What is this course about?
As organizations increasingly adopt virtualization, the potential for issues that can affect system availability and create costly downtime, has increased exponentially. The ability to respond quickly and efficiently to these challenges is more important that ever.
In this course, you diagnose and correct configuration issues in the vSphere environment. You also learn how to ensure optimal resource allocation and availability, restore optimal DRS cluster function management and apply a series of proven tools and techniques to troubleshoot potential problems.
Who will benefit from this course?
This course is valuable foranyone who wants to learn how to troubleshoot the vSphere infrastructure, particularly:
- Network analysts
- Storage analysts
- Storage architects
- System administrators
What background do I need?
Knowledge of installing and configuring VMware vSphere at the level of Course 171, Deploying VMware® vSphere: Hands-On, or equivalent experience, is assumed. Working knowledge of enterprise storage and networking is helpful.
What version of VMware is used in this course?
This course uses VMware vSphere 5, which is a suite of products and includes:
- ESXi Server, version 5
- vCenter Server, version 5
Why should my organization implement VMware vSphere?
VMware vSphere is a powerful suite of software tools that enable organizations to optimize and manage IT environments through virtualization. The main components of vSphere are ESXi Server, Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) and vCenter Server.
VMware vSphere, when effectively deployed, can:
- Increase hardware utilization and reduce hardware costs
- Reduce the physical space required for your datacenter
- Decrease the power and cooling requirements of your datacenter
- Reduce labor costs by simplifying and automating IT operations
- Increase application availability to the datacenter customers
- Improve the responsiveness to business needs with instant provisioning and dynamic optimization of applications and environments
Which operating systems are used in the course?
Several operating systems are used in this course. The foundation is ESXi 5 Server. You will also learn to deploy virtual machines with various guest operating systems, such as Windows and Linux.
Does this course help me prepare for VMware Professional Certification?
No, this course does not prepare you for the VMware Professional Certification and instead focuses on the practical and vendor-independent implementation of VMware vSphere. While this course does cover a significant amount of content required to become a VMware Certified Professional, it is not a VMware authorized course.
How much time is spent on each topic?
Leveraging built-in analysis and monitoring tools 3.0
Investigating system event logs 3.0
Managing CPU and memory design 2.0
Analyzing virtual networks 2.0
Resolving storage access and performance issues 2.0
Solving vMotion errors 2.5
Troubleshooting host clusters 5.0
Applying lessons learned 2.5
Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.
How much of this course is hands-on?
You spend approximately 40 percent of the course in hands-on exercises that provide practical experience troubleshooting VMware vSphere. Exercises include:
- Utilizing CLI for problem resolution
- Uncovering performance metrics using esxtop
- Setting up a syslog collection system
- Analyzing memory management mechanisms
- Troubleshooting vSwitch configuration
- Isolating and correcting DRS problems
- Evaluating admission control in clusters
- Resolving DRS migration failures
- Mitigating host isolation response in clusters