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3 Days Course
Data Center Virtualization

Classroom + Online

Course Details

Overview

In this three-day course, you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. You will gain practical experience with Virtual SAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.

 

Product Alignment
•  ESXi 6.0 update 2
•  vCenter Server 6.0 update 2
•  Virtual SAN 6.2

 

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link: VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.2] – On Demand.

Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
• Describe the Virtual SAN architecture
• Identify Virtual SAN features and use cases
• Configure Virtual SAN networking components
• Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
• Deploy virtual machines on a Virtual SAN datastore
• Configure virtual machine storage policies
• Perform ongoing Virtual SAN management tasks
• Outline the tasks for upgrading to Virtual SAN 6.2
• Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
• Monitor Virtual SAN with VMware ESXi™ commands and the Ruby vSphere Console
• Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios
• Describe Virtual SAN interoperability with VMware vSphere® and other products
• Plan and design a Virtual SAN cluster

Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Describe the software-defined data center
  2. Storage Fundamentals
    • Define common storage technologies
    • Identify characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
    • Identify and explain various types of storage architectures
    • Identify SAN performance factors
  3. Introduction to Virtual SAN
    • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture and components
    • Describe the differences between the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
    • Describe the space-efficiency features of Virtual SAN
  4. Virtual SAN Configuration
    • Identify physical network configuration requirements
    • Configure Virtual SAN networking
    • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
    • Test and validate the Virtual SAN configuration and functionality
  5. Virtual SAN Policies and Virtual Machines
    • Explain how storage policies work with Virtual SAN
    • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
    • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
    • Discuss the vsanSparse snapshot format
    • Explain the considerations for vsanSparse snapshots
  6. Managing and Operating Virtual SAN
    • Manage hardware storage devices
    • Manage hardware device failures
    • Identify vCenter Server alarms for Virtual SAN events
    • Configure fault domains
    • Upgrade to Virtual SAN 6.2
  7. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN
    • Use vSphere Web Client to detect issues
    • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
    • Use ESXi commands to monitor the Virtual SAN environment
    • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console and Virtual SAN Observer
  8. Stretched Clusters and Two-Node Clusters
    • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
    • Create a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
    • Configure VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ for a stretched cluster
    • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios
  9. Interoperability with vSphere Features
    • Identify vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with Virtual SAN
    • Describe how Virtual SAN interoperates with third-party products and solutions
  10. Designing a Virtual SAN Deployment
    • Understand Virtual SAN design considerations
    • Plan and design Virtual SAN clusters
    • Identify the design and sizing tools for Virtual SAN
    • Describe Virtual SAN use cases

Target Audience

Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with Virtual SAN

Prerequisites

This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:
• Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices
• Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] course

 

 

Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

 

 

The course material presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:
• 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 an 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] course before enrolling in VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage.