About This Course
This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.
This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.
- Completion of one of the following courses:
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
- VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5]
- VMware vSphere: Fast Track
- Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
- Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.
By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- 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.
- Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
- Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere.
- Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.
Who Should Attend
Experienced system administrators
Lesson 1: Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Lesson 2: VMware Management Resources
Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files
Lesson 3: Performance in a Virtualized Environment
Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
Use vSphere performance monitoring tools
Lesson 4: Network Scalability
Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
Explain distributed switch features such as PVLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, and NetFlow
Lesson 5: Network Optimization
Explain the performance features of network adapters
Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
Monitor key network performance metrics
Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
Troubleshoot common network performance problems
Lesson 6: Storage Scalability
Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
Configure profile-driven storage
Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
Lesson 7: Storage Optimization
Diagnose storage access problems
Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
Explain vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
Monitor key storage performance metrics
Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
Lesson 8: CPU Optimization
Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
Monitor key CPU performance metrics
Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
Lesson 9: Memory Optimization
Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
Monitor key memory performance metrics
Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
Lesson 10: Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems
Lesson 11:Host and Management Scalability
Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts