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VMware vSphere: Advanced Fast Track (VAFT)

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Detailed Course Outline

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Performance in a Virtualized Environment

  • Discuss the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Discuss software and hardware virtualization techniques and their impact on performance
  • Monitor performance using vCenter Server performance charts and the ESX/ESXi resxtop command

CPU Performance

  • Discuss the CPU scheduler and other features that have an impact on CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

Memory Performance

  • Discuss memory reclamation techniques and memory overcommitment
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

Guidelines for DRS and Resource Controls

  • Discuss performance guidelines for DRS clusters, resource pools, and resource allocation settings

Network Performance

  • Discuss the performance features of modern network adapters
  • Monitor key network performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common network performance problems

Storage Performance

  • Discuss how storage protocols, VMware vStorage VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

Virtual Machine Performance

  • Discuss guidelines for configuring a virtual machine for optimal performance

Application Performance

  • Discuss tools and guidelines for application performance

Troubleshooting Modules

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

ESXi Command-Line Troubleshooting Methods

  • Install and use the VMware vSphere Management Assistant
  • Learn common vSphere command-line interface commands and syntax
  • Configure ESXi technical support mode and Secure Shell (SSH) access

ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server Log Files

  • View ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server log files
  • Configure a centralized ESX/ESXi log host

Network Troubleshooting

  • Identify and configure vNetwork components
  • Configure and use a network traffic packet capture utility

Management Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot vSphere management components

Storage Troubleshooting

  • View, configure, and diagnose storage-access problems Configure iSCSI authentication and digests

vMotion Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot vMotion and Storage vMotion errors
  • VMware Infrastructure Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot DRS cluster errors with shares, pools, and limits
  • Troubleshoot VMware HA cluster errors with slot calculations, admission control, and host monitoring
  • Review virtual machine power-on requirements Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures

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