VMware vSphere 5.5 VCA-DCV VCP5-DCV

by Greg Shields

Total Videos : 28 Course Duration: 15:38:07
1. Introduction to VMware vSphere and VMware Certification (00:26:38)
2. Identifying vSphere Architecture and Solutions (00:13:43)
3. Installing and Configuring vCenter Server (00:55:05)
4. Installing and Configuring VMware ESXi (00:43:42)
5. Configuring vSphere Standard Switches (00:28:15)
6. Configuring vSphere Distributed Switches (00:29:52)
7. Configuring vSS and vDS Policies (00:25:04)
8. Configuring Shared Storage for vSphere (00:53:03)
9. Creating and Configuring VMFS and NFS Datastores (00:37:28)
10. Securing vCenter Server and ESXi (00:19:40)
11. Creating and Deploying Virtual Machines (01:01:59)
12. Creating and Deploying vApps (00:27:59)
13. Managing Virtual Machine Clones and Templates (00:28:26)
14. Administering Virtual Machines and vApps (00:42:55)
15. Creating and Configuring VMware Clusters (01:00:57)
16. Migrating Virtual Machines (00:28:51)
17. Performing Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and vMotion/Storage vMotion (00:46:40)
18. Creating and Administering Resource Pools (00:34:41)
19. Planning and Implementing VMware Fault Tolerance (00:26:28)
20. Backing up and Restoring Virtual Machines (00:53:53)
21. Patching and Updating ESXi and Virtual Machines (00:49:36)
22. Planning and Performing Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi (00:17:41)
23. Monitoring ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines (00:30:40)
24. Creating and Administering vCenter Server Alarms (00:11:25)
25. Installing, Configuring, and Administering vCenter Operations Manager (00:23:05)
26. Bonus Nugget: Working with VSAN (00:10:09)
27. Bonus Nugget: Implementing the vCenter Server Appliance (00:18:22)
28. Bonus Nugget: Configuring Auto Deploy with the VCSA (00:31:50)
This course will be retired on September 30, 2014. For our most recent VMware course, check out Keith's VMware vSphere 5.5 VCP5-DCV course here.

This VMware vSphere video training course with Greg Shields covers the latest version of VMware’s flagship virtualization platform. It discusses the core topics in managing, troubleshooting, and deploying a production-ready virtual datacenter atop VMware vSphere v5.5. It further reviews the concepts that prepare a candidate for passing the VCP550 and VCAD510 exams to obtain the VMware Certified Professional and VMware Certified Associate certifications.

Related area of expertise:
  • Virtualization

Recommended skills:
  • Familiarity with basic virtualization concepts
  • Familiarity with VMware Workstation
  • Familiarity with basic installation of Windows Server 2012

Recommended equipment:
  • One or more desktop or laptop computers with a combined 16 GB of RAM
  • One or more copies of VMware Workstation (latest version)
  • SSD hard disks recommended

Related certifications:
  • VCP5-DCV

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals
  • Server administrators
  • Virtual administrators
  • Storage administrators
  • Network administrators

Two exams in one course! CBT Nuggets instructor Greg Shields gives his VMware vSphere training a complete refresh for vSphere 5.5. In this course, you'll get the topics you need for success in deploying and managing a vSphere 5.5 infrastructure. You'll also prepare yourself for both the VCA-DCV and VCP5-DCV certification exams as you explore the design, implementation, protection, and maintenance of a vSphere virtual environment.

Introduction to VMware vSphere and VMware Certification

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 revolutionize everything
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 virtualization.
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 virtualization products,
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 changing solutions,
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 and virtualization
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 instructor's mechanism
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 Nugget, we're
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 with virtualization,
00:06:43 - and also applying a little certification-oriented spin
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 virtual administrator.
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 interesting technologies
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 vCloud certification.
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 Certified Associate
00:08:57 - and the VMware Certified Professional
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 VMware technologies
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 Virtualization.
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 different exams
00:09:55 - for two very different types of people.
00:09:57 - The data center administration exam
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 VMware technologies.
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 center virtualization
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 also available.
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 administration,
00:12:08 - and then cap things off with a VCDX cloud .
00:12:11 - VMware's vCloud certifications are
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 technology-oriented exam,
00:12:41 - have approximately six months of experience working
00:12:44 - with the vSphere implementation.
00:12:45 - These are your typical infrastructure personnel.
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 the technologies,
00:13:24 - or proving that you know the technologies, that
00:13:26 - get you started with virtualization.
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 that's designed
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 Virtualization technology,
00:13:56 - so you may be managing those people.
00:13:57 - You may be helping sell products.
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 starting point,
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 their technologies.
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 scoring method.
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 things, you'll
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 Troubleshooting workshop.
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, I've borrowed
00:18:42 - from many of the objective domains
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 vSphere environment.
00:19:06 - We start with vCenter Server.
00:19:08 - We go through ESXi installations.
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 cost perspective,
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 those objectives
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 new version
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 pieces, there's
00:22:06 - also references to the VMware documentation
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 entire environment.
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 VMware workstation,
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 accomplish things.
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 evaluation program,
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 recommendation here,
00:24:54 - when you create the one or more desktops
00:24:57 - that you'll use to host VMware Workstation,
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 virtual machines--
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 workstation environment.
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 operating simultaneously.
00:26:12 - So with that, I'm looking forward
00:26:14 - to spending the next 20-something Nuggets,
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.

Identifying vSphere Architecture and Solutions

Installing and Configuring vCenter Server

Installing and Configuring VMware ESXi

Configuring vSphere Standard Switches

Configuring vSphere Distributed Switches

Configuring vSS and vDS Policies

Configuring Shared Storage for vSphere

Creating and Configuring VMFS and NFS Datastores

Securing vCenter Server and ESXi

Creating and Deploying Virtual Machines

Creating and Deploying vApps

Managing Virtual Machine Clones and Templates

Administering Virtual Machines and vApps

Creating and Configuring VMware Clusters

Migrating Virtual Machines

Performing Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and vMotion/Storage vMotion

Creating and Administering Resource Pools

Planning and Implementing VMware Fault Tolerance

Backing up and Restoring Virtual Machines

Patching and Updating ESXi and Virtual Machines

Planning and Performing Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi

Monitoring ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines

Creating and Administering vCenter Server Alarms

Installing, Configuring, and Administering vCenter Operations Manager

Bonus Nugget: Working with VSAN

Bonus Nugget: Implementing the vCenter Server Appliance

Bonus Nugget: Configuring Auto Deploy with the VCSA

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Greg Shields

Greg Shields

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Microsoft MVP; VMware vExpert; Citrix CTP

Area Of Expertise:
Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, System Center, Hyper-V, virtualization and cloud, Microsoft Exchange, PowerShell, VBScript, Windows deployment. Columnist and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of industry white papers.

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