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  • Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
  • Duration: 5 Day(s)
  • Language: English
  • Audience: IT Professionals

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Topics Covered

1. VMware Management Resources
  • Configuring VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)
  • Esxcli and Vicfg Commands
  • Configuring ESXi Tech Support Mode and Ssh Access
  • ESXi and vCenter Server Log Files
  • Configuring a Centralized ESXi Log Host

2. Performance in a Virtualized Environment
  • vSphere Performance Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Software and Hardware Virtualization Techniques and Impact on Performance

3. Network Scalability
  • Creating, Configuring, and Managing vSphere Distributed Switches
  • Using the Command-Line for Network Configuration
  • Distributed Switch Features
  • PVLANs
  • Network I/O Control
  • Port Mirroring
  • NetFlow

4. Network Optimization
  • Performance Features of Network Adapters
  • Performance Features of vSphere Networking
  • Monitoring Key Network Performance Metrics
  • Troubleshooting Common Network Performance Problems

5. Storage Scalability
  • Configuring Storage Multipathing
  • VAAI and VASA
  • Policy-Driven Storage
  • Adding a Storage Policy to a Virtual Machine Storage Profile
  • Storage DRS Operation
  • Configuring Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control

6. Storage Optimization
  • Diagnosing Storage Access Problems
  • Storage Protocols, VMFS Configuration, Load Balancing, and Queuing Affect Performance
  • Monitoring Key Storage Performance Metrics
  • Troubleshooting Common Storage Performance Problems

7. CPU Optimization
  • CPU Scheduler and Other Features Impacting CPU Performance
  • Monitoring Key CPU Performance Metrics
  • Troubleshooting Common CPU Performance Problems

8. Memory Optimization
  • Memory Reclamation Techniques and Over Commitment
  • Monitoring Key Memory Performance Metrics
  • Troubleshooting Common CPU Performance Problems

9. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
  • Performance Guidelines for DRS Clusters, Resource Pools, and Resource Allocation Settings
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Machine Power-On Failures
  • Troubleshooting vSphere Cluster Errors

10. Host and Management Scalability
  • Using Image Builder to Create an ESXi Installation Image
  • Using Host Profiles to Manage ESXi Configuration Compliance
  • Using vCenter Server Linked Mode to Manage Multiple vCenter Server Inventories
  • Configuring and Managing VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management
  • VMware vSphere PowerCLI and Custom Scripts
  • Using vSphere Auto Deploy to Provision ESXi Hosts

Labs

Lab 1: Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant
  • Access your student desktop system
  • Add valid licenses to vCenter Server
  • Power on a virtual machine
  • Enable the ESXi Shell and SSH services
  • Log in to vMA and connect to your vCenter Server and ESXi host
  • Use esxcli commands to retrieve information about an ESXi host
  • Use vicfg commands to configure NTP
  • Use vmware-cmd to manage virtual machines

Lab 2: VMware Monitoring Tools
  • Start database activity in your test virtual machine
  • Display custom vSphere Client performance charts
  • Log in to the vMA appliance and start resxtop
  • Explore the resxtop screens
  • Run resxtop in batch mode
  • Use Windows Perfmon to display batch mode output

Lab 3: vSphere Distributed Switches
  • Configure infrastructure to use a single vCenter Server - Part I
  • Configure infrastructure to use a single vCenter Server - Part II
  • Create a distributed switch for the virtual machine network
  • Create a distributed switch port group
  • Migrate virtual machines to a distributed switch port group
  • Verify that your virtual machine has proper access to the Production network

Lab 4: Port Mirroring
  • Configure port mirroring on a distributed switch
  • Verify that port mirroring works properly

Lab 5: Monitoring Network Activity
  • Start the network client and network server virtual machines
  • Configure resxtop
  • Perform test case 1: Measure network activity over the e1000 network adapter
  • Modify test virtual machines to use vmxnet3
  • Perform test case 2: Measure network activity over the vmxnet3 network adapter
  • Perform test case 3: Measure network activity over the same network

Lab 6: Command-Line Network Management
  • Virtual switch configuration
  • .vmx file entries related to the network configuration
  • Net-dvs output

Lab 7: Profile-Driven Storage
  • Create a VMFS datastore configuration for this lab
  • Create a user-defined storage capability
  • Create a virtual machine storage profile
  • Enable your host to use virtual machine storage profiles
  • Associate storage profiles with virtual machines

