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VMware vSphere 5 - Part 1: Configuring and Managing Virtual Machines

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Just as physical machines require hardware upgrades or changes, a VM might require virtual hardware upgrades or changes to meet changing performance demands. Once a VM has been created, the vSphere Client makes it easy to manage the VM. Virtual floppy images and CD/DVD drives can be mounted or unmounted as necessary. vSphere provides support for initiating an orderly shutdown of the guest OS in a VM, although this requires that VMware Tools be installed. VM snapshots allow you to take a point-in-time picture of a VM so that administrators can roll back changes if needed. vSphere also offers a number of features to make it easy to modify VMs after they have been created. Administrators can hot-add certain types of hardware, like virtual hard disks and network adapters, and some guest OSes also support hot-adding virtual CPUs or memory, although this feature must be enabled first. This course will review the various aspects of your virtual machine hardware configuration and the management of virtual machines. Virtual machine migration, otherwise known as vMotion, will be covered, as well as the different ways you can access your virtual machines and virtual machine snapshots.

Target Audience
Anyone wishing to learn the fundamental features, functions, and capabilities of the VMware vSphere product suite collection of products in order to provide a full array of enterprise virtualization functionality; systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel, and ESXi operators and support personnel. A good understanding of system administration on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Server 2008 operating systems experience would be of benefit. Experience equivalent to or greater than CompTIA Network+ and with Linux Server operating systems is strongly recommended.

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VMware vSphere 5 - Part 1: Configuring and Managing Virtual Machines

  • recognize vSphere hardware compatibility options
  • recognize and fulfill the requirements for virtual machine hardware
  • identify the ways in which you can configure virtual machine properties
  • describe the vSphere resource allocation controls
  • identify the considerations for allocating processors to virtual machines
  • recognize how you can configure virtual memory
  • differentiate between the types of virtual storage options available in vSphere 5
  • identify the ways in which you can configure virtual machine startup and shutdown options
  • recognize how to migrate a virtual machine through vMotion
  • recognize what information is needed to migrate a virtual machine through vMotion
  • migrate virtual machines with a vCenter Server environment in a given scenario
  • recognize key concepts about VM snapshots
  • manage snapshots within a virtualized environment
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