VMware vSphere 8.0 with ESXi and vCenter (VM7431)

This powerful five-day training is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ 8.0 including VMware ESXi™ 8.0 and vCenter™ 8.0. This course has been completely updated to reflect the most recent changes introduced in vSphere 8.0. 

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. 45+% of class time is devoted to labs so students get the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators. Students use dedicated labs that start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi hosts and progress through shared storage, networking, building VMs and centralized management. The class continues with rapid VM deployment, hot-plug virtual hardware, permissions, alarms resource management, VM high availability clusters, VM load balanced clusters, VM cold, hot and storage migration, updating / upgrading ESXi hosts and performance.This class is unique in that, by the end of the class, students will have built a complete vSphere 8.0 environment from scratch inclulding installing and configuring ESXi 8.0 hosts and installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance 8.0. We are the only major vSphere training provider where every student must install ESXi and vCenter to be successful. By the end of the class, attendees will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and best practices needed to deploy, configure and administer VMware vSphere 8.0.

This training can be used as comprehensive preparation for obtaining the VMware vSphere 8.x Professional certification (exam 2V0-21.23).

Applicable solutions

Public class

Virtual classroom
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August 12 2024
Virtual classroom
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September 23 2024
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November 4 2024
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December 9 2024
5 days / 35 hours

Private class

Virtual classroom
Minimum no. of participants: 5
5 days / 35 hours
Price on request
English or French
Training plan: 

Module 1: Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

  • Virtualization explained
  • How virtualization solves common issues with workload management
  • Overview of VMware vSphere software components and features
  • What's New in vSphere 8.0

Module 2: Stand Alone ESXi

  • Understanding ESXi
  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Software installation and best practices
  • Join ESXi to a Domain
  • Local User Management and Policies
  • Managing ESXi hosts with Host Client

Module 3: Networking

  • vNetwork standard virtual Switches
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
  • Creating and configuring VMkernel NICs for ESXi networking
  • vSwitch pNIC teaming for performance and reliability

Module 4: NAS Storage

  • Shared Storage benefits
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESXi to use NFS shares
  • NFS Use Cases
  • Troubleshooting NFS common problems

Module 5: Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and maximums
  • Sizing and creating a new VM
  • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
  • VMware remote console applications
  • Installing an OS into a VM
  • Saving and restoring a VM’s state with snapshots

Module 6: vCenter

  • vCenter overview and components
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance
  • Complete post-install configuration tasks using vCSA’s VAMI interface
  • Connecting vCenter’s base Linux Photon OS to Active Directory
  • Updating Single Sign On’s directory source database to query Active Directory
  • Organizing vCenter's inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Administering vCenter Server with HTML 5 based vSphere Client

Module 7: Templates and Clones

  • Virtual Machine Golden Master rapid deployment using templates
  • Creating, updating and working with Templates
  • Rapid ad-hoc VM duplication using Cloning
  • Best practices for cloning and templating

Module 8: Hot Plug Hardware

  • Update VM vHardware with no downtime with hotplug virtual hardware
  • Configuring VMs to support hotplug vCPUs and vRAM
  • Hot-plugging vNICs and vDisks into a running VM
  • Windows Guest OS experience when hot-pluging virtual hardware

Module 9: Permissions

  • VMware Security model
  • Configuring local users and groups
  • Managing local permissions
  • Granting access to local and Active Directory based users and groups
  • How permissions are applied

Module 10: Shared Storage

  • Fibre SAN overview
  • World Wide Names and LUN identifiers
  • Fibre Soft Zoning and Hard Zoning
  • iSCSI overview
  • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
  • Configuring ESXi’s iSCSI software adaptor
  • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI volumes
  • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • Storage and storage network design and best practices
  • Understanding the benefits of VMware VAAI compliant storage

Module 11: VMFS

  • VMFS 6 features and benefits
  • Creating new VMFS datastores
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing including policies, benefits and use cases
  • VMFS performance, design and configuration tips

Module 12: Alarms

  • Alarm categories and definitions
  • Creating custom alarms and setting alarm actions
  • Configure vCenter so it can send E-mail and SNMP alerts
  • Reviewing existing alarms and acknowledging them
  • Identify the most useful alarms to review and enable

Module 13: Resource Pools

  • Delegate compute resources in bulk using Resource Pools
  • How ESXi delivers resources to VMs
  • Compute resource tunes - Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • Configure and test predictable compute resource delegations

Module 14: VM Migration

  • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
  • Hot VM compute state migrations between ESXi hosts with VMotion
  • VMotion requirements and dependencies
  • How VMotion works – detailed explanation
  • How to test ESXi hosts and VMs for VMotion compatibility
  • Hot VM disk state migrations between datastores with Storage VMotion

Module 15: Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters

  • Automatic CPU and Memory resource balancing clusters with VMware DRS
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Features, benefits and use cases for Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC)
  • Configuring Per-VM EVC

Module 16: High Availability Clusters

  • High Availability options to minimize unplanned VM down time due to infrastructure issues
  • VMware HA policies to protect against ESXi host, storage network and SAN volume failures
  • Admission Control for guaranteed compute resource availability after a host failure
  • Heartbeat Datastores to quickly resolve host isolation vs. host failure situations

Module 17: VMware Lifecycle Manager

  • Configure and enable VMware Lifecycle Manager
  • Create an ESXi host upgrade baseline
  • Checking ESXi host compliance with attached host upgrade baselines
  • How to upgrade ESXi 7.0 hosts to ESXi 8.0 using VLM

Module 18: Performance

  • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
  • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
  • Identifying and resolving resource contention
  • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
  • Performance and capacity planning strategies

Module 19: Final Thoughts

  • What to virtualize and what not to virtualize
  • VM guest OS security in a virtual environment
  • How to protect VMs and their data from unauthorized copying
  • Useful books, white papers and online resources
  • One year access to the class recording
  • Access to the lab environment during the training
  • Course material accessible in electronic format
  • Certificate of attendance

Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux™, Mac OS/X, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage and / or networks is helpful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

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