VMware vSphere 6, Part 1 of 5: Introduction
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VMware vSphere 6, Part 1 of 5: Introduction

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Updated Feb 04, 2020

Welcome to VMware 6.0 Bootcamp. In this course we start with an introduction and methodology. Next we cover a virtualization overview and definitions about virtualization then moving on to planning and installing ESXi. Finally we will cover some of the tools of VMware and some third party tools as well as vcenter server and licensing. This course contains the following lessons:

Lesson 1:

  • The Software-Designed Datacenter
  • vCloud Suite 6.0
  • Why Virtualize?
  • Simplifying Management
  • VMWare TCO Comparison Calculator
  • What Is Virtual Infrastructure?
  • VMWare vSphere 6.0
  • Type 1 and Type 2 Hypervisors
  • What is a Virtual Machine?
  • VMWare Horizon View 6.0
  • VMWare Horizon FLEX
  • VMWare Workstation Pro 12
  • VMWare Fusion 8
  • VMWare Workstation Player
  • Other Hypervisors
  • Conclusion.

Lesson 2:

  • Physical Hardware Requirements
  • vSphere Hypervisor 6.0
  • VMWare ESXi 6.0
  • Booting ESXi from a SAN LUN
  • Linux, Windows, and ESX/ESXi.

Lesson 3:

  • Overview of Deployment Planning
  • ESXi Compatibility Guides
  • Storage: Capacity and Performance
  • VMWare Capacity Planner.

Lesson 4:

  • vSphere Hypervisor 6.x Installable
  • ESXi Installation Options
  • Demo: Install ESXi 6.0
  • Local Config of ESXi 6.0 using DCUI
  • PXE Boot Server
  • vSphere 6.x ESXi Image Builder CLI
  • vSphere 5.x/6.x Auto Deploy Architecture
  • Conclusion.

Lesson 5:

  • Configuring DNS Settings
  • Time Synchronization
  • ESXi Host Health Check
  • ESXi Host Boot Process
  • Troubleshooting: hostd
  • Troubleshooting ESXi CIM Management Agents
  • Purple Screen of Death.

Lesson 6:

  • WinSCP 5.x.x (Free)
  • ISO Programs
  • Xtravirt.com
  • Foglight for Virtualization (Free Edition)
  • Datastores and VSANs
  • RVTools v3.7
  • Other Tools.

Lesson 7:

  • Management Overview
  • Direct Console User Interface
  • vSphere Client and Management User Interface
  • Managing with vSphere Web Client
  • SSH Access
  • Datastore Browser
  • Troubleshooting Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Options: ESXI 6.x
  • CLI Commands
  • vSphere Command Line Interface and Syntax
  • vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.0
  • VMA
  • PowerCLI 6.0 Release 1
  • PowerGUI.

Lesson 8:

  • Windows vs. Linux Commands
  • Common CLI Options
  • Working at the Command Line
  • ESXi 6.0 Text Editor
  • vSphere Client Logs
  • Troubleshooting vSphere
  • Conclusion.

Lesson 9:

  • Licensing Model
  • vSphere Essentials 6.0 for Small Business
  • License Types and Pricing
  • Features Added in vSphere 5.1
  • Windows Licensing Center.

Lesson 10:

  • vCenter Server 6.x Summary
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Specifications
  • vCenter Database
  • vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Specifications
  • Comparing Windows Center 6.0 to vCSA 6.0
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Host Functionality
  • vCenter Server 5.1/5.5
  • vCenter Server 6.0
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Architecture
  • Components of vCenter 6.0: PSC
  • Components of vCenter 6.0: vCenter Server
  • Topologies for vCenter 6.0
  • vCenter Server 6.x Database Sizing
  • Backup Strategy for vCenter Server.

Lesson 11:

  • vCenter 6.0 Installation
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Single Server
  • External PSC Only (Windows)
  • vCenter Server 6.0 for External PSC (Windows)
  • vCenter Server 6.0 for Embedded PSC (Linux)
  • vCenter Server 6.0 Post Install
  • VIC Plugins Post UM Install.

Lesson 12:

  • vSphere Web Client
  • vSphere Web Client Requirements
  • Using vSphere Web Client 6.0
  • Getting Started.

Lesson 13:

  • Hosts and Clusters: Datacenters
  • Content Library Basics
  • vCenter Inventory: VMs/Templates Additional Info
  • Storage: Folders and Datastores
  • Create a Content Library
  • Hosts and Clusters: Folders and Clusters
  • VMs and Templates: Subfolders
  • Networks: Postgroups and vDS
  • vCenter Server Home Page.

Lesson 14:

  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Events
  • Tasks, Alarms, and Work in Progress
  • Flings at VMWare Labs
  • Sessions
  • System Logs.

Lesson 15:

  • Refreshing vCenter Server
  • ESXi Host Agent Hangs
  • vCenter Server Log Files
  • Monitoring Hardware Status
  • vCenter Server Service Errors
  • Monitoring vCenter Server Status
  • vSphere Client Session Errors
  • vCenter Server Standalone Mode.
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