Lab 8: Manage Datastore Clusters
  • Create a datastore cluster enabled for Storage DRS
  • Perform a datastore evacuation with datastore maintenance mode
  • Manually run Storage DRS and apply migration recommendations
  • Acknowledge Storage DRS alarms

Lab 9: Monitor Storage Performance
  • Use vmhbas for local storage and shared storage
  • Add disks to your test virtual machine
  • Display the real-time disk performance charts of the vSphere Client
  • Perform test case 1: Measure sequential write activity to your remote virtual disk
  • Perform test case 2: Measure random write activity to your remote virtual disk
  • Perform test case 3: Measure random read activity to your remote virtual disk
  • Perform test case 4: Measure random read activity to your local virtual disk

Lab 10: Command-Line Storage Management
  • Use esxcli to view storage configuration information
  • Use vmkfstools to manage volumes and virtual disks
  • Generate disk activity in your test virtual machine
  • Start vscsiStats
  • Use vscsiStats to generate a histogram for disk latency
  • Use vscsiStats to determine type of I/O disk activity
  • Generate disk activity in your test virtual machine
  • Use vscsiStats to determine type of I/O disk activity

Lab 11: Monitor CPU Performance
  • Run a single-threaded program in a single-vCPU virtual machine
  • Use resxtop to observe baseline data
  • Use the vSphere Client to observe baseline data
  • Import the CPU-HOG vApp
  • Generate CPU contention
  • Run a single-threaded program in a dual-vCPU virtual machine
  • Run a dual-threaded program in a dual-vCPU virtual machine
  • Run a multithreaded program in a quad-vCPU virtual machine

Lab 12: Diagnose CPU Performance
  • Generate CPU activity
  • Display pop-up charts for your ESXi host and your test virtual machine
  • Check for host CPU saturation
  • Check for guest CPU saturation
  • Check for using only one vCPU in an SMP virtual machine
  • Check for low guest CPU utilization

Lab 13: Monitor Memory Performance
  • Generate database activity
  • Display the memory screen in resxtop
  • Display a memory performance chart for your test virtual machine
  • Import the RAM-HOG vApp
  • Over-commit memory resources

Lab 14: Diagnose Memory Performance
  • Generate memory activity
  • Display the memory performance charts for your ESXi host and virtual machines
  • Check for active host-level swapping
  • Check for past host-level swapping
  • Check for guest operating system paging
  • Check for high guest memory demand

Lab 15: Diagnose Virtual Machine and Cluster Performance
  • Move your ESXi host into the first problem cluster
  • Troubleshoot the first cluster problem
  • Troubleshoot the second cluster problem

Lab 16: Work with Host Profiles
  • Create a host profile
  • Attach a host profile to an ESXi host and check compliance
  • Purposely introduce configuration drift
  • Check compliance again
  • Remediate the managed host
  • Detach the managed host from the host profile

Lab 17: vCenter Linked Mode
  • Enable vCenter Linked Mode
  • Perform a combined query from a Linked Mode group
  • Execute administration operations in a Linked Mode group
  • Isolate a vCenter Server instance from a Linked Mode group

Lab 18: Using Windows PowerShell
  • Start vSphere PowerCLI and find the vSphere PowerCLI version
  • Retrieve the Windows PowerShell security policy
  • Create a simple script
  • Display the vSphere PowerCLI help files
  • Connect and disconnect to your ESXi host
  • Define a variable to store the ESXi host and vCenter Server system names
  • Connect to the vCenter Server system
  • Run cmdlets to find ESXi host-related information
  • Use Get-VM to retrieve virtual machine properties
  • Use Get-Stat to retrieve performance information
  • Migrate a virtual machine's disk to shared storage
  • Use vMotion to migrate a virtual machine

Lab 19: Use Image Builder
  • Export an image profile to an ISO image

Lab 20: Configure VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System
  • Install Auto Deploy
  • Configure the DHCP server and TFTP server for Auto Deploy
  • Use vSphere PowerCLI to configure Auto Deploy
  • Configure the ESXi host to boot from the network (For vClass users only)
  • Configure the ESXi host to boot from the network (For non-vClass users)
  • View the autodeployed host in the vCenter Server inventory
 

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