VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 6.1

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We are now in the sixth section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure esxtop / resxtop custom profiles Evaluate use cases for and apply esxtop / resxtop Interactive, Batch and Replay modes Use esxtop / resxtop to collect performance data Use vScsiStats to gather storage performance data Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA Installed vMA  Documents used: vSphere Monitoring and Performance Guide Using vscsiStats for Storage Performance Analysis on VMware communities For this task we will need to use vMA , i already created a post about installing vMA in my lab  (see below): http://vpentathlon.com/installing-vsphere-management-assistant-vma6/ also i have additional post…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 5.4

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In this section we are going to cover "Configure and manage Content Library" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Create a Global User Create a Content Library Subscribe to a Content Library Synchronize a subscribed Content Library Configure a Content Library for space efficiency Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA 2x the above config.  Documents used: Using Content Libraries vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Create a Global User: The privileges required to globally manage the content library catalog are out side of the vCenter scope, you can use the pre-configured sample role and assign it to a user Create a Content Library: From Home screen click on Content Libraries and then click on the add icon. Provide a Name and…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 4.2

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In the following post we are going to discuss how we Implement and Manage Complex DRS solutions The following are objectives from the blueprint : Configure DPM, including appropriate DPM threshold Create DRS and DPM alarms Configure / Modify EVC mode on an existing DRS cluster Configure applicable power management settings for ESXi hosts Configure DRS cluster for efficient/optimal load distribution Properly apply virtual machine automation levels based upon application requirements Administer DRS / Storage DRS Create DRS / Storage DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules Configure advanced DRS / Storage DRS settings Configure and Manage vMotion / Storage vMotion Create and manage advanced resource pool configurations   Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed esx1 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6.0…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.4

blueprint, Networking, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS, VSS
In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for troubleshoot a vSphere 6.x network implementation Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Perform a vDS Health Check for teaming, MTU, mismatches, etc. Configure port groups to properly isolate network traffic Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify configuration issues Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify VLAN configurations Use DCUI network tool to correct network connectivity issue Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples Perform a vDS Health Check for teaming, MTU, mismatches, etc: To enable Health check on the vDS , click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.3

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In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for scale a vSphere 6.x network implementation Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Configure appropriate NIC teaming failover type and related physical network settings Determine and apply failover settings according to a deployment plan Configure and manage network I/O control 3 Determine and configure vDS port binding settings according a deployment plan Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide VMware KB 1022312   Configure appropriate NIC teaming failover type and related physical network settings and Determine and apply failover settings according to a deployment plan: Load balancing algos from vSphere networking guide. [caption id="attachment_293" align="alignnone"…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.2 – Part 2

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In this post we will continue to discuss how we Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Network Infrastructure We are going to cover the following objective from the blueprint : Migrate a vSS network to a hybrid or full vDS solution Analyze vDS settings using command line tools Determine which appropriate discovery protocol to use for specific hardware vendors Configure VLANs/PVLANs according to a deployment plan Create / Apply traffic marking and filtering rules Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide   Migrate a vSS network to a hybrid or full vDS solution: Here are the steps and screenshots on how to migrate from vSS to vDS (I will not use screenshots for creation of…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.1

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We are now in the third section of the blueprint , this section is the Networking part and in the following posts we are going to discuss how we Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Network Infrastructure We are going to discuss the following objective from the blueprint : Create and manage vSS components according to a deployment plan: VMkernel ports on standard switches Advanced vSS settings Configure TCP/IP stack on a host Create a custom TCP/IP stack Configure and analyze vSS settings using command line tools Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide Create and manage vSS components according to a deployment plan: To create vSS via the GUI click on the Host >>Manage>>Networking>> Virtual…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 5

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In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Configure Storage Multi-pathing according to a deployment plan Deploy virtual volumes Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA EMC Unity-VSA  appliance (see my previous post: Installing Unity VSA for my lab to support vvol)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Configure Storage Multi-pathing according to a deployment plan: As you remember from the VCP study VMware has three PSP : MRU – Most recently used , When the path becomes unavailable, the host selects an alternative path. The host does not revert back to the original path when that path becomes available again. Default for ACTIVE-PASSIVE storage device. Fixed…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 4

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In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure Configure / View VMFS locking mechanisms ATS-Only mechanism ATS_SCSI mechanism Configure Storage I/O Control to allow I/O prioritization Lab Setup:(not including vSAN) Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN: Please check my previous post on vSAN: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-1/ and http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-2/   Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure: In this objective  we will cover the following topics: Upgrading VMFS datastores Increasing VMFS datastore  capacity Upgrading VMFS…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 1

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We are now in the second section of the blueprint , this section is the storage part (my favorite) and in the following posts we are going to discuss how we deploy and manage a vSphere 6.x storage infrastructure We are going to discuss the following objective from the blueprint : Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping Apply storage presentation characteristics according to a deployment plan: VMFS re-signaturin Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support snapshot/cloning  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping: An RDM is a mapping file in a separate VMFS volume that acts as a proxy for a raw physical storage device. The RDM allows a…
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