What are the pre-requisites?
Delegates attending this course should have system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
Who is this course for?
System administrators, Systems engineers and Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server.
What do you provide me on the course?
The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book Oofficial e-book VMware Manual Certificate Experienced Instructor Refreshments
What I learn from attending the course?
Some course objectives: Install and configure ESXi, Install and configure vCenter Server components, Use vCenter Server to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage, Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
What time shall I arrive at the venue?
Please arrive for 08:45am
What version are you using?
Our VMware vSphere 5.5 Install, Configure, Manage course is on the latest version - v5.5
Are there any follow on courses?
We would recommend VMware vSphere : Design Workshop, VMware View Install, Configure & Manage & VMware vSphere Optimize & Scale
How long is the course?
Our course is 5 days in duration
The Knowledge Academy
This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter™ Server. The course is based on ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.
Who is the course for?
- System administrators
- Systems engineers
- Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server
Delegates attending this course should have system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.5 functions and features and be able to meet the following objectives:
- Deploy an ESXi host
- Deploy a vCenter Server instance
- Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
- Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
- Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
- Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
- Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
- Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
- Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
- Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client
- Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Storage
- Manage access control using vCenter Server
- Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
- Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere®
- Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ using
- vCenter Server
- Apply patches using VMware® vCenter™ Update Manager™
- Introductions and course logistics
- Course objectives
Virtualized Data Center
- Introduce components of the virtualized data center
- Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
- Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-on
- Install and use vSphere Web Client
Creating Virtual Machines
- Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
- Deploy a single virtual machine
VMware vCenter Server
- Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
- Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
- Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
- Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
- Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
- Describe and modify standard switch properties
- Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
- Introduce storage protocols and device names
- Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
- Create and manage vSphere datastores
- Deploy and manage VMware® Virtual SAN™
Virtual Machine Management
- Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
- Modify and manage virtual machines
- Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
- Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
- Create a VMware vSphere® vApp(s)™
Access and Authentication Control
- Control user access through roles and permissions
- Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
- Configure ESXi lockdown mode
- Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
Resource Management and Monitoring
- Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
- Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
- Configure and manage resource pools
- Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
High Availability and Fault Tolerance
- Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
- Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
- Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
- Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
- Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed
- Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
- Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
- Use vSphere HA and DRS together
- Use vCenter Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
- Install vCenter Update Manager and the vCenter Update
- Manager plug-in
- Create patch baselines
- Scan and remediate hosts
Installing VMware Components
- Introduce ESXi installation
- Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
- Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
- Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
- Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)
The Knowledge Academy works in partnership with Avnet Technology Solutions Ltd for the provision of accredited VMware training
- The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
- Oofficial e-book VMware Manual
- Experienced Instructor
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The Knowledge Academy Launches VMware Training
The Knowledge Academy has been making a lot of noise recently regarding their launch of the VMware Training Course. Well, why not? VMware has been on the cutting edge of virtualisation since the release of the VMware Workstation, back in 1999. So, I am here to give you an introduction to the VMware server and why it is so important to businesses around the world today.
Back in 2001 VMware released its first of a long line of server based products – The VMware ESX and GSX server products have changed the way we look at our server utilisation. There are now lots of different virtualisation software packages in the market all over the map. It was this increase that eventually gave birth to the VMware server.
So, what makes the VMware server so special to us? This is spoken about extensively throughout the VMware training course and in numerous books available, but to cure your curiosity; the VMware server is a robust and versatile tool for your data centre and development processes. Oh, and by the way…It’s free!
Virtualisation, itself is a broad term that most commonly refers to some kind of abstraction of resources. However, I will be focusing on software virtualisation for the remainder of this article.
Software virtualisation is a process in which the physical hardware of a machine is abstracted from the underlying operating system by means of software. This hardware abstraction allows multiple virtual environments to function side by side on top of a single physical machine. Throughout this abstraction process, each virtual machine is provided with its own hardware such as; RAM, CPU or Network Card and this is independent and therefore isolated from the other virtual machines running alongside it.
Hosted Vs Hypervisor Architecture
In order to discuss and understand software virtualisation, it is important to discuss hosted vs hypervisor architecture. To explain in more detail;
Hosted architecture: where your virtualisation software is installed as an application onto the already existing host operating system. This therefore means that your virtualisation layer relies on your host operating system for device support and physical resource management. Examples of this are the VMware Server and the Microsoft Virtual PC.
Hypervisor architecture: This is more of a ‘bare metal approach’ where there is no pre-existing operating system in place. The virtualisation software is installed onto a ‘clean’ system and will provided a kernel and driver support for the raw physical hardware. An example of this is the VMware ESX server.
During the VMware training course, a lot of different terminology will be used and therefore it is vital that you understand the language. A key phrase that will be spoken of is; Host or Guest.
Host vs Guest
If you are able to understand the definition of Host architecture, you will undoubtedly see where the term host comes from. The ‘host machine’ is the physical machine itself – the machine where you will be installing the VMware server. The host operating system therefore is the actual operation system installed on the host machine. During the course you will see this referred to as just; ‘host’.
Previously, I spoke about virtualisation – there you learnt that there are segments created in order to isolate and house your virtual machines. Once a new virtual machine is created it is important that it is on a ‘clean slate’. Just like when you are using a brand new PC, you must install an operating system onto the newly created virtual machine. The ‘guest’ refers to the operating system being installed on the virtual machine.
In order to succeed in your VMware training course, it is vital that you understand the differentiation between Host and Guest.
So, I have been using the term; ‘VMware Server’ but haven’t actually explained it…Well here goes;
The VMware server is a multi-platform made up of the Windows Server and Linux application, that provides a host based software virtualisation. This will therefore enable you to create and operate multiple x86-based virtual machines simultaneously on the same physical machine. Whilst this is useful, the VMware server also has other advantages;
- Rapid deployment and a decreased set-up and tear down of new machines
- Multiple platforms available on a single physical machine
- The ability to move virtual machines from one server to another with no loss of information
- Increased utilisation of your hardware with decreased costs.
It is due to the VMware Server and its importance in the busy business world that The Knowledge Academy has launched the VMware training course. This training will equip you will the knowledge and information you need to be able to work with the VMware Server on a daily basis.
Written by Jane Smith