vSphere Course content

vSphere Install and Configure – Course content
1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives
•  Describe the content of the course
•  Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
•  Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
•  Identify additional resources

2  Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
•  Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
•  Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
•  Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host
•  Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions
•  Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3
•  Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning
•  Install and configure ESXi host settings
•  Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot

3  Creating Virtual Machines
•  Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine
•  Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
•  Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

4  vCenter Server
•  Describe the vCenter Server architecture
•  Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
•  Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance
•  Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
•  Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
•  Create custom inventory tags 
•  Describe the rules for applying permissions
•  Create a custom role in vCenter Server 

5  Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
•  Describe, create, and manage standard switches
•  Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
•  Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
•  Describe the virtual switch connection types
•  Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
•  Use VLANs with standard switches

6  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 VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores 
•  Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
•  Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™

7  Virtual Machine Management
•  Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
•  Modify and manage virtual machines
•  Create an instant clone of a virtual machine
•  Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
•  Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
•  Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
•  Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
•  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

8  Resource Management and Monitoring
•  Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
•  Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
•  Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage
•  Configure and manage resource pools
•  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
•  Use various tools to monitor resource usage
•  Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

9  vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data
•  Explain the vSphere HA architecture
•  Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
•  Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
•  Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
•  Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance
•  Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
•  Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
•  Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication 

10  vSphere DRS
•  Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
•  Create a vSphere DRS cluster
•  View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
•  Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules
•  Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

11  vSphere Update Manager

•  Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager 
•  Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
•  Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration
•  Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

12  vSphere Troubleshooting
 
•  Apply a troubleshooting methodology to logically diagnose faults and improve troubleshooting efficiency
•  Review troubleshooting tools
•  Find important log files
•  Use vSphere Syslog Collector
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