VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design (VM7438)

VMware is the industry leader in data center virtualization. The vSphere 6.x suite of products provides a robust and resilient platform to virtualize server and application workloads. With the release of 6.x a whole range of new features has come along such as ESXi Security enhancements, fault tolerance, high availability enhancements, and virtual volumes, thus simplifying the secure management of resources, the availability of applications, and performance enhancements of workloads deployed in the virtualized datacenter.

This course provides recipes to create a virtual datacenter design using the features of vSphere 6.x by guiding you through the process of identifying the design factors and applying them to the logical and physical design process. You’ll follow steps that walk you through the design process from beginning to end, right from the discovery process to creating the conceptual design; calculating the resource requirements of the logical storage, compute, and network design; mapping the logical requirements to a physical design; security design; and finally creating the design documentation.

The recipes in this course provide guidance on making design decisions to ensure the successful creation, and ultimately the successful implementation, of a VMware vSphere 6.x virtual data center design.


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Plan obuke: 

Module 1: The virtual datacenter

  • Becoming a virtual datacenter architect
  • Using a holistic approach to datacenter design
  • Passing the VMware VCAP6-DCV Design exam
  • Identifying what's new in vSphere 6
  • Planning a vSphere 6 upgrade

Module 2: The discovery process

  • Identifying the design factors
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Conducting stakeholder interviews
  • VMware Capacity Planner
  • Using Windows Performance Monitor
  • Conducting a VMware Optimization Assessment
  • Identifying dependencies

Module 3: The design factors

  • Identifying design requirements
  • Identifying design constraints
  • Making design assumptions
  • Identifying design risks
  • Creating the conceptual design

Module 4: vSphere management design

  • Identifying vCenter components and dependencies
  • Selecting a vCenter deployment option
  • Determining vCenter resource requirements
  • Selecting a database for the vCenter deployment
  • Determining database interoperability
  • Choosing a vCenter deployment topology
  • Designing for management availability
  • Designing a separate management cluster
  • Configuring vCenter Mail, SNMP, and Alarms
  • Using Enhanced Linked Mode
  • Using the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
  • Backing up the vCenter Server components
  • Upgrading vCenter Server
  • Designing a vSphere Update Manager Deployment

Module 5: vSphere storage design

  • Identifying RAID levels
  • Calculating the storage capacity requirements
  • Determining the storage performance requirements
  • Calculating the storage throughput
  • Storage connectivity options
  • Storage path selection plugins
  • Sizing datastores
  • Designing for VMware VSAN
  • Using VMware Virtual Volumes
  • Incorporating storage policies into a design
  • NFS version 4.1 capabilities and limits

Module 6: vSphere network design

  • Determining network bandwidth requirements
  • Standard or distributed virtual switches
  • Providing network availability
  • Network resource management
  • Using private VLANs
  • IP storage network design considerations
  • Using jumbo frames
  • Creating custom TCP/IP stacks
  • Designing for VMkernel services
  • vMotion network design considerations
  • IPv6 in a vSphere Design

Module 7: vSphere compute design

  • Calculating CPU resource requirements
  • Calculating memory resource requirements
  • Transparent Page Sharing
  • Scaling up or scaling out
  • Determining the vCPU-to-core ratio
  • Clustering compute resources
  • Reserving HA resources to support failover
  • Using Distributed Resource Scheduling to balance cluster resources
  • Ensuring cluster vMotion compatibility
  • Using resource pools
  • Providing fault tolerance protection
  • Leveraging host flash

Module 8: vSphere physical design

  • Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List
  • Understanding the physical storage design
  • Understanding the physical network design
  • Creating the physical compute design
  • Creating a custom ESXi image
  • Best practices for ESXi host BIOS settings
  • Upgrading an ESXi host

Module 9: Virtual machine design

  • Introduction
  • Right-sizing virtual machines
  • Enabling CPU Hot Add and Memory Hot Plug
  • Using paravirtualized VM hardware
  • Creating virtual machine templates
  • Upgrading and installing VMware Tools
  • Upgrading VM virtual hardware
  • Using vApps to organize virtualized applications
  • Using VM affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Using a VM to host affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Converting physical servers with vCenter Converter Standalone

Module 10: vSphere security design

  • Managing the Single Sign-On Password Policy
  • Managing Single Sign-On Identity Sources
  • Using Active Directory for ESXi host authentication
  • ESXi Firewall configuration
  • The ESXi Lockdown mode
  • Configuring role-based access control
  • Virtual network security
  • Using the VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide

Module 11: Disaster recovery and business continuity

  • Backing up ESXi host configurations
  • Configuring ESXi host logging
  • Backing up virtual distributed switch configurations
  • Deploying VMware Data Protection
  • Using VMware Data Protection to back up virtual machines
  • Replicating virtual machines with vSphere Replication
  • Protecting the virtual datacenter with Site Recovery Manager

Module 12: Design documentation

  • Creating the architecture design document
  • Writing an implementation plan
  • Developing an installation guide
  • Creating a validation test plan
  • Writing operational procedures
  • Presenting the design
  • Implementing the design
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