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VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.5]

Explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server 6.5 and VMware ESX™ 6.5.

GK# 5657

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In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 into their existing vSphere environment.

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What You'll Learn

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  • key enhancements in vSphere 6.5
  • Use the user interface of the new VMware vSphere Client, the new VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of VMware vCenter® Server Appliance
  • Add users to the lockdown exception users list and test the lockdown mode
  • Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools
  • Upgrade virtual machines to the current hardware
  • Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts across vCenter Server instances
  • Enable the VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy service to automatically add new hosts to the Active Directory domain
  • Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of the underlying storage hardware
  • Create storage policies and use these policies with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
  • Work with VMware vSphere Network I/O Control to create and configure a distributed switch
  • Use VMware vSphere vMotion to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances
  • Activate the high availability feature of vCenter Server Appliance
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance by using a file-based backup solution from the vCenter Server
  • Appliance Management Interface
  • Set up your environment to encrypt and decrypt virtual machines
  • Set up your environment to use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate encrypted virtual machines
  • Migrate from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configure vCenter Server and associated services to use VMware Platform Services Controller high availability

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1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5

  • vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
  • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance

3. Installation and Upgrade

  • New vCenter Server architecture features
  • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
  • Enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Center Server Appliance deployment
  • Hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
  • Information that is needed before you begin the installation
  • Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
  • How to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
  • How to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
  • Benefits of using the content library
  • Create a basic content library
  • Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances

4. Compute Enhancements

  • Enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
  • Additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
  • New capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
  • Improvements to lockdown settings
  • Addition of smart-card authentication
  • Changes that enhance user accountability
  • How virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
  • How using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
  • How hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5


5. Storage Enhancements

  • Benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
  • Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
  • Benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
  • Benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
  • Differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
  • Implications of using NFS v4.1
  • Advantages of the new VMware Virsto on-disk file system
  • Advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
  • Advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
  • Benefits of applying different default policies to different VMware Virtual SAN™ datastores
  • Benefits of using virtual volumes
  • Virtual machine, policy-based policy management
  • How VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™

6. Network Enhancements

  • Work with Network I/O Control
  • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
  • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
  • IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5

7. Management Enhancement

  • Core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
  • VMware certificate management components
  • Certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
  • Certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
  • Primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
  • Primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
  • VMware CA certificate replacement options
  • ESXi certificate replacement options
  • Certificate-based guest authentication

8. Availability Enhancements

  • New TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
    Changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
  • Requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
  • How VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
  • How vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
  • Mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
  • Improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
  • Increased scalability of vSphere HA
  • Additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA

9. Security Enhancements

  • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
  • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
  • virtual machine encryption
  • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
  • Use encrypted core dumps

Prerequisites

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System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Who Should Attend

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System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures

Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 3 day

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 3 day

Self-Paced

On-demand content enables you to train on your own schedule.



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