Install, Configure, Manage [V8.20]

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

In this five-day course, you will focus on designing, installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director® 8.20 for Service Providers. You will learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks, as well as the integrated use of VMware vSAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.


  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] or equivalent knowledge

Who Can Benefit

  • Cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in a service provider or managed services environment

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives

Module 2: Software-Defined Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Lesson 2: Describe vSphere
  • Lesson 3: Describe NSX
  • Lesson 4: Describe vSAN

Module 3: Cloud Computing and vCloud Director Overview

  • Lesson 1: Cloud computing overview
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of cloud services
  • Lesson 3: Categories of cloud computing
  • Lesson 4: VMware offering to enable cloud-based services
  • Lesson 5: Cloud deployment environments
  • Lesson 6: VMware vCloud® Air™ network program overview
  • Lesson 7: Describe vCloud Director in relation to service provider or managed services environments

Module 4: vCloud Director Architecture and Components

  • Lesson 1: vCloud Director architecture
  • Lesson 2: Review vCloud Director components and explain their functions
  • Lesson 3: Examine integration with other VMware products, including VMware vRealize® Business™ for Cloud, VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™, NSX, and vSAN
  • Lesson 4: vCloud Director terms: vApp and catalog
  • Lesson 5: vCloud Director terms: organization and virtual data center
  • Lesson 6: Network concepts
  • Lesson 7: vCloud Director supported storage

Module 5: vCloud Director API and Metadata

  • Lesson 1: Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director
  • Lesson 2: Use of REST API in VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™
  • Lesson 3: Describe access to vCloud Director using VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™
  • Lesson 4: Create and update metadata on objects

Module 6: vCloud Providers

  • Lesson 1: Identify storage resources for vCloud Director
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage storage for providers
  • Lesson 3: Examine provider space allocation to an organization
  • Lesson 4: Manage storage requirements for linked clones and shadow virtual machines
  • Lesson 5: Describe the use cases for vSAN, VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™, and legacy storage

Module 7: vCloud Director Organizations

  • Lesson 1: Create and manage organizations
  • Lesson 2: Organization virtual data center allocation models
  • Lesson 3: Recognize resource allocations for an organization
  • Lesson 4: Create and manage catalogs
  • Lesson 5: Manage vApps and vApp templates

Module 8: vCloud Networking with NSX

  • Lesson 1: Describe the basic NSX components in relation to vCloud Director
  • Lesson 2: Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, organization, vApp)
  • Lesson 3: Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices
  • Lesson 4: Examine the function of network pools
  • Lesson 5: Explain how to share content between organizations and vApps
  • Lesson 6: Describe options to connect a private cloud to a public cloud
  • Lesson 7: Review options for external connectivity with VPN

Module 9: Access Security

  • Lesson 1: Describe role-based access
  • Lesson 2: Create custom security roles
  • Lesson 3: Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
  • Lesson 4: Describe single sign-on
  • Lesson 5: Enable a SAML identity provider
  • Lesson 6: Describe two-factor authentication

Module 10: Managing Cloud Resources

  • Lesson 1: Identify how vSphere fulfills vCloud Director requests
  • Lesson 2: Manage provider and organization virtual data centers

Module 11: Managing vSphere Resources

  • Lesson 1: Manage VMware vCenter Server® instances
  • Lesson 2: Manage VMware ESXi™ hosts
  • Lesson 3: Manage vSphere datastores
  • Lesson 4: Manage stranded items
  • Lesson 5: Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level

Module 12: vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

  • Lesson 1: Architecture for VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director®
  • Lesson 2: Prerequisites of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
  • Lesson 3: Implementation of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

Module 13: Customer Onboarding

  • Lesson 1: Tenant layer 2 VPN access
  • Lesson 2: Tenant SSL VPN access
  • Lesson 3: Import existing vCenter Server managed infrastructure into vCloud Director

Module 14: Monitoring vCloud Components

  • Lesson 1: Monitor usage information at provider and organization virtual data centers
  • Lesson 2: Analyze vCloud Director logs to mirror vCloud Director cells
  • Lesson 3: Monitor vCloud Director environments with vRealize Operations Manager and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™
  • Lesson 4: Leverage vRealize Business for cost management

Module 15: vCloud Director Installation

  • Lesson 1: vCloud Director setup overview
  • Lesson 2: vCloud Director hardware and software requirements
  • Lesson 3: vCloud Director supported platforms
  • Lesson 4: Network configuration prerequisites
  • Lesson 5: Install and configure the vCloud Director database
  • Lesson 6: Configure an Oracle database and a Microsoft SQL Server database
  • Lesson 7: Create SSL certificates
  • Lesson 8: Configure VMware NSX® Manager™ for a new vCloud Director installation
  • Lesson 9: Install and configure an AMQP broker
  • Lesson 10: Download and install the VMware public key
  • Lesson 11: vRealize Business integration with vCloud Director

Module 16: vCloud Director Upgrade

  • Lesson 1: vCloud Director upgrade overview
  • Lesson 2: Upgrade prerequisites
  • Lesson 3: NSX requirements
  • Lesson 4: Additional information
  • Lesson 5: Best practice for upgrades

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