00:00:00 - The year was, I think, somewhere
around 2002, maybe 2003.
00:00:05 - And I had just
recently joined a team
00:00:07 - who had been tasked with
designing and building
00:00:10 - a ground station for the next
generation weather satellite
00:00:13 - prediction system.
00:00:15 - That was a big task.
00:00:16 - Not only were we responsible for
a very large IT infrastructure,
00:00:20 - we were responsible
for doing things
00:00:22 - that no one had
ever done before.
00:00:24 - Figuring out how to
launch a satellite
00:00:26 - and then connect that
satellite to a ground station
00:00:29 - for the purposes of
transferring weather data,
00:00:31 - really all around the planet.
00:00:33 - That job put a real face on
building complex systems.
00:00:36 - Being responsible for a single
exchange server is one thing.
00:00:39 - But trying to build and manage
and run dozens, hundreds
00:00:43 - of servers, each
aligned with the other
00:00:45 - to perform an
independent task involved
00:00:48 - with getting data
from that satellite
00:00:50 - down to the rest of the world.
00:00:52 - This was a big job.
00:00:53 - And it was a big job
involving a lot of people
00:00:56 - and a lot of parts.
00:00:57 - It was sometime in
those days, where
00:00:59 - we were approached by small
upstart company called VMware.
00:01:03 - This company appreciated the
significant task we had at hand
00:01:06 - and brought to us a new
tool that we hadn't really
00:01:10 - heard of before.
00:01:12 - We'd heard rumors of this
thing called virtualization,
00:01:14 - and we'd played with a bit.
00:01:16 - The main frame people
had been telling us
00:01:18 - that virtualization and cloud
computing had been around
00:01:21 - since the '60s.
00:01:23 - This tool was called
VMware ESX server.
00:01:26 - And it promised to
00:01:28 - about bringing many systems
online, repeatedly rebuilding
00:01:33 - systems, dealing with all the
necessary connections required
00:01:37 - to keep those systems in check.
00:01:39 - In retrospective,
we probably should
00:01:41 - have let that person
finish their presentation,
00:01:43 - because we didn't end
up using ESX server.
00:01:47 - And although we didn't, I
think we found much later that
00:01:50 - had we, our project might have
gone quite a bit differently.
00:01:55 - It was that
introduction to ESX back
00:01:57 - in that 2002, 2003
time frame that
00:01:59 - was my entree into
00:02:02 - And although we didn't
use it necessarily
00:02:04 - in production for certain
aspects of our program,
00:02:07 - we did manage to find a
place for it in others.
00:02:10 - ESX had been around
for a long time
00:02:12 - and in that-- oh
gosh-- 10 years or more
00:02:16 - since that period
of time, we've seen
00:02:19 - that small upstart
company, VMware, get bought
00:02:21 - by EMC, release
product after product,
00:02:25 - and now today, it's
recognized as one
00:02:27 - of the leaders in
00:02:30 - as well as those that extend
virtualization into the cloud.
00:02:34 - Today with vSphere
infrastructure in place,
00:02:37 - there's not much
you really can't
00:02:38 - do as it relates to your data
center and your IT operations.
00:02:42 - Perhaps the hardest
part is just simply
00:02:45 - figuring out how to implement
it, how to manage it,
00:02:49 - and how best to design your
vSphere infrastructure so
00:02:52 - that you can accomplish
those miraculous things.
00:02:55 - My name is Greg Shields,
and I've had an opportunity
00:02:58 - to work for CBT Nuggest for a
really long period of time now.
00:03:01 - I think going on
nine years or more.
00:03:04 - And in this, my 20-something
series, for CBT Nuggets,
00:03:09 - we're going to
spend a lot of time
00:03:11 - taking a look at VMware's
flagship, vSphere operating
00:03:14 - system.
00:03:15 - We'll explore the
best practices you
00:03:17 - need to implement it correctly.
00:03:19 - And we'll talk a lot about
some of the design decisions
00:03:21 - that you'll make
before you ever end up
00:03:23 - putting DVDs into drives.
