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VMware vSphere 5 - Datacenter Design VMs, Management, and Implementation

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After the vSphere network and storage designs have been completed the appropriate amount of compute resources for our physical design can be determined. Determining compute resources involves reviewing CPU resources, examining server density, consolidation options and sizing resource pools. Once the compute resources for our physical design are determined the virtual machines can be configured for the vSphere physical design. This course reviews considerations such as using a raw disk map or a VMDK for a virtual machine, virtual machine sizing, determining share reservations and limits for those virtual machines and the available virtual hardware deployment options for the virtual machines. Virtual apps, Fault Tolerance or third-party clustering solutions, and antivirus solutions for our virtual machines are also covered. The last step in creating an effective physical vSphere design is determining the datacenter management options for our physical vSphere design. This course identifies use cases for asset and configuration management, deployment options, release management technologies, and logging, monitoring, and reporting technologies. Once an effective physical vSphere design is completed and the conceptual, logical, and the physical phases have all been detailed; the last and final phase is the implementation planning. This includes creating and executing a validation plan, creating an implementation plan as well as an installation guide. This course completes by reviewing how to create and execute a validation plan for a design draft including identifying the standard functional test areas for design, operational testing and design verification, choosing the appropriate test areas, identifying, tracking and comparing results, and then applying the validation plan metrics.

Target Audience
Systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel working in virtualized server environments. Candidates who are seeking to learn about design and integration options available in the vSphere Enterprise product. This includes, deploying and configuring Virtual Center Server Appliances, upgrading vSphere components, creating a Conceptual, Logical, and Physical vSphere Designs, as well as implementation planning. A solid technical foundation in virtualization using vSphere coupled with strong network and administration skills are required as a prerequisite for this path.

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VMware vSphere 5 - Datacenter Design VMs, Management, and Implementation

  • describe factors to consider when determining consolidation ratios
  • describe functional needs that determine the number of nodes required in a cluster
  • identify considerations for ensuring your computing design meets customer needs
  • distinguish the pros and cons of different types of raw disk mappings
  • recognize design considerations when sizing virtual machines
  • identify initial deployment options for virtual machines within a vSphere physical design
  • identify guidelines for evaluating antivirus solutions in the context of vSphere design
  • identify different ways to access vSphere 5
  • describe what issues must be decided when analyzing cluster availability requirements for HA and Fault Tolerance
  • describe cluster performance considerations for DRS
  • identify logging, monitoring, and reporting technologies built into vSphere 5
  • distinguish deployment options for components of the vSphere
  • recognize the process for creating and executing a validation plan
  • recognize the process for creating an implementation plan
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