VMware Data Center Virtualization: Core Technical Skills (EDU-DCVCTS)

PSO Credits accepted : 34 Credits per Class

This three-day, hands-on training course is an introduction to VMware vSphere®. In this course, you acquire the skills needed to perform Day 2 operational tasks that are typically assigned to the roles of operator or junior administrator in a vSphere environment.

 

Intended Audience

Technical professionals with basic system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter Server®


Objectives

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

  • Describe virtualization and virtual machines
  • Describe vSphere components and the software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Monitor network and datastore configurations in VMware vSphere® Client™
  • Deploy, configure, and clone virtual machines
  • Migrate, monitor, and manage virtual machines
  • Monitor tasks and events in VMware vSphere® Client™
  • Recognize how vSphere DRS and VMware vSphere® High Availability improve performance and availability of a vSphere cluster


Certification

Attending this course is recommended to achieve the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Technical Associate - Data Center Virtualization (VCTA-DCV)

 

Prerequisites

This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Working knowledge of operating systems
  • Understanding of basic network, storage, and computer hardware concepts

 

Product Alignment

  • VMware ESXi 7.0
  • VMware vCenter Server 7.0
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Course Outline

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives


2 Virtualization and vSphere Concepts

  • Describe how virtual machines (VMs) work
  • Recognize the purpose of a hypervisor
  • Describe how VMs share resources in a virtualized environment
  • Recognize the components of an SDDC
  • Describe the relationship between vSphere, the SDDC, and cloud computing
  • Recognize the functions of the components in a vSphere environment
  • Access and view vSphere graphical user interfaces
  • Identify VMware solutions that integrate with vSphere in the SDDC


3 Navigating the vSphere Client

  • View and organize the inventory objects managed by vCenter Server
  • Add and assign vSphere licenses
  • Change the log level of vCenter Server
  • Edit the startup policy of ESXi services
  • Describe how vCenter Server roles and permissions work
  • Add permissions to virtual machines


4 Lifecycle of Virtual Machines

  • Add and remove VM virtual hardware components
  • Identify the purpose of different VM files
  • Configure VM settings
  • Create and delete virtual machines
  • Recognize the benefits of installing VMware Tools™
  • Install VMware Tools into a guest operating system
  • Upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware compatibility


5 vSphere Networking

  • Describe virtual networking
  • Recognize ways that virtual switches connect VMs and ESXi hosts to the network
  • View components and properties of a vSphere standard switch configuration
  • View a vSphere distributed switch configuration in vSphere Client
  • Recognize when and how to use the settings for the security networking policy
  • Recognize when and how to use the settings for the traffic shaping networking policy
  • Describe how the NIC teaming and failover policy helps maintain network connectivity
  • Perform basic checks to diagnose VM connectivity issues


6 vSphere Storage

  • Describe the function of a datastore
  • Recognize types of vSphere datastores
  • View datastore information in vSphere Client
  • Monitor datastore usage in vSphere Client


7 Virtual Machine Management

  • Recognize the benefits of using VM templates
  • Create and update a VM template
  • Deploy a VM from an existing template
  • Clone a virtual machine
  • Recognize how to use guest OS customization specifications
  • Deploy VMs from a content library
  • Deploy a virtual appliance from an OVF template
  • Perform a hot and cold migrations of VMs
  • Identify requirements for using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Perform a vSphere Storage vMotion migration
  • Identify use cases for VM snapshots
  • Create and manage snapshots of a virtual machine


8 Resource Monitoring

  • Recognize the purpose of each type of VM resource control
  • Configure the resource allocation settings of a VM
  • Observe the behavior of virtual machines with different share values
  • Manage and acknowledge vSphere alarms
  • Use performance charts to monitor VM CPU and memory usage
  • Monitor tasks and events in vSphere Client


9 vSphere Clusters

  • View information about the services that a vSphere cluster offers
  • Recognize how vSphere HA responds to different types of failures
  • Monitor vSphere HA during a host failure
  • Describe how vSphere DRS works
  • Interpret DRS scores given to VMs
  • Recognize how to apply the appropriate vSphere DRS automation and migration threshold levels
  • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance works
  • Recognize how Enhanced vMotion Compatibility works