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VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track (VSDDFT)

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: Assessment

  • Define customer business objectives
  • Gather and analyze business and application requirements
  • Document design requirements, constraints, assumptions and risks
  • Use a systematic method to evaluate and document design decisions
  • Create a conceptual design

Module 2: Core Management Infrastructure

  • Determine the number of vCenter Server instances to include in a design
  • Choose appropriate platforms for vCenter Server components and databases
  • Design a vCenter Server deployment topology that is appropriate for the size and requirements of the data center
  • Deploy core management components for the given vSphere design

Module 3: Virtual Data Center Infrastructure

  • Calculate total capacity requirements for a design
  • Create a virtual data center cluster design that meets business and workload requirements
  • Evaluate the use of various management services, such as VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™, in the virtual data center design
  • Deploy virtual data center components for the given vSphere design

Module 4: Compute Infrastructure

  • Create a compute infrastructure design that includes the appropriate ESXi boot, installation, and configuration options
  • Choose the ESXi host hardware for the compute infrastructure
  • Deploy and configure ESXi hosts for the given vSphere design
  • Perform a scripted installation of an ESXi host

Module 5: Storage Infrastructure

  • Calculate storage capacity requirements for a design
  • Create a storage infrastructure design that includes the appropriate storage platform and storage management solutions
  • Deploy components of the storage architecture for the given vSphere design

Module 6: Network Infrastructure

  • Create a network component design that includes virtual switch specifications, port group configuration settings, and physical network attributes
  • Evaluate network management and monitoring design options
  • Deploy components of the network architecture for the given vSphere design

Module 7: Virtual Machine Infrastructure

  • Create a virtual machine design that considers application requirements and maximizes performance
  • Deploy virtual machines for the given vSphere design

Module 8: Infrastructure Security

  • Evaluate security options for ESXi hosts, vCenter Server, storage, networking, and virtual machines
  • Create a security design based on VMware best practices
  • Deploy security components for the given vSphere design

Module 9: Infrastructure Management

  • Evaluate management tools and solutions
  • Create a design that includes the management of ESXi hosts, templates, virtual machine snapshots, and events
  • Create a design for the VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ architecture
  • Deploy management components for the given vSphere design

Module 10: Infrastructure Recoverability

  • Evaluate ways to provide recoverability in a vSphere environment
  • Create a design that includes the recoverability of ESXi hosts, vCenter Server, networks, and virtual machines
  • Deploy components that enable the recoverability of the vSphere environment in the given vSphere design