00:03:26 - We'll explore the automations
that vSphere offers
00:03:29 - and really take a look at
how virtual machines can
00:03:32 - be made very highly available,
via the application of all
00:03:36 - kinds of different technologies
and feature sets that are now
00:03:39 - part of this mature
vSphere operating system.
00:03:42 - Like I've said, I've
had a lot of time
00:03:45 - to play with vSphere
between then and now.
00:03:48 - And this really is, honestly,
one of the great solutions,
00:03:52 - one of the great game
00:03:54 - that we in this generation
of the IT industry
00:03:57 - have had the
opportunity to bring
00:03:59 - to bear to solve a
lot of the data center
00:04:02 - issues that we've
had in our time.
00:04:05 - In starting my career,
we were at that phrase
00:04:08 - where many of our data centers
were at 103% 105% capacity.
00:04:13 - The never-ending process
of purchasing new servers
00:04:17 - was really beginning
to get expensive.
00:04:19 - And having to
augment data centers
00:04:21 - and expand them and
create new ones to support
00:04:24 - a new server for each
new thing was just
00:04:27 - becoming unwieldy
and extremely costly.
00:04:30 - Technologies like vSphere
00:04:32 - itself have really again
changed the ball game
00:04:35 - as it relates to data center.
00:04:37 - But implementing them
correctly is a task
00:04:39 - that you need to know if
you're going to actually save
00:04:42 - money in the transition.
00:04:44 - Here in this series, we're going
to spend some time developing
00:04:47 - skills in installing,
configuring, and administering
00:04:51 - a VMware vSphere environment.
00:04:53 - We'll spend some time
preparing for the VCP550 and/or
00:04:57 - the VCAD510 exam.
00:05:00 - And I'll talk more
in just a second
00:05:01 - about the differences
between these two exams.
00:05:04 - All along the way, I
hope to spend some time
00:05:06 - sharing with you some of
my own personal experiences
00:05:09 - and some of the
best practices I've
00:05:10 - learned over the last decade
in implementing vSphere
00:05:12 - in environments from
very small to very large.
00:05:16 - Now if you're experienced
with the CBT Nuggets
00:05:18 - way of learning technologies,
you're probably familiar
00:05:20 - with the idea that we
create series here.
00:05:23 - These series are each
00:05:26 - to knowledge transfer
some kind of technology
00:05:29 - from what we know to
hopefully what you know.
00:05:32 - That's exactly what you
can anticipate seeing here.
00:05:34 - But this series is it going
to be a little different.
00:05:37 - Because while this series
will be based fundamentally
00:05:40 - on the version 5.5
release of vSphere,
00:05:43 - this series has also been
crafted very specifically
00:05:46 - to make it easy for
you to transition
00:05:48 - what you know in version
5.5 to the next version
00:05:52 - and perhaps even the
next version after that.
00:05:55 - VMware will be releasing
new versions of vSphere
00:05:57 - on an every-year or so basis.
00:05:59 - And so it's important
to stay up-to-date
00:06:01 - with the new features
and new functionalities
00:06:03 - that you see with
these updated versions.
00:06:05 - And it is my hope that in
crafting this series very
00:06:08 - carefully, everything
you learn here
00:06:10 - will directly translate
with a little help
00:06:13 - from all the things
that are fun and new.
00:06:15 - In this introductory
00:06:17 - going to spend some time looking
at VMware certification itself.
00:06:20 - Now you may be here because
you're interested in vSphere
00:06:23 - and learning about
it as a technology.
00:06:25 - But it's likely
you're probably also
00:06:26 - here because you at least have
a passing curiosity in vSphere
00:06:30 - and VMware certification.
00:06:32 - Being certified in VMware
is great for your future job
00:06:35 - potential.
00:06:35 - You're seeing VMware in
data centers everywhere.
00:06:38 - And so taking what we
need to know in order
00:06:41 - to be successful
00:06:43 - and also applying a little
00:06:47 - on it, is the goal
of this series.
00:06:50 - I'm not here to teach you the
answers to the test questions,
00:06:52 - I'm here to help you
become a better IT
00:06:54 - professional and a better
00:06:56 - And if you happen into
well aligning the things
00:06:59 - you learn with some of the
test objectives, that's
00:07:02 - just an extra bonus.
00:07:04 - We're going to spend
some time talking
00:07:05 - about the intended audience
or whether or not you
00:07:09 - are prepared, or indeed the
person that the VCA and the VCP
00:07:12 - are intended to test against.
00:07:14 - I got a couple of
the exam notes that I
00:07:16 - think you should be aware of.
00:07:18 - I will explore with
you the series outline
00:07:20 - that I've put together,
25 individual Nuggets,
00:07:24 - plus a couple more bonus Nuggets
at the end that will help you
00:07:28 - with all the technologies that
we see here in this version.
00:07:31 - The intent also is to
expand on that knowledge
00:07:34 - when the next
version is released.
00:07:36 - So keep coming back from
time to time, particularly
00:07:38 - as you see new
versions of vSphere,
00:07:40 - because here at CBT Nugget,
it's in our best interest
00:07:43 - to keep you up-to-date on
all the new technologies.
00:07:46 - We'll take a look at
the exam objectives
00:07:48 - and then a couple
of the learning
00:07:49 - materials that you should
at least be prepared for.
00:07:52 - And I will help you
with the beginning parts
00:07:55 - of creating your
own network if you
00:07:57 - plan on following along at home.
00:07:59 - We learn by doing, and so
in every case, everything
00:08:04 - that I'm going to
be showing you here,
00:08:06 - is something that
you can actually
00:08:07 - accomplish with the tools that
you have available to you.
00:08:10 - And if a powerful enough
desktop with the ability
00:08:13 - to create some
virtual machines, then
00:08:16 - I think you'll be able to
follow along and see most
00:08:18 - of the really
00:08:19 - that we'll be talking about
throughout the next 25 or 28
00:08:22 - Nuggets or however many Nuggets
we have once this series
00:08:25 - is complete.
00:08:27 - I want to talk for a minute
about to VMware's certification
00:08:29 - and just the variety
of, well, you
00:08:31 - can see all the different
acronyms that I've listed here.
00:08:34 - I've split these up
here into those related
00:08:36 - to vSphere version 5, those
for vSphere version 4,
00:08:40 - and then those for the
00:08:43 - The knowledge you'll be
learning in this series
00:08:45 - is most specifically
related to those
00:08:47 - we see here in vSphere 5,
the VCA-DCV and the VCP5-DCV.
00:08:54 - These are the VMware
00:08:57 - and the VMware
00:09:00 - in data center virtualization.
00:09:03 - I introduce these
first because they
00:09:04 - are kind of the first and
second tests or certifications
00:09:09 - that you would get if
you intend on going
00:09:11 - through the entire certification
path here with VMware.
00:09:14 - The VCA is an introductory
sort of certification designed
00:09:17 - if you're familiar with
00:09:21 - and proves that you're aware
of the technologies, how they
00:09:23 - interrelate, and some of the
basic introductory concepts
00:09:27 - surrounding Enterprise
00:09:29 - The VCP5 goes much more in depth
with the actual technologies
00:09:33 - that you need to implement
and very specifically talks
00:09:36 - to the implementation of
data center virtualization.
00:09:40 - Once you take the
VCA and/or VCP5,
00:09:43 - then the next step is either
the VCAP, the advanced test,
00:09:46 - the V center Advanced
Professional in either data
00:09:50 - center administration
or data center design.
00:09:54 - Now these are very
00:09:55 - for two very different
types of people.
00:09:57 - The data center
00:09:59 - is perhaps the most direct
second step from the VCP5-DCV.
00:10:05 - So if you think of
yourself as more of a hands
00:10:07 - on, actually going and
doing configurations type
00:10:10 - of administrator, perhaps the
DCA is your next best bet.
00:10:15 - If, however, design
activities and boxes on paper,
00:10:18 - and making sure that everything
interconnects from a high level
00:10:21 - perspective, and keeping
all the teams appropriately
00:10:24 - interconnected and integrated
is your cup of tea,
00:10:27 - the VCAP5-DCD, the
design exam, is one
00:10:31 - that you probably want
to take a look at.
00:10:33 - The capstone exam here,
or certification here,
00:10:36 - is the VCDX5-DCV.
00:10:40 - VCDX stands for the VMware
Certified Design Expert
00:10:42 - in Data Center Virtualization.
00:10:45 - This is the VMware equivalent
to Cisco's CCIE exam.
00:10:49 - There aren't many people
that are VCDX certified.
00:10:52 - And this is a tough exam
that requires deep knowledge
00:10:56 - and strong experience in VMware
technologies and components.
00:11:00 - The VCDX can even
include a practicum
00:11:03 - where you actually show that you
know what you're talking about.
00:11:06 - And so the VCDX is not
for the faint of heart.
00:11:09 - But it does provide that
top level certification,
00:11:11 - if you want to prove
yourself as being
00:11:13 - one of the most skilled
and experienced individuals
00:11:17 - as it relates to
00:11:19 - You can see here with
the VCP4, if you're
00:11:22 - running on vSphere version
4, these certifications
00:11:25 - map fairly closely to what
you see here in vSphere 5.
00:11:28 - And so, I put these
here mainly to show
00:11:31 - that there has been a forward
progression of certifications
00:11:34 - from version to version.
00:11:37 - VMware these days is
focusing their attentions
00:11:39 - not only on data
00:11:41 - but also on cloud technologies.
00:11:43 - And so a new series of
certifications the VCA and VCP
00:11:47 - cloud certs, that focus on
VMware's vCloud technologies
00:11:51 - and platforms, are
00:11:54 - With that, you can go
from the VCA to the VCP,
00:11:58 - then to either of the VCAPs,
the VMware Certified Advance
00:12:02 - Professional in data center
and cloud infrastructure design
00:12:05 - or cloud infrastructure
00:12:08 - and then cap things
off with a VCDX cloud .
00:12:11 - VMware's vCloud
00:12:12 - by no means intended
to be the next step
00:12:14 - past the vSphere
certifications, they just
00:12:17 - test a different
set of technologies.
00:12:19 - And so you may find yourself
moving in one direction
00:12:21 - or also moving in another.
00:12:23 - Now having looked at these
certifications and all the kind
00:12:25 - of crazy acronyms that
I've got listed here,
00:12:27 - you might be thinking,
am I right person
00:12:29 - to actually take
this example, am I
00:12:31 - the intended audience for
either the VCP or the VCA.
00:12:36 - Well, candidates
for the VCP exam,
00:12:38 - the more
00:12:41 - have approximately six
months of experience working
00:12:44 - with the vSphere implementation.
00:12:45 - These are your typical
00:12:48 - They are people that install
and configure ESXi hosts.
00:12:51 - They're used to using vCenter
server to monitor, manage,
00:12:54 - troubleshoot, and
administer virtual machines.
00:12:57 - So if this describes you,
you might be the right person
00:13:00 - to consider taking that VCP.
00:13:02 - Also, a VCP is someone
who most likely will
00:13:06 - have additional industry
related general IT
00:13:09 - certifications or an equivalent
two- to five-year experience.
00:13:13 - So if you've got some Microsoft
certs or even some Cisco certs
00:13:17 - or other ones that are out
there that relate to data center
00:13:20 - administration, these are
a great starting point
00:13:22 - for helping you know
00:13:24 - or proving that you know
the technologies, that
00:13:26 - get you started
00:13:29 - Now the VCA, as I
said, is not directly
00:13:32 - a-- think of if more as
an introductory exam,
00:13:36 - or a certification
00:13:37 - for people that aren't
exactly clicking the buttons
00:13:40 - but that are working
with those they are.
