In this three-day course, you learn about managing and operating VMware vSAN™ 7. This course focuses on building the required skills for common Day-2 vSAN administrator tasks such as, vSAN node management, cluster maintenance, security operations and advanced vSAN cluster operations. You also gain practical experience through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Define the tasks involved in vSAN node management
Updating and upgrading vSAN using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager™
Explain vSAN resilience and data availability features
Reconfigure vSAN storage policies and observe the cluster-wide impact
Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
Describe common vSAN cluster maintenance operations
Control vSAN resync operations
Configure vSAN storage efficiency and reclamation features
Use VMware Skyline™ Health to monitor cluster health, performance, and storage capacity
Describe vSAN security operations
Configure vSAN Direct for cloud native applications
Configure remote vSAN datastore and vSAN native file services
Manage two-node cluster and stretched cluster advance operations

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • vSAN Node Management

  • Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
    Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning
    Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
    Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
    Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to perform upgrades

  • vSAN Resilience and Data Availability Operations

  • Describe vSAN storage policies
    Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change
    Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option
    Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster
    Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures
    Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster
    Configure the vSAN fault domains

  • vSAN Cluster Maintenance

  • Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
    Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options
    Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode
    Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode
    Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters
    Use best practices for boot devices
    Replace vSAN nodes

  • vSAN Storage Space Efficiency

  • Discuss deduplication and compression techniques
    Understand deduplication and compression overhead
    Discuss compression only mode
    Configure erasure coding
    Configure swap object thin provisioning
    Discuss reclaiming storage space with SCSI UNMAP
    Configure TRIM/UNMAP

  • vSAN Cluster Performance Monitoring

  • Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve
    products and services
    Use vSphere Skyline Health for monitoring vSAN cluster health
    Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in VMware vSphere® Client™
    Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues
    Use IO Insight metrics for monitoring vSAN performance
    Analyse vsantop performance metrics
    Use a vSAN proactive test to detect and diagnose cluster issues

  • vSAN Security Operations

  • Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption
    Perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
    Describe the workflow of data-in transit encryption
    Identify the steps involved in replacing Key Management Server (KMS)

  • vSAN Direct

  • Discuss the use cases for vSAN Direct
    Understand the overall architecture of vSAN Direct
    Describe the workflow of vSAN Direct datastore creation
    Explore how vSAN Direct works with storage policy tagging

  • Remote vSAN

  • Discuss the use cases for remote vSAN
    Understand the high-level architecture
    Describe remote datastore operations
    Discuss the network requirement
    Interoperability between remote vSAN and VMware vSphere® High Availability

  • vSAN Native File Service

  • Discuss the use cases for vSAN file service
    Understand the high-level architecture of vSAN file service
    Discuss the authentication model
    Configure file shares
    Monitor file share health and capacity utilization

  • Manage Advanced vSAN Cluster Operations

  • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
    Understand the importance of witness node
    Describe how stretched cluster storage policies affect vSAN objects
    Create and apply a vSAN stretched cluster policy to meet specific needs
    Discuss stretched cluster failure scenarios and responses


Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of VMware vSAN 7 will benefit from this course.




While there are no prerequisites for this course, please ensure you have the right level of experience to be successful in this training.

Length: 30.0 days (24 hours)


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