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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8]

Training duration
5 days

Locations & Terms
Virtual classroom, ENG
Training goals

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 8, which includes VMware ESXi™ 8 and VMware vCenter® 8. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

This course is the foundation for most VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8] - On Demand.

Product Alignment
• VMware ESXi 8.0
• VMware vCenter 8.0


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
• Install and configure ESXi hosts
• Deploy and configure vCenter
• Use the vSphere Client to create the vCenter inventory and assign roles to vCenter users
• Create virtual networks using vSphere standard switches and distributed switches
• Create and configure datastores using storage technologies supported by vSphere
• Use the vSphere® Client™ to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
• Create content libraries for managing templates and deploying virtual machines
• Manage virtual machine resource allocation
• Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
• Create and configure a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
• Manage the life cycle of vSphere to keep vCenter, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines up to date

1. Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives

2. vSphere and Virtualization Overview
• Explain basic virtualization concepts
• Describe how vSphere fits in the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
• Recognize the user interfaces for accessing vSphere
• Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, storage, and GPUs

3. Installing and Configuring ESXi
• Install an ESXi host
• Recognize ESXi user account best practices • Configure the ESXi host settings using the DCUI and VMware Host Client

4. Deploying and Configuring vCenter
• Recognize ESXi hosts communication with vCenter
• Deploy vCenter Server Appliance
• Configure vCenter settings
• Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys
• Create and organize vCenter inventory objects
• Recognize the rules for applying vCenter permissions
• View vCenter logs and events

5. Configuring vSphere Networking
• Configure and view standard switch configurations
• Configure and view distributed switch configurations
• Recognize the difference between standard switches and distributed switches
• Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches

6. Configuring vSphere Storage
• Recognize vSphere storage technologies
• Identify types of vSphere datastores
• Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing
• Describe iSCSI components and addressing
• Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi
• Create and manage VMFS datastores
• Configure and manage NFS datastores

7. Deploying Virtual Machines
• Create and provision VMs
• Explain the importance of VMware Tools
• Identify the files that make up a VM
• Recognize the components of a VM
• Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options
• Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources
• Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them
• Clone VMs
• Create customization specifications for guest operating systems
• Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries
• Deploy VMs from content libraries
• Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries

8. Managing Virtual Machines
• Recognize the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances
• Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion
• Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations
• Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion
• Take a snapshot of a VM
• Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots
• Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualized environment
• Describe how VMs compete for resources
• Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits

9. Deploying and Configuring vSphere Clusters
• Create a vSphere cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA
• View information about a vSphere cluster
• Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster
• Recognize use cases for vSphere DRS settings
• Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster
• Describe how vSphere HA responds to various types of failures
• Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster
• Recognize vSphere HA design considerations
• Recognize the use cases for various vSphere HA settings
• Configure a vSphere HA cluster
• Recognize when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance

10. Managing the vSphere Lifecycle
• Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster
• Describe features of the vCenter Update Planner
• Run vCenter upgrade prechecks and interoperability reports
• Recognize features of VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™
• Distinguish between managing hosts using baselines and managing hosts using images
• Describe how to update hosts using baselines
• Describe ESXi images
• Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and update ESXi hosts
• Update ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
• Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations
• Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware
Who should attend?
• System administrators
• System engineers
System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
• VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2022
• VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2023
Authorized Vmware Trainer

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