00:13:43 - Candidates for VCA are
familiar with VMware products
00:13:45 - and technologies and very
specifically the business
00:13:48 - needs that can be met
by those technologies.
00:13:51 - You may have a number
of different job roles
00:13:52 - that interact with Data Center
00:13:56 - so you may be
managing those people.
00:13:57 - You may be helping
00:13:59 - You may be designing products.
00:14:01 - You may be just involved
with the process in some way.
00:14:05 - Successful candidates will have
worked with VMware vSphere,
00:14:07 - should be knowledgeable
of the other VMware
00:14:09 - solutions, where vSphere
serves as a foundation.
00:14:12 - You'll find that your data
center will become ever more
00:14:15 - reliant on vSphere as
you end up incorporating
00:14:19 - these technologies with other
technologies layered on top.
00:14:22 - And a VCA candidate should have
related industry recognized
00:14:26 - general IT certs or equivalent
experience of one to two years.
00:14:30 - So the VCA, great
00:14:32 - also great if you
don't intend on getting
00:14:34 - as deep as the individuals
that would take the VCP
00:14:37 - intend on getting with
00:14:39 - Now again while this
series is not directly
00:14:42 - about exam preparation,
we are going
00:14:45 - to spend some time talking
about how these different things
00:14:49 - you need to know interrelate
with the types of objectives
00:14:53 - that the exams test against.
00:14:55 - So being aware of just
some of the exam notes
00:14:57 - or some of the thoughts
associated with those exams
00:15:00 - can be handy as well.
00:15:02 - If you plan on taking the VCA--
I'll start with second bullet
00:15:04 - here-- the VCA is 50
questions, it's 75 minutes.
00:15:08 - You have a couple
more minutes there
00:15:10 - if you're a non-English speaker.
00:15:12 - Whereas the VCP5 is 135
questions and 120 minutes.
00:15:16 - That's like 52
seconds per question.
00:15:19 - So you'll find that
these questions are
00:15:21 - going to be relatively--
you can presume
00:15:24 - that these questions
will be relatively
00:15:26 - simplistic, because you're going
to have to read and respond
00:15:29 - to the questions
within about 52 seconds
00:15:31 - or so based off of
these metrics here.
00:15:34 - VMware kind of cheats almost
with their passing scores,
00:15:38 - because the passing
score for either exam
00:15:39 - is considered to be 300
on a 100 to 500 scale,
00:15:44 - and using a scaled
00:15:47 - Doing so has a couple
of different purposes.
00:15:50 - One of which is that by using
a scaled scoring method,
00:15:53 - they can give you just less
information about exactly how
00:15:58 - much you need to
prepare for these exams.
00:16:00 - This may be uniquely different
than some of the other examples
00:16:03 - where you know by percentage
exactly how much effort you
00:16:06 - might spend with each topic.
00:16:08 - VMware is not giving
away anything here.
00:16:10 - And so these scaled
scores will be calculated
00:16:12 - using a mathematical
formula that considers
00:16:15 - a variety of factors, including
the number and type of exam
00:16:18 - questions and the specific
version of the exam you get.
00:16:21 - Because of this,
the exam actually
00:16:24 - may differ-- you will probably
be getting a different version
00:16:27 - of the exam than somebody else.
00:16:29 - And because of that
the, scaling provides
00:16:31 - what they call a fair
score for the individual.
00:16:34 - In English, what this
means is that the questions
00:16:37 - have a weighting.
00:16:39 - And so the questions
that you receive,
00:16:41 - if you receive easier
questions, that weighting
00:16:44 - will be different based on
someone who receives what
00:16:46 - are considered to be
more difficult questions.
00:16:49 - The exam is administered
to Pearson VUE.
00:16:51 - And you can go to this
URL here, vue.com/VMware,
00:16:55 - to actually register
for the exam.
00:16:57 - And there is one
very special note
00:16:59 - here that you
really can't ignore
00:17:01 - if you're considering
taking this certification.
