Optimize and Scale [V6.5]

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

This five-day course will teach you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Anyone who is ready to take their understanding of vSphere to a deeper level and learn how to use advanced features and controls will greatly benefit from this course.


This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:

  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] course
  • Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Experience with working at the command prompt is highly recommended

Who Can Benefit

Experienced system administrators, System engineers, System integrators

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives
  • Lesson 3: Identify additional resources for after this course
  • Lesson 4: Identify other VMware Education offerings

Module 2: Network Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Lesson 2: Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

Module 3: Storage Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Lesson 2: Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Lesson 3: Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Lesson 4: Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

Module 4: Host and Management Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Explain the uses of VMware vCenter® Converter™
  • Lesson 2: Define and use content libraries
  • Lesson 3: Describe and use host profiles
  • Lesson 4: Describe and use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

Module 5: CPU Optimization

  • Lesson 1: Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Lesson 2: Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics

Module 6: Memory Optimization

  • Lesson 1: Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Lesson 2: Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics

Module 7: Storage Optimization

  • Lesson 1: Describe factors that affect storage performance
  • Lesson 2: Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics

Module 8: Network Optimization

  • Lesson 1: Explain the performance features of network adapters
  • Lesson 2: Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  • Lesson 3: Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics

Module 9: Analyzing vSphere

  • Lesson 1: Explain how Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability
  • Lesson 2: Use vRealize Log Insight to identify and troubleshoot issues

Module 10: vCenter Server Availability and Performance

  • Lesson 1: Explain the native high availability feature of vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller™
  • Lesson 2: Configure vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller high availability
  • Lesson 3: Understand what factors influence vCenter Server performance

Module 11: vSphere Security

  • Lesson 1: Configure ESXi host access and authorization
  • Lesson 2: Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management
  • Lesson 4: Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and VMware vSphere® vMotion®

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