VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 6.1

blueprint, esxtop, monitoring, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
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

blueprint, Content Library, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
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 5.3

study guide, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we are going to cover "Manage and analyze vSphere log files" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Generate vSphere log bundles Configure logging levels for vSphere Configure and test centralized logging Analyze log entries to obtain configuration information Analyze log entries to identify and resolve issues Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Management workstation (Windows OS)  Documents used: vSphere Host Profiles v6.0 Generate vSphere log bundles: To generate support bundle login in to the vCSA under port 5480 with root user and click on create support bundle Or you can do it from vCenter , from the Home screen >> Administration >> System Configuration >> Objects >> Action Or you can do it via the CLI…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 5.2

Host profile, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we are going to cover Implement and Maintain Host Profiles Here are the objective from the blueprint : Create and apply host profiles Use Profile Editor to edit and / or disable policies Use Host Profiles to deploy vStorage policies Import / Export Host Profiles Manage Answer Files Configure stateful caching and installation for host deployment Use Host Profiles to deploy vDS Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Management workstation (Windows OS)  Documents used: vSphere Host Profiles v6.0 Create and apply host profiles: To create host profile, from the home screen click on host profiles, then click on add (+) and choose the host, Provide a name and click finish After the profile shows in the list you…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 5.1

PowerCLI, Scripts, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
We are now in the fifth section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover how to Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI Here are the objective from the blueprint : Install and configure vSphere PowerCLI Use basic and advanced PowerCLI Cmdlets to manage a vSphere deployment Analyze a sample script, then modify the script to perform a given action Create a report from a PowerCLI script Use PowerCLI to configure and administer Auto Deploy (including Image Builder) Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Management workstation (Windows OS)  Documents used: VMware vSphere PowerCLI User's Guide VMware vSphere PowerCLI Cmdlets Reference   Install and configure vSphere PowerCLI: Before we can install PowerCLI we need to download the latest…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 4.3

DPM, DRS, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In the following post we are going to discuss how to troubleshoot vSphere clusters The following are objectives from the blueprint : Analyze and resolve DRS/HA faults Troubleshoot DRS/HA configuration issues Troubleshoot Virtual SAN/HA interoperability Resolve vMotion and storage vMotion issues Troubleshoot VMware Fault Tolerance Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed esx1 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6.0 Resource Management Guide vSphere 6.0 Troubleshooting Guide (most used) vSphere 6.0 Availability guide Analyze and resolve DRS/HA faults: You can look at the DRS fault and DRS history to collect information when troubleshooting. every vMotion migration will be shown in the history. Also always look at the monitor tab, you get information about issues , trigger events and the DRS/HA health.…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 4.2

blueprint, DPM, DRS, EVC, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
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 4.1

DRS, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vSphere HA
We are now in the forth section of the blueprint , this section is the availability part and in the following posts we are going to discuss how we Implement and Maintain Complex vSphere Availability Solutions We are going to discuss the following objective from the blueprint : Configure a HA cluster to meet resource and availability requirements Configure HA redundancy settings: Management network Datastore heartbeat Network partitions Configure custom isolation response settings Configure VM Component Protection (VMCP) Configure HA related alarms and analyze a HA cluster Configure VMware Fault Tolerance for single and multi-vCPU virtual machines Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed esx1 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6.0 Availability Guide VMware KB 1004700 Configure a HA cluster to meet resource…
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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

blueprint, Networking, NIOC, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
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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