00:17:04 - VMware, for whatever
reason you might assume,
00:17:07 - requires that in order for
you to achieve the VCP5-DCV
00:17:12 - certification, you
have to sit for one
00:17:15 - of their formal classes.
00:17:18 - These five are the
options that are
00:17:20 - available in this
version, Install Configure
00:17:23 - Manage, the Fast Track, Optimize
and Scale, the Troubleshooting
00:17:26 - Workshop, or the vSphere
with vCOPs Fast Track.
00:17:31 - Call it what you
will, whether it's
00:17:33 - important for the
sanctity of the exam
00:17:35 - or just a play
for extra dollars,
00:17:37 - VMware has always required
that you set for these classes.
00:17:42 - Even if you take
and pass the exam,
00:17:45 - you will not be
certified unless you
00:17:47 - can show that you have sit
for one of these classes.
00:17:50 - So be prepared for that.
00:17:52 - It is for that
reason why, again,
00:17:53 - that we spend more time
here in this series,
00:17:55 - focusing on the technologies
and the application of them
00:17:58 - in the best practices,
and all things you
00:18:00 - need to know rather
than a direct exam prep.
00:18:03 - Because maybe those
00:18:05 - find in the classes themselves.
00:18:07 - So use this as a regular
refresher for those things
00:18:10 - that you might learn
in the classes.
00:18:12 - Or use it as a way to augment
what you might learn should you
00:18:14 - choose some of the alternative
classes, like the Optimize
00:18:17 - and Scale, or the
00:18:20 - This special note can come
to really aggravate you,
00:18:23 - especially when
you consider some
00:18:24 - of the costs for the classes.
00:18:26 - So again, don't assume
that you can take the test
00:18:28 - and automatically be certified.
00:18:30 - There are going to be
some costs involved
00:18:32 - if you want to get that VCP.
00:18:34 - You should recognize also
that the VCA requires
00:18:37 - no such classes, only the VCP.
00:18:40 - Here in this series,
00:18:42 - from many of the
00:18:45 - that VMware releases publicly as
part of their exam preparation
00:18:49 - guide.
00:18:50 - In many cases, I've reordered
items or moved objectives
00:18:53 - from one domain to the other to
create an entire series that's
00:18:57 - designed to introduce each
technology as you would
00:19:01 - probably begin considering
it during the regular
00:19:04 - implementation of a
00:19:06 - We start with vCenter Server.
00:19:08 - We go through ESXi
00:19:10 - We go through some of
the network topics here
00:19:12 - and the storage topics
and the security topics,
00:19:15 - before we ever get to
creating and deploying
00:19:17 - virtual machines or vApps.
00:19:20 - It's only then that
we start talking
00:19:21 - about the management
of virtual machines
00:19:23 - and the administration of
them, Clones and Templates.
00:19:26 - And then we move on
to VMware Clusters.
00:19:29 - The clustering topic is
set so late in the series
00:19:32 - only because there are so many
additional things you have
00:19:35 - to lay into place
before you ever
00:19:37 - get to the notion of
creating a VMware cluster.
00:19:40 - It's here with that we
can talk about the vMotion
00:19:43 - topic, Migrating
Virtual Machines and all
00:19:44 - the awesomeness that you
get with vMotion and storage
00:19:47 - vMotions.
00:19:48 - We talk a bit about some of
the basic troubleshooting items
00:19:51 - for clusters and
vMotion as well.
00:19:52 - Then we move on to resources.
00:19:54 - And then an extended view
at all of the different high
00:19:57 - availability options that exist
here in vSphere version 5.5.
00:20:03 - We continue through
the variety of options
00:20:05 - from the least invasive
and least expensive,
00:20:08 - from a resource and
00:20:10 - all the way through the most
invasive and most costly.
00:20:13 - So these are things like
Resource Pools, Fault
00:20:15 - Tolerance, Backing Up Virtual
Machines, Migrating Virtual
00:20:19 - Machines, and all the
different topics in between.
