VCP5: VMware vSphere: VCP5-DCV Prep Kit

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About This Course


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

  • Understanding of virtual data center concepts comparable to those needed for VCA-DCV certification

Course Objectives

  • Deploy an ESXi host

  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance

  • Deploy a vCenter Server Appliance™

  • Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server

  • Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server

  • Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server

  • Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server

  • Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines

  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion®

  • Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Web Client

  • Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere Storage vMotion

  • Manage access control using vCenter Server

  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server

  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability, VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ using vCenter Server

  • Apply patches using VMware vCenter Update Manager™

Course Outline

Lesson 1. Virtualized Data Center

  • Introduce components of the virtualized data center

  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture

  • Introduce VMware vCenter Single Sign-on

  • Install and use vSphere Web Client

Lesson 2. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files

  • Deploy a single virtual machine

Lesson 3. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture

  • Introduce VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance

  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Lesson 4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch

  • Describe and modify standard switch properties

  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

Lesson 5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names

  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Create and manage vSphere datastores

  • Deploy and manage VMware Virtual SAN™

Lesson 6. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines

  • Modify and manage virtual machines

  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

  • Create a VMware vSphere vApp(s)™

Lesson 7. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions

  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall

  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode

  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

Lesson 8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts

  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

  • Configure and manage resource pools

  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

Lesson 9. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture

  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Describe VMware vSphere Replication

Lesson 10. Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster

  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

  • Use vSphere HA and DRS together

Lesson 11. Patch Management

  • Use vCenter Update Manager to manage ESXi patching

  • Install vCenter Update Manager and the vCenter Update Manager plug-in

  • Create patch baselines

  • Scan and remediate hosts

Lesson 12. Installing VMware Components

  • Introduce ESXi installation

  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements

  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options

  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements

  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

Lab Outline

Lab 1: Installing VMware vSphere GUIs

  • Access Your Student Desktop System

  • Install the vSphere Client

Lab 2: Configuring VMware ESXi

  • Connect to an ESXi Host with the vSphere Web Client

  • View the Host Hardware Configuration

  • Configure the DNS and Routing Information for an ESXi Host

  • Configure an ESXi Host as an NTP Client

  • Configure an ESXi Host to Use Directory Services

Lab 3: Working with Virtual Machines

  • Create a Virtual Machine

  • Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine

  • Identify a Virtual Machine’s Disk Format and Usage Statistics

  • Install VMware Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows Operating System

  • Prepare the Virtual Machine for Upcoming Labs

Lab 4: Configuring VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance for First Use

  • Install vSphere License Keys

  • Create a vCenter Server Inventory Data Center Object

  • Add Your ESXi Host to the vCenter Server Inventory

Lab 5: Using the VMware vSphere Web Client

  • Install the Client Integration Plug-In

  • Navigate the vSphere Web Client

  • Pin and Unpin Panes

  • Hide the Getting Started Tabs

  • Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware

Lab 6: Configuring VMware vCenter Single Sign-On

  • Use the Web Console to Configure vCenter Server Appliance to Use Directory Services

  • Use the vSphere Web Client to Add the Domain Admins Group to Administrators

Lab 7: Creating Folders in VMware vCenter Server

  • Create a Host Folder Object

  • Create a Virtual Machine Folder

Lab 8: Standard Switches

  • View the Current Standard Switch Configuration

  • Create a Standard Switch with a Virtual Machine Port Group

  • Attach Your Virtual Machine to a Virtual Switch Port Group

Lab 9: Accessing iSCSI Storage

  • Add a VMkernel Port Group to a Standard Switch

  • Configure the iSCSI Software Adapter

Lab 10: Accessing NFS Storage

  • Configure Access to NFS Datastores

  • View NFS Storage Information

Lab 11: Managing VMware vSphere VMFS

  • Review the Shared Storage Configuration

  • Change the Name of a VMFS Datastore

  • Create a VMFS Datastore

  • Expand a VMFS Datastore to Consume Unused Space on a LUN

  • Remove a VMFS Datastore

  • Extend a VMFS Datastore

Lab 12: Using Templates and Clones

  • Copy Sysprep Files to the vCenter Server Instance

  • Create a Template

  • Create Customization Specifications

  • Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template

  • Clone a Virtual Machine that is Powered On

Lab 13: Modifying a Virtual Machine

  • Increase the Size of a VMDK File

  • Adjust Memory Allocation on a Virtual Machine

  • Rename a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory

  • Add a Raw LUN to a Virtual Machine

  • Expand a Thin-Provisioned Virtual Disk

Lab 14: Migrating Virtual Machines

  • Migrate Virtual Machine Files with vSphere Storage vMotion

  • Create a Virtual Switch and a VMkernel Port Group for vSphere vMotion Migration

  • Verify that Your ESXi Host Meets vSphere vMotion Requirements

  • Verify that Your Virtual Machines Meet vSphere vMotion Requirements

  • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration of a Virtual Machine on a Shared Datastore

  • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration to a Local Datastore

Lab 15: Managing Virtual Machines

  • Unregister a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory

  • Register a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory

  • Unregister and Delete Virtual Machines from Disk

  • Take Snapshots of a Virtual Machine

  • Revert to a Snapshot

  • Delete an Individual Snapshot

  • Use the Delete All Function in Snapshot Manager

Lab 16: Managing VMware vSphere vApps

  • Create a vApp

  • Power on a vApp

  • Remove a vApp

Lab 17: User Permissions

  • Create a Custom Role in vCenter Server

  • Assign Permissions on vCenter Server Inventory Objects

  • Verify Permission Usability

Lab 18: Resource Pools

  • Create CPU Contention

  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Test

  • Create a Resource Pool Named Fin-Prod

  • Verify Resource Pool Functionality

Lab 19: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

  • Create CPU Activity

  • Use vSphere Web Client to Monitor CPU Utilization

  • Undo Changes Made to the Virtual Machines

Lab 20: Using Alarms

  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm that Monitors for a Condition

  • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm that Monitors for an Event

  • Trigger Virtual Machine Alarms and Acknowledge the Alarms

  • Disable Virtual Machine Alarms

Lab 21: Using VMware vSphere High Availability

  • Create a Cluster Enabled for vSphere HA

  • Add Your ESXi Host to a Cluster

  • Test vSphere HA Functionality

  • Determine the vSphere HA Cluster Resource Usage

  • Manage vSphere HA Slot Size

  • Configure a vSphere HA Cluster with Strict Admission Control

Lab 22: Configuring VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Prepare the Virtual Machine

  • Enable the vSphere FT Logging

  • Activate the vSphere FT Protection

  • Test the vSphere FT Configuration

  • Disable the vSphere FT Protection

Lab 23: VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Create Load Imbalance

  • Create a DRS Cluster

  • Verify Proper DRS Cluster Functionality

  • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-VM Affinity Rule

  • Create, Test, and Disable an Anti-Affinity Rule

  • Create, Test, and Disable a Virtual Machines to Hosts Affinity Rule

Lab 24: VMware vSphere Update Manager

  • Install vSphere Update Manager

  • Install the Update Manager Client Plug-in

  • Modify Cluster Settings

  • Configure vSphere Update Manager

  • Create a Patch Baseline

  • Attach a Baseline and Scan for Updates

  • Stage the Patches onto the ESXi Hosts

  • Remediate the ESXi Hosts




Who Should Attend


  • System administrators

  • Systems engineers

  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server