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VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5]

National Business Training - Computer Training

Course Summary

In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 into their existing vSphere environment.

Course Schedule

    • This course is not currently scheduled. Call 919-595-8200 or email for dates or private training.
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Course Outline

    1. Course Introduction
      • Introductions and course logistics
      • Course objectives
    2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5
      • Discuss vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
      • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance
    3. Installation and Upgrade
      • Describe new vCenter Server architecture features
      • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
      • Describe the enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
      • Describe the vCenter Server Appliance deployment
      • Describe the hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
      • Identify the information that is needed before you begin the installation
      • Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
      • Describe how to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
      • Describe how to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
      • List the benefits of using the content library
      • Create a basic content library
      • Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances
    4. Compute Enhancements
      • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
      • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
      • Describe new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
      • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
      • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
      • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
      • Discuss how virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
      • Describe how using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
      • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5
    5. Storage Enhancements
      • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
      • Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
      • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
      • Discuss the benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
      • Identify the differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
      • Describe the implications of using NFS v4.1
      • Describe the advantages of the new VMware Virsto™ on-disk file system
      • Describe the advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
      • Describe the advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
      • Describe the benefits of applying different default policies to different VMware Virtual SAN™ datastores
      • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
      • Describe per virtual machine, policy-based policy management
      • Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
    6. Network Enhancements
      • Work with Network I/O Control
      • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
      • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
      • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
      • Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5
    7. Management Enhancement
      • List the core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
      • List the VMware certificate management components
      • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
      • List the certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
      • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
      • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
      • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options
      • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
      • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication
    8. Availability Enhancements
      • Describe the new TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
      • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
      • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
      • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
      • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
      • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
      • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
      • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
      • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA
    9. Security Enhancements
      • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
      • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
      • Evaluate virtual machine encryption
      • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
      • Use encrypted core dumps

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 6.5
•  Use the user interface of the new VMware vSphere® Client™, the new VMware Host Client™, and the
appliance shell of VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
•  Add users to the lockdown exception users list and test the lockdown mode
•  Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools™
•  Upgrade virtual machines to the current hardware
•  Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and
scripts across vCenter Server instances
•  Enable the VMware vSphere® Authentication Proxy service to automatically add new hosts to the Active
Directory domain
•  Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of
the underlying storage hardware
•  Create storage policies and use these policies with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
•  Work with VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control to create and configure a distributed switch
•  Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances
•  Activate the high availability feature of vCenter Server Appliance
•  Back up vCenter Server Appliance by using a file-based backup solution from the vCenter Server
Appliance Management Interface
•  Set up your environment to encrypt and decrypt virtual machines
•  Set up your environment to use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate encrypted virtual machines
•  Migrate from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
•  Configure vCenter Server and associated services to use VMware Platform Services Controller™ high

This course prepares you for the following certification exam:
•  VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization 6.5 Delta Exam


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