In order to design and integrate VMware solutions into the enterprise virtualized environments, it is important to have an understanding of the overall design process and framework. This course explains datacenter design principles and methodologies that will be used in a virtualized enterprise design.
- recognize design considerations and challenges
- describe where to begin with customers
- describe methods for dealing with decision makers
- determine if you've achieved design acceptance
- recognize what your framework should include
- describe the components of MRSCAPS
- recognize the phases of design
- recognize the risks associated with the discovery phase
The first step in developing a vSphere design is creating a conceptual design. The purpose of the conceptual design is to provide a high level outline of all business requirements and components. This course explains the process of gathering and analyzing business requirements and analyzing application requirements as well as how to determine any risks constraints and assumptions.
Once you have your conceptual design completed, you can move ahead to creating the logical design which details how the network components such as switches, hosts, and storage work with or depend on one another. The logical design is used to evaluate the conceptual - l design without specifying such details as physical hostnames, network addresses, or connection types. This course explains how to create a vSphere logical design from an existing conceptual design.
- describe how to go about defining baselines
- differentiate between functional and non-functional requirements
- identify guidelines for analyzing application requirements
- recognize how to determine application requirements
- identify relevant factors when determining application dependencies in Sharepoint 2013
- recognize how your design will be impacted
- recognize examples of risks, constraints, and assumptions
- describe how to put everything together into a conceptual design
- distinguish active and passive discovery in mapping service dependencies
- identify factors to consider when planning for redundancy
- identify business continuity planning considerations
- recognize how to build manageability requirements into the logical design
- recognize principles for building performance requirements into the logical design
The logical design captures business, service, availability, manageability, performance, recovery and security requirements. Once this is created, we can start to work on the physical design. Details such as network components and storage options can be specified.
This course explains how to take the logical design and create the physical network design from it. This includes describing designs for VLANs and private VLANs, switches, redundancy, security policies and settings, and additional networking considerations. Determining the most appropriate storage technologies and designing the storage based on the chosen storage capabilities is also detailed.
- differentiate between VLANs and PVLANs
- recognize types of switch operations
- recognize the different load balancing options
- describe security policy exceptions
- describe NIC and peripheral considerations
- compile a network design debrief
- determine storage criteria
- recognize the factors that could determine the most appropriate storage solution for your design
- recognize zoning best practices
- recognize the characteristics of the different storage tiers
- describe network storage considerations
- recognize how to determine capacity
- differentiate between combating latency 1 and combating latency 2
- compile a storage design debrief
After the vSphere network and storage designs have been completed the appropriate amount of compute resources for our physical design can be determined. Determining compute resources involves reviewing CPU resources, examining server density, consolidation options and sizing resource pools.
Once the compute resources for our physical design are determined the virtual machines can be configured for the vSphere physical design. This course reviews considerations such as using a raw disk map or a VMDK for a virtual machine, virtual machine sizing, determining share reservations and limits for those virtual machines and the available virtual hardware deployment options for the virtual machines. Virtual apps, Fault Tolerance or third-party clustering solutions, and antivirus solutions for our virtual machines are also covered.
The last step in creating an effective physical vSphere design is determining the datacenter management options for our physical vSphere design. This course identifies use cases for asset and configuration management, deployment options, release management technologies, and logging, monitoring, and reporting technologies.
Once an effective physical vSphere design is completed and the conceptual, logical, and the physical phases have all been detailed; the last and final phase is the implementation planning. This includes creating and executing a validation plan, creating an implementation plan as well as an installation guide. This course completes by reviewing how to create and execute a validation plan for a design draft including identifying the standard functional test areas for design, operational testing and design verification, choosing the appropriate test areas, identifying, tracking and comparing results, and then applying the validation plan metrics.
- describe factors to consider when determining consolidation ratios
- describe functional needs that determine the number of nodes required in a cluster
- identify considerations for ensuring your computing design meets customer needs
- distinguish the pros and cons of different types of raw disk mappings
- recognize design considerations when sizing virtual machines
- identify initial deployment options for virtual machines within a vSphere physical design
- identify guidelines for evaluating antivirus solutions in the context of vSphere design
- identify different ways to access vSphere 5
- describe what issues must be decided when analyzing cluster availability requirements for HA and Fault Tolerance
- describe cluster performance considerations for DRS
- identify logging, monitoring, and reporting technologies built into vSphere 5
- distinguish deployment options for components of the vSphere
- recognize the process for creating and executing a validation plan
- recognize the process for creating an implementation plan