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VMware: Datacenter Virtualization with vSphere 5 - Part 2

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Security is a vital consideration when setting up and managing a vSphere environment. Like most other areas of security within information technology, securing a vSphere environment means securing several different components of vSphere. This course examines vSphere security considerations, points of vulnerability, as well as VMware security resources. The majority of what you need to do as a vSphere administrator involves working with vCenter Server. Even so, it's still necessary to discuss how ESXi handles user authentication, because the mechanism vCenter Server uses to manage ESXi hosts also relies on ESXi authentication. And because the need to authenticate to ESXi still exists (even if you are authenticating indirectly through vCenter Server), you need to understand what options exist for managing users and groups on ESXi hosts. There are two basic options: managing users and groups locally on each host or integrating with Active Directory. This course explains roles, privileges, groups and users (RPGU) as well as Active Directory integration. This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.
  • describe the characteristics of vSphere security
  • describe local options that exist for managing users and groups on ESXi hosts
  • sequence the steps to add and edit a role
  • distinguish between the ESXi and vCenter server active directory integration processes
  • identify the characteristics of the vSphere Authentication Proxy mechanism
  • describe how the vSphere Authentication Proxy mechanism operates
  • configure Active Directory integration and assign roles in a given scenario
In addition to securing against external threats you must also work to mitigate threats against the internal network components such as vLANs, switches, and iSCSI traffic within your vSphere Environment. This course describes how to protect internal components using ESXi Shell, Security Profiles. Firewalls, Lockdown mode, and encryption. Often times, the first time that you connect to a vCenter Server instance, you receive a Security Warning dialog box.This security warning appears because the vSphere Client uses HTTP over Secure Sockets Layer (HTTPS) to connect to vCenter Server while the vCenter Server is using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate from an "untrusted" source. This course reviews ESXi SSL certificate options as well as explains the SSL certificate options available to correct errors security warning messages.
  • describe how to configure services from the Security Profile
  • describe how ESXi firewall and Lockdown mode provide security
  • recognize the options available when using firewall protection
  • describe how vLANS and switch settings can be used to protect standard switches
  • match the features of the encryption and authentication methods appropriately
  • describe best practice when securing components
  • secure ESXi hosts in a given scenario
  • describe the characteristics of ESXi certificate support
Host Profiles, Update Manager, and Auto Deploy allow you to automate several configurations for ESXi hosts, VM's, and vCenter Server. This course explains how a Host Profile is essentially a collection of all the various configuration settings for an ESXi host and how it may be applied to additional ESXi hosts requiring the same configuration settings. The course also explains how software patches are an unfortunate fact of life in today's IT departments and how software updates are necessary to correct problems or flaws and to add new features. Fortunately, VMware offers a tool to help centralize, automate, and manage these patches forvSphere - vSphere Update Manager - and it's installation and utilization are covered in this course. Lastly, this course reviews how Auto Deploy can be used to dynamically and quickly provision ESXi hosts at boot time and potentially offer administrators tremendous flexibility and power. This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.
  • identify the purpose of Host Profiles
  • describe how to configure a Host Profile
  • sequence the steps in the VUM installation process
  • describe the update manager installation process
  • identify how to configure Update Manager for the virtual environment
  • match the areas within the Update Manager interface to their function
  • identify the characteristics of baselines
  • identify how Update Manager uses baselines to keep hosts and VMs updated
  • describe the Auto Deploy cycle for provisioning physical hosts with ESXi
  • describe the considerations involved in the installation of Auto Deploy
A vCenter Server Appliance, or VCSA is a Linux-based appliance that can be downloaded and installed on an ESXi host that will allow the move away from traditional Windows-based installs. This course provides an overview of the vCenter Server Appliance including the deployment options available. Configuration of the vCenter Server Appliance is also covered. This course provides an overview of factors you need to consider when upgrading to the vSphere 5 from earlier versions. It also explains upgrade options, details the upgrade process, reviews changes from vSphere 4 to vSphere 5, and covers upgrade requirements. It also covers the prep work required for a vCenter Server upgrade and the upgrade processes for vCenter Server, VCSA, and Update Manager. This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.
  • identify characteristics of VCSA
  • describe how to configure the console VCSA for initial setup information and text based configuration
  • identify actions to take to configure the VCSA via the web browser
  • match example tasks with VCSA web interface options that would be used to accomplish these
  • identify considerations when upgrading to vSphere 5
  • describe what you need to do before a vCenter Server upgrade
  • sequence steps to upgrade a vCenter Server
  • recognize steps to upgrade a vCenter Appliance
  • sequence the steps to upgrade Update Manager
When planning host upgrades there is some pre-migration prep work that should be considered. This course explains the prep work involved and all of the items required before completing ESXi upgrades to ESXi 5. Post migration best practices for an ESXi host upgrade are also detailed. VMware tools are an important part of your virtualized infrastructure to help provide the highest levels of performance for guest Operating Systems. It is considered a best practice to keep the VMware tools up to date. This course discusses the ways to upgrade VMware tools as well as the virtual hardware. This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.
  • identify the options for carrying out an interactive upgrade to ESXi 5
  • identify steps in the process of upgrading to ESXi 5 via Update Manager
  • describe tasks you carry out after upgrading to ESXi 5
  • identify options for doing the VMware tools upgrade to a vSphere 5 environment
  • identify steps in the process of upgrading virtual hardware to a vSphere 5 environment

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