Course 770:
Hardware Virtualization with VMware

(3 days)


Course Description

Cloud Computing is all around us today, and many organizations are not sure how to proceed. Some organizations choose to utilize cloud services from providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, while others choose to build their own Cloud within the organization with tools like VMWare’s vSphere product line or Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

In this hands-on course, you’ll learn the foundations behind Cloud Computing, including an overview of commercial Internet-based clouds, and the construction/operation of an internal cloud using VMWare’s extensive product line. The majority of the lecture and labs will focus on Hardware Virtualization and Virtualization Engineering using VMWare.

Beginning with VMWare Workstation, the essentials of Virtual Machines creation and operation will be examined. VMware vSphere Hypervisor (aka VMWare ESXi Server) will then be examined to host and operate Virtual Machines. Finally, the operation and management of virtual machines and mission-critical operations will be examined using VMWare vSphere Server (aka Virtual Infrastructure). This course can be focused on specific areas, based on your organization’s need.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for and will benefit server/data center administrators, Information Technology staff and managers, server and workstation migration teams, and senior Help Desk staff who need to know how to engineer, build, operate, and manage servers in virtual environments using VMWare. This course is also useful for technical managers who need to understand the benefits of virtualization and see it in action.

Suggested Prerequisites

  • Server system installation and administration experience
  • A basic understanding of TCP/IP

Course Outline

Virtual Infrastructures with VMWare

  • Cloud Computing—What Is It?
  • Overview of Commercial Cloud Computing
  • Internal Cloud/Virtualization Options
  • HyperVisor-Based Solutions
  • VMWare History and Versions
  • Functions of a Virtual Machine
  • Running a Virtual Machine
  • Alternatives to VMWare

VMware Workstation

  • VMware Workstation Overview
  • How VMWare Workstation Interacts with the Operating System
  • Installation of VMware Workstation
  • Running a Virtual Machine
  • Enhancing VMware Performance with VMWare Tools and Optimized Drivers
  • Using and Managing Snapshots
  • Adding Hardware Resources to a Virtual Machine
  • Accessing CD-ROMs and ISO Images within a Virtual Machine
  • Limitations of VMware Workstation

Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

  • Configuring a Virtual Machine using a Template
  • Virtual Machine Networking
  • Installation of an Operating System into a Virtual Machine
  • Running Multiple Virtual Machines
  • Allocation of Resources to a Virtual Machine
  • Monitoring Virtual Machine Workload

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (aka VMware ESXi)

  • Installation of VMware vSphere Hypervisor Server and Console
  • Using the Server Console (Local)
  • VMware vSphere Client
  • Installation and Operation of Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Machines—One Host at a Time

Virtual MachinesBehind the Scenes

  • How Virtual Machines Interact with the Host Operating System
  • Managing Virtual Machine Permissions
  • Communication between the Host and the Virtual Machine
  • Understanding VM Networking: Bridged, NAT, and Custom Networks
  • Virtual Machine Disk Defragmentation
  • Virtual Disk Configuration: Type and Operating Mode
  • Duplication of Virtual Machines
  • Directly Editing the .vmx file
  • Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown Management
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Machine Startup

VMWare vSphere Server

  • Managing Virtual Machines—One Cloud at a Time
  • Fundamentals of VMWare vSphere Server
  • Installation of VMWare vSphere Server
  • Connecting to a Virtual Machine Running vSphere HyperVisor
  • Dedicating Resources to Specific Virtual Machines
  • Migration of Production Server into Virtual Environment
  • Examining High-Availability Features of a Multi-Server Virtualization Environment

Virtual MachinesBest Practices

  • Designing a Virtual Environment
  • Selecting a Platform and Hardware
  • Designing Storage for Virtual Environments
  • Virtual Networking Considerations
  • Securing the Virtual Environment
  • Distributed Virtual Machine Environments
  • Upgrading Virtual Machines for New Versions

Moving Production Systems to Virtual Environments

  • Reproducing Production Systems in a Virtual Environment
  • Migrating Production Systems into a Virtual Environment
  • Testing the Virtual Environment
  • Real-Time Replication of Virtual Environments

Please Contact Your ROI Representative to Discuss Course Tailoring!