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VMware vSphere 5 - Part 2: Logging and Performance


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Overview/Description
vCenter Server provides some useful new features for monitoring your VMs and hosts. Expanded performance views and charts, and increased numbers and types of alarms available by default make it much easier to manage and monitor VMware vSphere performance and ensures that the administrator is not caught unaware of performance issues or lack of capacity. The monitoring of VMware vSphere should be a combination of proactive benchmarking and reactive alarm-based actions and vCenter Server provides both methods to help the administrator keep tabs on each of the VMs and hosts as well as the hierarchical objects in the inventory. vMA (vSphere Management Assistant) is a VM, built upon a Linux distribution, that comes prepackaged with several software solutions such as the vSphere CLI and the vSphere SDK for Perl. When using the vMA, an administrator can run scripts or other software which interacts with ESXi hosts and the vCenter Server. This course describes the vCenter Server tools such as performance charts, monitoring, alarms, vMA, and resxtop that are used to monitor, manage, and mitigate the various objects within the vSphere environment. This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.

Target Audience
Systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel working in virtualized server environments who have completed Datacenter Virtualization with vSphere 5: Part 1. Candidates who are seeking to learn about advanced features and configuration options available in the vSphere Enterprise product. This includes, configuring High Availability, Distributed Resource Scheduling, upgrading to vSphere 5 and auto deployment. A solid technical foundation in virtualization using vSphere coupled with strong network and administration skills are required as a prerequisite for this path.

Expected Duration (hours)
3.0

Lesson Objectives

VMware vSphere 5 - Part 2: Logging and Performance

  • describe the characteristics of statistics intervals
  • match the metric level to its function
  • identify what needs to be considered when creating a performance chart
  • describe how performance charts can be customized
  • describe the considerations involved in monitoring specific host activities and performance
  • monitor and view host performance in a given scenario
  • describe how alarms can be configured in vCenter Server
  • recognize how to manage alarms in vCenter Server
  • describe how health statistics for a host are obtained
  • identify vMA installation requirements
  • describe the vMA installation process
  • describe vMA configuration
  • add target servers to a vMA
  • describe the resxtop utility
  • install and configure vMA and use the resxtop utility in a given scenario
  • Course Number:
    vi_vmpc_a05_it_enus