Production Operations [V6.7]

Session Detail:    Classroom, Virtual 3 Day

In this two-day course, you focus on building skills in configuring and performing common administrator and end-user tasks with VMware vSAN™ 6.7. You gain practical experience with vSAN production operations through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.


This course has the following prerequisites: • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] course • Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [v6.x] course or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable. The course presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling:

  • Use VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server® objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Create and modify a standard switch
  • Connect a VMware ESXi™ host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
  • Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • If you cannot complete all of these tasks, VMware recommends that you complete the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] and VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.x] courses before enrolling in VMware vSAN: Production Operations.

Who Can Benefit

  • Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of vSAN v6.x

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

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

Module 2: vSAN Host and Hardware Operations

  • Lesson 1: Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
  • Lesson 2: Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning
  • Lesson 3: Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
  • Lesson 4: Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
  • Lesson 5: Recognize the benefits of using VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
  • Lesson 6: Compare the benefits of NIC teaming and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
  • Lesson 7: Plan appropriately for networking configuration changes
  • Lesson 8: Identify ESXCLI commands and namespace options
  • Lesson 9: Recognize how to use ESXCLI commands for troubleshooting vSAN software and hardware issues
  • Lesson 10: Use Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) to get detailed information about the vSAN environment

Module 3: vSAN Data Availability Operations

  • Lesson 1: Describe vSAN storage policies
  • Lesson 2: Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change
  • Lesson 3: Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option
  • Lesson 4: Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster
  • Lesson 5: Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures
  • Lesson 6: Recognize the importance of backing up data in vSAN
  • Lesson 7: Describe the VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Data Protection framework
  • Lesson 8: Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster

Module 4: vSAN Cluster Maintenance

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Location and Context-Aware Service on Cisco MSE
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco CMX

Module 5: Configure Advanced Capabililties in Outdoor and High-Density Designs

  • Lesson 1: Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
  • Lesson 2: Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options
  • Lesson 3: Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode
  • Lesson 4: Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode
  • Lesson 5: Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters
  • Lesson 6: Migrate vSAN to a new vCenter Server instance
  • Lesson 7: Use best practices for boot devices
  • Lesson 8: Upgrade and update vSAN
  • Lesson 9: Replace vSAN hardware by using scale-in and scale-out strategies

Module 6: vSAN Security Operations

  • Lesson 1: Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption
  • Lesson 2: Recognize how to perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
  • Lesson 3: Identify steps in adding an existing encrypted vSAN cluster to a new vCenter Server instance

Module 7: vSAN Monitoring and Performance

  • Lesson 1: Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve products and services
  • Lesson 2: Identify the vSAN tools and health checks available for monitoring vSAN health
  • Lesson 3: Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Client
  • Lesson 4: Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues
  • Lesson 5: Describe the vSAN tools and services that monitor vSAN performance
  • Lesson 6: Use performance views to access metrics for monitoring vSAN clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Lesson 7: Explain how the writing of data generates I/O traffic and affects vSAN performance
  • Lesson 8: Use performance metrics to analyze the vSAN environment

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Production Operations [V6.7]

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Classroom, Virtual


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