VMware Cloud Director: Install Configure Manage [V10.3] (EDU-VCDICM103)

In this five-day course, you focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware Cloud Director® 10.3. You learn about workload provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers (VDCs), catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX-T™ Data Center networks.

 

This course also covers interfacing VMware Cloud Director with other systems and the integration and use of VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ for VMware Cloud Director. You learn about different networks that a system administrator and an organization administrator can configure and use with virtual machines (VMs). This course also discusses how to monitor various VMware Cloud Director objects using VMware vRealize® Operations™.

 

Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Deploy VMware Cloud Director
  • Manage VMware Cloud Director to meet the service provider needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director organizations and vApps to fulfill business needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director catalogs
  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of VMware Cloud Director
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of VMware NSX-T™ Data Center
  • Managing resources from the VMWare Cloud Director console and using VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • Enabling VM and Named Disk Encryption 
  • Creating VM sizing and placement policies
  • Understand vApps and VM operations and actions

 

Intended Audience

Cloud architects, systems engineers, datacenter administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in managed services or managing a service provider environment.

 

Prerequisites

Completion of the following courses and equivalent knowledge is required:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.x] or equivalent knowledge

The following experience is helpful:

  • Working at the Linux command line
  • Substantial knowledge of general networking concepts

 

Product Alignment

  • VMware vSphere 7.0 U2
  • VMware Cloud Director 10.3
  • VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1.1
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 8.3
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Course Outline

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

 

2 Software-Defined Data Center and VMware Validated Design

  • Define software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Discuss VMware offerings for cloud-based services
  • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director
  • Discuss VMware Validated Design™
  • Recognize the design considerations when creating a cloud environment on the SDDC using VMWare Cloud Foundation™

 

3 VMware Cloud Director Deployment and Configuration

  • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director
  • Explain the two-stage deployment of VMware Cloud Director cells
  • Discuss failover mechanisms (automatic and manual) with VMware Cloud Director cells
  • Define switchover, promote, and fencing options of the VMware Cloud Director appliance
  • Understand the VMware Cloud Director appliance enhancements

 

4 VMware Cloud Director Provider Configuration

  • Describe how the compute resources are provided to VMware Cloud Director
  • Describe how storage is provided to VMware Cloud Director
  • Configure and manage storage for Virtual Datacenters (VDCs)
  • Briefly discuss network pools, external networks, and Tier-0 Gateways
  • Showcase VMware Cloud Director integration with vCenter Server® and NSX-T Data Center
  • Describe VMware Cloud Director organizations
  • Understand organization policies
  • Explain how to access an organization using various portals
  • Understand organization VDC
  • Discuss what is Linked Clone and Fast Provisioning
  • Understand the use cases of Allocation Models

 

5 VMware Cloud Director User, Roles and Quota Management

  • Discuss user-bundle
  • Describe role-based access
  • Explain custom roles and rights
  • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
  • Discuss OIDC authentication methods
  • Describe SAML identity provider

 

6 VMware Cloud Director Virtual Machines and vApps

  • Understand standalone VMs
  • Discuss the VM managing operations
  • Explain VM properties
  • Discuss deployment methods of vApps
  • Discuss the vApp managing operations
  • Discuss the vApp lease policies
  • Understand the vApps and VM actions
  • Explain vApp and VM badges

 

7 VMware Cloud Director Content Libraries

  • Explain the purpose of catalogs and how to create a catalog organization
  • Define catalog management and sharing catalogs inside and between organizations
  • Explain medias in VMware Cloud Director and its usage
  • Discuss vApp templates
  • Understand vApp template operations
  • Describe the purpose and usage of Open Virtualization Format (OVF)
  • Discuss organization VDC templates

 

8 VMware Cloud Director Networking

  • Discuss organization VDC networks
  • List the types of organization VDC networks
  • Describe the edge gateway services
  • Explore the services offered by the edge gateway
  • Discuss sub-allocation IP pool and its use cases
  • Discuss DHCP, NAT, load balancer, and firewall services on the edge gateway
  • Discuss SNAT, DNAT, NO SNAT, and NO DNAT use cases
  • Explain routing and distributed firewall services
  • Discuss vApp networks
  • List the various types of vApp networks
  • Discuss routed, isolated, and direct vApp networks

 

9 VMware Cloud Director Storage and Compute

  • Describe named disks and shared named disks
  • Demonstrate how to attach and detach a named disk and a shared named disk
  • Describe methods of sharing the named disk
  • Discuss the implications of deleting VMs that have an attached named disk
  • Discuss how VMware Cloud Director VMs and disks are encrypted
  • Explain the storage policy capabilities
  • Demonstrate how VM sizing and placement policies are published
  • Discuss vCenter server and VMware Cloud Director IOPS storage policies usage
  • Discuss how to enable and use the storage IOPS limitation in VMware Cloud Director
  • Describe the storage policy supported entities

 

10 Extensibility and UI Additional Features

  • Briefly discuss enhanced CPOM through the tenant portal
  • Briefly discuss VMware Cloud Availability plugin for VMware Cloud Director portal
  • Integrate vRealize Orchestrator with VMware Cloud Director
  • Execute VMware Cloud Director workflows using vRealize Orchestrator
  • Briefly discuss Container Service Extension
  • Briefly explain the main usage and purpose of the NSX migration of VMware Cloud Director tool
  • Explain custom advisories, global search, guided tours, data exporter, keyboard shortcuts, and quick search
  • Understand vcd-cli supported commands
  • Discuss various vcd-cli tools

 

11 VMware Cloud Director Resource Monitoring

  • Identify log locations for VMware Cloud Director
  • Manage vSphere and cloud resources from VMware Cloud Director
  • Understand monitoring of objects from VMware Cloud Director portals
  • Briefly introduce vRealize Operations Manager
  • Integrate VMware Cloud Director with vRealize Operations Manager
  • Configure VMware Cloud Director Management Pack
  • Understand dashboard, metrics, alerts, alert definition, and reports