VMware vSphere v6: Optimize and Scale

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This advanced, intensive 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 v6 and VMware vCenter Server v6. This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional v6 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
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
Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V6] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course
Course Introduction:
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
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
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
Network Scalability:
• Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
• Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
• Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O
• Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
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
Storage Scalability:
• Explain 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
Storage Optimization:
• Diagnose storage access problems
• Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
• Configure vSphere Flash Read Cache
• Monitor key storage performance metrics
• Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
• Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
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 problem
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
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 s
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