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VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.2]

Learn how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC).

GK# 3243

Course Overview


In this course, you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. You will gain practical experience with Virtual SAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.


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What You'll Learn

  • Virtual SAN architecture 
  • Virtual SAN features and use cases 
  • Configure Virtual SAN networking components 
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster 
  • Deploy virtual machines on a Virtual SAN datastore 
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies 
  • Perform ongoing Virtual SAN management tasks 
  • Outline the tasks for upgrading to Virtual SAN 6.2 
  • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance 
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with VMware ESXi commands and the Ruby vSphere Console 
  • Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios 
  • Virtual SAN interoperability with VMware vSphere and other products 
  • Plan and design a Virtual SAN cluster


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Classroom Live Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Software-defined data center

2. Storage Fundamentals

  • Common storage technologies
  • Characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
  • Various types of storage architectures
  • SAN performance factors

3. Introduction to Virtual SAN

  • Virtual SAN architecture and components
  • Differences between the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
  • Space-efficiency features of Virtual SAN

4. Virtual SAN Configuration

  • Physical network configuration requirements
  • Configure Virtual SAN networking
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Test and validate the Virtual SAN configuration and functionality

5. Virtual SAN Policies and Virtual Machines

  • How storage policies work with Virtual SAN
  • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
  • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
  • The vsanSparse snapshot format
  • Considerations for vsanSparse snapshots

6. Managing and Operating Virtual SAN

  • Manage hardware storage devices
  • Manage hardware device failures
  • Identify vCenter Server alarms for Virtual SAN events
  • Configure fault domains
  • Upgrade to Virtual SAN 6.2

7. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN

  • Use vSphere Web Client to detect issues
  • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Use ESXi commands to monitor the Virtual SAN environment
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console and Virtual SAN Observer

8. Stretched Clusters and Two-Node Clusters

  • Architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
  • Create a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
  • Configure VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler for a stretched cluster
  • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios

9. Interoperability with vSphere Features

  • vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with Virtual SAN
  • How Virtual SAN interoperates with third-party products and solutions

10. Designing a Virtual SAN Deployment

  • Virtual SAN design considerations
  • Plan and design Virtual SAN clusters
  • Design and sizing tools for Virtual SAN
  • Virtual SAN use cases


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Classroom Live Labs

You will spend approximately 50% of class in hands-on labs.



This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:

  • Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices 
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] course

Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

The course material presumes that you can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:

  • Use VMware vSphere Web Client 
  • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines 
  • Create and modify a standard switch 
  • Connect an ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create a VMware vSphere VMFS datastore 
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere vMotion 
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere Storage vMotion

Who Should Attend

  • Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with Virtual SAN
Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

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

Duration: 3 day

Virtual Classroom Live

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

Duration: 3 day

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