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
Systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel working in virtualized server environments who have completed Datacenter Virtualization with vSphere 5: Part 1. Candidates who are seeking to learn about advanced features and configuration options available in the vSphere Enterprise product. This includes, configuring High Availability, Distributed Resource Scheduling, upgrading to vSphere 5 and auto deployment. A solid technical foundation in virtualization using vSphere coupled with strong network and administration skills are required as a prerequisite for this path.