This five-day course teaches you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you configure and optimize the VMware vSphere® 7 features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Attend this course to deepen your understanding of vSphere and learn how its advanced features and controls can benefit your organization. As an exclusive benefit, those who participate in this course will receive additional premium recorded lecture material on vSphere security.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Configure and manage vSphere networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage certificates
Use Identity Federation to configure VMware vCenter Server® to use external identity sources
Use VMware vSphere® Trust Authority™ to secure the infrastructure for encrypted VMs
Use host profiles to manage VMware ESXi™ host compliance
Create and manage a content library for deploying virtual machines
Manage VM resource usage with resource pools
Monitor and analyze key performance indicators for compute, storage, and networking resources for ESXi hosts
Optimize the performance in the vSphere environment, including vCenter Server

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Network Scalability

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
    Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance
    Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow

  • Storage Scalability

  • Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system
    Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O filtering
    Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
    Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies
    Recognize components of the VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™ architecture
    Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

  • Host and Management Scalability

  • Use the vSphere Client to manage vSphere certificates
    Describe identity federation and recognize its use cases
    Configure identity federation to allow vCenter Server to use external identity provider
    Describe the benefits and use cases of vSphere Trust Authority
    Configure vSphere Trust Authority
    Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
    Create a local content library and subscribe to a published content library
    Deploy VMs from a content library
    Create and manage resource pools in a cluster
    Describe how scalable shares work

  • CPU Optimization

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation and other features that affect CPU performance
    Explain NUMA and vNUMA support
    Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics

  • Memory Optimization

  • Explain ballooning, memory compression, transparent page sharing, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
    Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

  • Storage Optimization

  • Describe storage queue types and other factors that affect storage performance
    Discuss vSphere support for NVMe and iSER technologies
    Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

  • Network Optimization

  • Explain performance features of network adapters
    Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
    Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

  • vCenter Server Performance Optimization

  • Describe the factors that influence vCenter Server performance
    Use VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ tools to monitor resource use Supplemental Content

  • Appendix A: vSphere Auto Deploy

  • Explain the purpose of VMware vSphere® ESXi ™ Image Builder CLI
    Explain the purpose of VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™
    Describe how an autodeployed ESXi host boots
    Configure a vSphere Auto Deploy environment

  • Appendix B: vSphere Security

  • Configure ESXi Host Access and Authentication
    Recognize strategies for securing vSphere components, such as vCenter Server, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines
    Describe vSphere support for security standards and protocols
    Describe virtual machine security features
    Describe the components of a VM encryption architecture
    Create, manage, and migrate encrypted VMs
    Encrypt core dumps
    List VM encryption events and alarms


Experienced system administrators, system engineers, and system integrators will benefit from this course.




You must complete one of the following prerequisites: Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7] course Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server Experience with working at the command line is highly recommended.

Length: 30.0 days (40 hours)


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