00:20:22 - You'll learn about HA DRS.
00:20:23 - You'll learn about FT.
00:20:25 - You'll learn about vSphere
backups and all the things that
00:20:28 - are required to make sure that
your data center is always
00:20:30 - operational.
00:20:31 - We'll then move into a couple
of topics on just maintenance,
00:20:34 - patching and updating,
and performing upgrades
00:20:36 - of your servers, your hypervisor
infrastructure and your vServer
00:20:40 - infrastructure, and
conclude with a look
00:20:42 - at some of the monitoring
and performance and capacity
00:20:44 - management tools that exist
here in the interface.
00:20:47 - There are a lot of ways that
you can manage performance
00:20:50 - in vSphere.
00:20:51 - Some of them are easy.
00:20:52 - Some of them are hard.
00:20:53 - The ones that are easy are
usually a little bit more
00:20:56 - expensive than the
ones that are hard.
00:20:58 - But we'll talk about all
of them here in this series
00:21:01 - I do want to spend a minute and
not necessarily review the exam
00:21:04 - objectives, because
00:21:06 - and these individual Nugget
titles are pretty much aligned.
00:21:10 - But what I want to do is take
a minute to just point you
00:21:12 - in the direction of perhaps the
most important document you can
00:21:15 - take a look at in, not
only studying for the exam,
00:21:19 - but also in preparing
yourself for the types
00:21:21 - of things you can anticipate
seeing here in this series.
00:21:25 - VMware releases
to the public what
00:21:26 - is called their blueprint
or their exam blueprint.
00:21:30 - And in this case,
this exam blueprint
00:21:32 - is a 25-page document for the
VCP5-DCP exam, specifically
00:21:37 - the code VCP550.
00:21:39 - This document was released
not that long ago,
00:21:42 - depending on when you're
watching this series.
00:21:44 - But it's a relatively
00:21:45 - of it here released
in January of 2014.
00:21:48 - I tell you that this is an
excellent document for you
00:21:50 - to review and perhaps
arguably one of the best ones
00:21:52 - to start with, because it
is this blueprint where
00:21:55 - you will find all
the content that
00:21:57 - relates to the individual exam
objectives and the knowledge
00:22:01 - that you need to be prepared
for to meet each objective.
00:22:04 - For each of those
00:22:06 - also references to the
00:22:10 - and other locations where you
can find further information
00:22:12 - in them, the graphic gory
details about everything
00:22:16 - that we're talking
about in this series
00:22:17 - and that you need to
prepare for, for that exam.
00:22:20 - I also want to point this
out, because this series
00:22:22 - is by no means intended to
be comprehensive for all
00:22:25 - the different things and
possible questions you
00:22:27 - can get asked on this exam.
00:22:28 - By no means do I
want to say that you
00:22:30 - can watch all the
videos of this series
00:22:33 - and then immediately be prepared
to take in pass that exam.
00:22:35 - That's not the job of this.
00:22:37 - Here our job is to help you
understand the technologies
00:22:40 - to get familiar with them
and to have the opportunity
00:22:43 - to see these technologies being
laid into place without you
00:22:46 - having to go through the effort
yourself in implementing them.
00:22:50 - Sometimes, buildings the
demos for these series
00:22:53 - takes a really
long period of time
00:22:55 - before the camera
ever gets turned on.
00:22:57 - And so being able to
very quickly understand
00:22:59 - what we're talking about
and seeing it in action
00:23:01 - is the reason why we've
created these series.
00:23:04 - Now that said, being able to
accomplish this on your own
00:23:08 - is an important part of
the learning process.
00:23:10 - And so everything,
as I said that we're
00:23:12 - going to be accomplishing
here, is something
00:23:14 - that you can with the right
hardware and software licenses
00:23:18 - be able to do on
your own at home.
00:23:20 - We will be using a technique
called nested virtualization
00:23:23 - to create this
00:23:26 - Your workstation,
your desktop, if you
00:23:29 - intend on following
along at home
00:23:31 - should be installed a copy of
VMware Workstation, whatever
00:23:34 - the latest version is.
