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VMware vSphere® 6.5 Foundations

Authors: Josh Coen, David Davis

Ready to dive into the realm of virtualization? Pluralsight's VMware vSphere® 6.5 Foundations path will help you develop the essential skills needed to navigate other VMware... Read more

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This series will introduce you to VMware virtualization and help prepare you for the vSphere 6.5 Foundations exam.

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Introduction

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 41m

41m

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Description

This is the first of eight courses in the vSphere 6 Foundations series. Do you want to learn the leading virtualization solution in the world, used by most enterprises? In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Introduction, you'll first discover what the vSphere 6.5 Foundation exam covers. Next, you'll explore how to build your environment in vSphere 6.5. Finally, you'll learn about VM and network infrastructure. By the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of vSphere 6.5 and be more prepared for the VMware Foundations certification exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction21m
  2. Building Your Environment19m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 3h 13m

3h 13m

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Being able to plan the installation of, download, install, and configure ESXi 6.5, vCenter for Windows, and the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) are some of the most critical skills that any VMware vSphere admin can obtain. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi, you'll first walk through that process, step by step. Next, you'll explore best practices based on years of experience. Finally, you'll gain a solid understanding of ESXi and vCenter architecture, vSphere editions, and all the new vSphere 6.5 features. By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know for installing and configuring vCenter and ESXi for the vSphere Foundations exam

Table of contents
  1. Introduction3m
  2. Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions for a Given Use Case47m
  3. Install and Configure vCenter Server53m
  4. Install and Configure ESXi43m
  5. Install and Configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)44m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 46m

2h 46m

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The vSphere virtual network is the virtual version of the traditional physical network. This course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking, you'll first explore how the vSphere virtual network is the virtual network that connects all virtual machines together. Next, you'll discover how the vSphere virtual network connects those virtual machines to the physical network. Finally, you'll learn how VMware administrators need to know how to add, remove, and configure vSphere virtual switches, port groups, virtual ports, uplinks, policies, and capabilities in order to be able to successfully administer any VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure. By the end of the course you'll know everything you need to know for configuring vSphere networking for the vSphere Foundations exam

Table of contents
  1. Introduction3m
  2. Configure vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)43m
  3. Configure vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS) 1h 13m
  4. Configure vSS and vDS Features Based on Given Requirements46m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 27m

2h 27m

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With storage being a critical foundation for any virtual infrastructure, it's critical that you learn about vSphere storage. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage, you'll explore all you vSphere storage options, how they're different, and how to connect them to vSphere. First, you'll learn about iSCSI shared storage. Next, you'll discover how to identify adapters and devices, and how to create NFS shares. Finally, you'll delve into connecting to an iSCSI share, the vSphere iSCSI initiator configuration, and iSCSI use cases. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of vSphere and how it relates to the critical storage infrastructure.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction3m
  2. Connect Shared Storage Devices to vSphere 52m
  3. Configure Software Defined Storage47m
  4. Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores44m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 56m

2h 56m

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One of the most common tasks that vSphere administrators do on a daily basis is to administer VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs.) In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Administer Virtual Machines and vApps, you'll delve into the fundamentals of vSphere virtual machine administration. First, you'll discover why you need to know how to create VMs and control VMs. Then, you'll learn about cloning VMs. Finally, you'll explore why you should create vApps in order to get your company's applications up and running as quickly as possible. By the end of this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to efficiently administer VMs and vApps to utilize in practice.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction2m
  2. Create and Deploy Virtual Machines1h 3m
  3. Create and Deploy vApps21m
  4. Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates40m
  5. Administer Virtual Machines and vApps47m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Availability and Resource Management

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 3h 56m

3h 56m

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VMware vSphere is all about abstracting away physical constructs and pooling resources. However, you can take pooling too far and run out of capacity. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Availability and Resource Management, you'll discover how to efficiently administer VMware vSphere 6.5 resources and availability by learning some of the advanced features it has to offer. First, you'll delve into resource management and distributed resource scheduler. Then, you'll explore vSphere availability features like vSphere High Availability (HA), Fault Tolerance (FT). Finally, you'll wrap up by learning about Data Protection. By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know for the vSphere Foundations exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction2m
  2. Create and Configure VMware Clusters1h 34m
  3. Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance25m
  4. Create and Administer Resource Pools28m
  5. Migrating Virtual Machines21m
  6. Backup and Restore Virtual Machines32m
  7. Update ESXi and Virtual Machines31m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Troubleshooting

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 1h 54m

1h 54m

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VMware vSphere is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform for the modern datacenter, but it isn't without its complexities and potential trouble. With so many enterprises virtualizing their most critical applications with vSphere, as a vSphere administrator, you must be prepared. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Troubleshooting, you'll learn how to efficiently troubleshoot any potential problems in vSphere when they occur. First, you'll learn how to troubleshoot problems with ESXi and vCenter installation. Next, you'll discover how to use VMware's knowledgeable (KB) system to fix problems with the vSphere environment, like storage and networking. Finally, you'll work with the vSphere Web Client to find misconfigurations and fix issues. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and skill to troubleshoot a variety of problems in vSphere 6.5 with efficiency and confidence.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction2m
  2. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of ESXi and vCenter Installations 25m
  3. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of vSphere Networking47m
  4. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of VM Operations22m
  5. Identify and Troubleshoot Basic Misconfigurations Through the GUI15m

vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 50m

2h 50m

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So many enterprises virtualize their most critical applications with vSphere. VMware vSphere is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform for the modern datacenter, but it still requires a knowledgeable administrator to monitor and configure it in order to prevent and solve problems. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring, you’ll learn how to monitor many aspects of VMware vSphere. First, you’ll explore how to monitor tasks and events, keep track of metrics with performance charts, configure SNMP and STMP, and more. Next, you’ll move onto creating and administering vCenter server alarms. Finally, you’ll learn how to install and configure vRealize Log Insight, and how you can use it to monitor and troubleshoot your vSphere’s infrastructure. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to perform many monitoring functions as an administrator within vSphere.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction2m
  2. Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines 1h 25m
  3. Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms 34m
  4. Configure and Manage vRealize Log Insight 47m

What's New in vSphere 6.5 and 6.7

by Josh Coen

Mar 9, 2017 / 2h 42m

2h 42m

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The pace at which technology is evolving in today's marketplace can be overwhelming. VMware vSphere is no exception to this paradigm. With each new release of vSphere, both major and minor releases, existing features are enhanced, new features are released, and trying to keep up with all of it can be challenging, especially during the major release cycles. In this course, What's New in vSphere 6.5, you'll be introduced and walked through all the major enhancements and features to vSphere. First, you'll learn about the new features in vCenter and VMware HA and DRS, both of which bring major improvements. Next you'll discover what's new and exciting with vSphere Storage, which include enhancements made to vSAN. Finally, you'll learn about what's new with VMware Update Manager and vSphere Security, both bringing long awaited feature requests into fruition. Once you complete the course, you'll be completely up-to-speed on all major features introduced and enhanced in vSphere 6.5.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. What's New in VMware vCenter?35m
  3. What's New with VMware DRS and HA?32m
  4. What's New with vSphere Storage?25m
  5. What's New in vSphere Update Manager?22m
  6. What's New in vSphere Security?10m
  7. What's New in vSphere 6.7?33m

What you will learn

  • Installing and configuring vCenter and ESXi
  • Configuring vSphere networking
  • Configuring vSphere storage
  • Administering virtual machines and vApps
  • Availability and resource management
  • Performing basic troubleshooting
  • Performing basic monitoring

Pre-requisites

No previous experience is needed as this series is introductory.

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