Server Virtualization VMware vSphere on NetApp

VMware vSphere on NetApp


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  • Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
  • Language: English

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Managing a vSphere storage virtualization environment requires knowledge of the features that exist between VMware and NetApp to handle large data workloads. The VMware vSphere on NetApp training provides in-depth use of best practices to improve storage resource utilization, simplify operating system maintenance irrespective of the storage topology, data center operations simplification, and optimal use of your NetApp storage. The course covers the management of any cloud infrastructure using Data ONTAP 7-mode, Clustered Data ONTAP mode, and the VMware vSphere 5.1 virtualization and management suite.

This hands-on 5-day class with hands on labs immerses you into the virtual machine management and storage operations spanning NetApp Data ONTAP, VMware ESXi 5.1 with vCenter management. You will get a hands-on experience using the vCenter NetApp plug-in, the Virtual Storage Console (VSC), configuring and monitoring the VMware host settings, performing backups, restoration, and virtual machine cloning operations.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Deploy a virtualized infrastructure using NetApp storage based on the feature integration that exists with VMware vSphere and NetApp ONTAP
  • Show a firm and practical knowledge of VMware services, protocols and connectivity options
  • Utilize NetApp vCenter plug-ins to ensure proper functionality and performance for virtual machines
  • Utilize NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) to automate the backup, provisioning, machine cloning and host optimization configuration
  • Perform host monitoring on ESXi hosts and NetApp storage through a single-pane-of-glass. Optimize virtual machine performance and correct virtual disk misalignment.
  • Optimize NetApp Storage system connectivity, performance and reliability using Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), FCoE, iSCSI, and NFS protocols.
  • Implement multi-tenancy through the use of vFilers or Vservers

After completing the lab exercises, you will be able to:

  • Configure storage from the vSphere CLI or GUI in either NetApp clustered ONTAP or 7-mode
  • Install and configure NetApp vSphere plug-ins and utilize the features
  • Perform data storage networking for both iSCSI and NFS datastores
  • Manage virtual machine snapshots at both the virtualization and storage layers
  • Implement high availability and disaster recovery features

Topics Covered

Module 1 Introduction

Module 2 Review of NetApp Storage

  • The Need for Networked Storage
  • NetApp Unified Storage
  • Clustered ONTAP
  • Storage Efficiency

Module 3 VMware Overview

  • ESXi 5.1
  • vCenter 5.1
  • What is new in vSphere 5.1?

Module 4 NetApp VMware Integration

  • A little History to put things in perspective
  • vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)
  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
  • Virtual Storage Console
  • RBAC (Role-Based Access Control) User Creator

Module 5 VMware Data Store Networking

  • Does it matter?
  • Conclusion: Pick the best solution for you
  • Ethernet Quick Info Making Ethernet reliable:
  • Link Aggregation, LACP, Multi-Pathing
  • VMFS Datastores
  • Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet or iSCSI
  • iSCSI Quick Info
  • Fibre Channel, FCoE

Module 6 Ethernet Datastores

  • Ethernet Best Practices
  • Common Best Practices
  • iSCSI Best Practices
  • NFS Best Practices

Module 7 Virtual Machine (VM) Data

  • VMFS Alignment
  • How can we determine if I/O is correctly aligned?
  • Zero Downtime Alignment with VSC 4.x
  • Using VMware Converter
  • User/Application Data
  • RDMs vs. VMFS “disks”
  • Storage Efficienc
  • Dedupe and Compression

Module 8 Multi-tenancy

  • Principles of Multi-tenancy
  • SVM (clustered ONTAP)
  • MultiStore vs. SVM (clustered ONTAP)
  • Security
  • VLAN and VMware vSwitch
  • vShield
  • IPSpaces (NetApp 7-Mode)
  • Performance
  • vSphere: SIOC
  • NetApp FlexShare (7-Mode)
  • NetApp Storage QoS (clustered ONTAP)
  • Management Separation
  • vCenter Management
  • Storage RBAC

Module 9 High Availability (HA)

  • Planned Events
  • vMotion
  • Storage vMotion
  • Data Motion
  • Non-Disruptive volume and LIF migration
  • Unplanned Events
  • VMware High Availability (HA)
  • VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • NetApp High Availability (HA)
  • Site Failover and Recovery
  • Synchronous SnapMirror

Module 10 Disaster Recovery (DR) and Backup

  • VMware Snapshots
  • NetApp Snapshots
  • SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure (SMVI)
  • Site Recovery Manager
  • SnapCreator Framework
  • SnapCreator Workflow

Module 11 Monitoring and Performance

  • Networking Performance
  • ESXi Performance
  • VM and Guest OS Considerations
  • VMware on NetApp Troubleshooting

Lab Exercise
Module 1 Review NetApp Storage

  • Check and Set Up Your 7-Mode Storage Environment
  • Check and Set Up Your clustered Storage Environment

Module 2 VMware Overview

  • VMware, vCenter Networking

Module 3 NetApp VMware Integration

  • Set Up NetApp VMware Integration

Module 5 VMware Data Store Networking

  • iSCSI Configuration
  • NFS Storage

Module 6 Virtual Machine (VM) Data

  • Alignment

Module 7 Multi-tenancy

  • Snapshots

Module 8 High Availability (HA)

  • SnapMirror
  • High Availability

Module 9 Disaster Recovery (DR) and Backup

  • Backup with VSC

Module 10 Monitoring and Performance

  • Explore and Manage Alerts, Monitoring



  • System administration experience managing either the Linux or Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Completion of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (Version 6.0) (VICM) or equivalent experience.
  • Completion of the Data ONTAP 7-Mode Administration (D7ADM) or equivalent experience.

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