00:23:36 - Inside that copy of
00:23:38 - you'll find that
we'll be creating
00:23:39 - a variety of virtual
machines, potentially a domain
00:23:42 - controller, if there's
not one already
00:23:43 - on your network,
a vCenter server.
00:23:46 - And at least for me, I'll be
creating three different ESXi
00:23:49 - hosts, one, two, and three.
00:23:52 - These hypervisor hosts provide
the basis for everything
00:23:54 - that we'll be accomplishing
inside the interface.
00:23:57 - They'll work with the
vCenter server here,
00:23:59 - and the vCenter server will
handle the management tasks
00:24:03 - for telling them to
00:24:05 - Then inside these hosts,
a second level deeper,
00:24:09 - will be the virtual machines
and virtual appliances
00:24:12 - that we'll create and install.
00:24:14 - We'll be working with a
pair of virtual machines
00:24:16 - that are Windows Server
2012, although you'll
00:24:18 - find we won't be spending much
time in the Windows Server 2012
00:24:21 - interface much at all.
00:24:23 - We will also, at various
points during the series,
00:24:25 - be working with a
series of appliances
00:24:27 - that are delivered
by VMware, itself.
00:24:29 - These are things like the
vCenter Server Appliance,
00:24:32 - VMware Data Protection, VMware
Replication, and vCenter
00:24:36 - Operations, or what is
lovingly termed vCOPs.
00:24:39 - These, you'll be able to
download from VMware's website
00:24:41 - generally.
00:24:42 - There tends to be an
00:24:46 - where you can get
enough licenses to be
00:24:48 - able to run these things for
a short period of time just
00:24:50 - to see how they work.
00:24:52 - One important
00:24:54 - when you create the
one or more desktops
00:24:57 - that you'll use to host
00:25:00 - consider implementing
SSD disks, as the disks
00:25:04 - where all of these
things are stored onto.
00:25:07 - Any time you're involved
with nested virtualization,
00:25:09 - or virtual machines
inside virtual machines,
00:25:12 - the deeper level
00:25:15 - kind of like that movie,
Inception-- the deeper level
00:25:18 - virtual machines tend
to perform poorly
00:25:21 - if they don't have a
large amount of resources
00:25:24 - that are very fast.
00:25:25 - And SSD disks on
those desktops tend
00:25:28 - to provide some of
the best performance
00:25:30 - boosts of really
any kind of hardware
00:25:32 - that you can apply to your
00:25:34 - Now the environment
that I'm using here
00:25:36 - actually has two of these
desktops that I've implemented.
00:25:39 - Each desktop has a
half a terabyte SSD
00:25:44 - and 32 gigs of RAM.
00:25:46 - This RAM is necessary
because of all the
00:25:48 - simultaneously running virtual
machines that we'll have.
00:25:51 - I don't think I use the whole
64 gigs throughout the period.
00:25:55 - But I'm definitely using at
least about 32 gigs, at least
00:25:58 - as we get towards the later
periods of this series.
00:26:01 - So get yourself
some good hardware.
00:26:03 - Because following along
with the good hardware,
00:26:06 - well definitely mean you're
not pulling your hair out
00:26:08 - as things start to
slow down with more
00:26:10 - virtual machines
00:26:12 - So with that, I'm
00:26:14 - to spending the next
00:26:16 - or however many Nuggets,
together with you,
00:26:19 - learning about vSphere, sharing
some of our experiences,
00:26:22 - laughing a little,
loving a little,
00:26:24 - spending the time to come
to understand everything
00:26:27 - we need to know to be
a successful virtual
00:26:29 - administrator in
a vSphere world.
00:26:31 - Most importantly, we're
going to have a lot of fun.
00:26:34 - My name is Greg
Shields, and I hope
00:26:36 - this has been
informative for you.
00:26:37 - And I'd like to thank
you for viewing.