VMware vSphere 5 – Part 1: Storage Configuration and Management

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After a shared storage platform is selected, vSphere needs a storage network configured. Design choices for shared resources such as networking and storage can sometimes make the difference between virtualization success and failure. This is especially true for storage because of its critical role. The network, whether Fibre Channel or Ethernet based, must be designed to meet availability and throughput requirements; vSphere 5 offers numerous storage choices and configuration options relative to previous versions of vSphere or to non-virtualized environments. This course will concentrate on the configuration of supported shared storage solutions and technologies. It will cover the management aspects of datastores, storage profiles, performance and space considerations, as well as the various storage views available. Snapshot management and some additional considerations for future storage are also covered.

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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: Storage Configuration and Management

  • add an iSCSI storage adaptor to a host in vSphere
  • describe key aspects of configuring an iSCSI adapter
  • describe how to add storage an ESXi host
  • identify key aspects of configuring volume properties for a datastore
  • identify the information needed to add an NFS datastore to an ESXi host
  • identify the steps to create a storage DRS cluster
  • recognize how datastore clusters can be configured
  • identify common datastore file management tasks
  • Not Applicable
  • identify the key characteristics of VM storage profiles
  • identify key aspects of using VM storage profiles
  • identify the considerations for snapshot management
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