Security

  • Configure ESXi host access and authorization
  • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
  • Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management
  • Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere vMotion