My VCP journey and whats next?

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I finally got my VCP certification!  It's time to look back to see what I did and plan ahead for the next certification, which will be the VCAP - Deploy exam. The road for VCP: Since I let my VCP 5 expire, I had to start all over again. I had a lot to learn, so I started with the VCA-DCV exam which was fairly easy (see my post about the VCA-DCV exam on this site). Then I took the challenge to blog about the VCP6 blueprint. This was very helpful for me in understanding the objectives and I hope it will help others as well. Since it's mandatory to take one course to get certified, I took the VMware Optimize and Scale class which enriched my knowledge of the…
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VMware Optimized and Scale [6.0] review

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Last week I was fortunate enough (thanks to my manager) to participate in the VMware Optimized and Scale Version 6 class. Our instructor for this class was Mark Jones, and I can say only good things about him. Mark is very knowledgable and his knowledge goes very far and deep. The class was 4 intensive, VERY long, days. Normally the class runs for 5 days but since we had the President's Day holiday last week, we had to make up the time and we did. The Class was great and I learned a lot.  I also think that every VCP and VCAP candidate should take this class. In the class you get to see the official VMware training which is different from books and videos. I thought I did enough by following the…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.4: Troubleshoot and Monitor vSphere Performance

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In this post i will continue to cover the troubleshooting objective and now its time for troubleshoot and Monitor vSphere Performance The following are the objective from the blueprint: Monitor CPU and memory usage Identify and isolate CPU and memory contention issues Describe and differentiate common metrics, including: Memory CPU Network Storage Monitor performance through esxtop Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts Troubleshoot Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) issues   Monitor CPU and memory usage  You can monitor the performance for the Datacenter/Cluster or individual ESXi hosts.   Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts: you can also look at the Advanced chart and configure what will you like to monitor , this really helps when you try to isolate an issue. Monitor performance through esxtop: Run the command esxtop on…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.3:Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades

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In this post i will continue to cover the troubleshooting objective and now its time for troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades The following are the objective from the blueprint: Collect upgrade diagnostic information Recognize common upgrade issues with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance Create/Locate/Analyze VMware log bundles Determine alternative methods to upgrade ESXi Hosts in event of failure Configure vCenter Server logging options Collect upgrade diagnostic information: Upgrade logs: C:\ProgramData\VMware\CIS\logs\ %TEMP%\vminst.log %TEMP%\pkgmgr.log %TEMP%\pkgmgr-comp.msi.log %TEMP%\vim-vcsmsi.log   Recognize common upgrade issues with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance We can take a look at release notes for known installation issues  : http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u1-release-notes.html Create/Locate/Analyze VMware log bundles: To create support bundle login in to the vCSA under port 5480 with root user and click on create support bundle Or you can do it via the CLI run…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.2: Troubleshoot vSphere Storage and Network Issues

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In this post i will continue to cover the troubleshooting objective and now its time for Storage and networking. The following are the objective from the blueprint: Verify network and storage configuration Recognize a connectivity issue caused by a VLAN/PVLAN Identify and isolate network and storage resource contention and latency issues Verify a given virtual machine is configured with the correct network resources Monitor/Troubleshoot Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS) issues Recognize the impact of network and storage I/O control configurations Troubleshoot common issues with: Storage and network Virtual switch and port group configuration Physical network adapter configuration VMFS metadata consistency   Verify network and storage configuration: We already discuss how to configure Network and Storage in vSphere environment . please look on networking and and storage objectives. Recognize a connectivity…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.1: Troubleshoot vCenter Server, ESXi Hosts, and Virtual Machines

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In this post i will cover the last subject in before I take the course and then the two VCP 6 exams. The following are the objective from the blueprint: Monitor status of the vCenter Server service Perform basic maintenance of a vCenter Server database Monitor status of ESXi management agents Determine ESXi Host stability issues and gather diagnostics information Monitor ESXi system health Locate and analyze vCenter Server and ESXi logs Troubleshoot common issues, including: vCenter Server service SSO vCenter Server connectivity Virtual machine resource contention, configuration and operation Platform Services Controller (PSC) Problems with installation VMware Tools installation Fault Tolerant network latency   Monitor status of the vCenter Server service: To look or to modify vCenter services  from the home page click on system configuration under nodes ,…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.3: Configure and Maintain a vCloud Air Connection

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As i mention in the previous update post , i will not be able to blog about vCloud Air since i dont have the subscription for it (i wish VMware had some demo account that we can use for study) In this post i will only provide a links to VMware website - they did a great work capturing all the screenshots and the needed information for us.(including videos) So here we go: Create a VPN connection between vCloud Air and an on-premise site - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Deploy a virtual machine using vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/deploying-a-virtual-machine-from-scratch Migrate a virtual machine to vCloud Air - https://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/2013/08/how-to-migrate-vsphere-machines-to-vcloud-hybrid-service.html Verify VPN connection configuration to vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Configure vCenter Server connection to vCloud Air - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026866 Configure replicated objects in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/disaster-recovery-configuring-virtual-machine-replication Thanks for reading…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.2- Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library The following are objectives from the blueprint: Add/remove Content Libraries Configure Content Library authentication Configure Content Library to work across sites Compare the functionality of Automatic sync and On-Demand sync Determine which privileges are required to globally manage a content catalog Set/configure Content Library roles Add/remove Content Libraries / Configure Content Library authentication: From Home screen click on Content Libraries and then click on the add icon. Provide a Name and description and choose the vCenter server for local content library make sure to check the "local" radio button , also if you like to enable authentication you will Have to enable "publish content library externally" check box. Check…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.1- Configure Advanced vSphere Virtual Machine Settings

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere Virtual Machine Settings The following are objectives from the blueprint: Differentiate virtual machine configuration settings Enable/disable advanced virtual machine settings Interpret virtual machine configuration files (.vmx) settings Configure virtual machines for multicore vCPUs Determine how using a shared USB device impacts the environment Configure virtual machines for vGPUs, DirectPath I/O and SR-IOV Differentiate virtual machine configuration settings: Since we already discuss most of the settings of a VM while we were covering the blueprint i am not going to expend on the setting .To access the VM setting right click on the VM and edit the setting . In the edit settings screen you can configure the VM hardware  for that specific…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 9 – Objective 9.2: Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features. The following are objectives from the blueprint: Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements Explain how DRS affinity rules effect virtual machine placement Add/remove virtual machine DRS Group Add/remove Host DRS Group Configure VM-Host affinity/anti-affinity rules Configure VM-VM affinity/anti-affinity rules Enable/disable Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) affinity rules Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements: Before we configure DRS we will need to enable it first in our cluster , i am using the same cluster configuration from the previous post on vSphere HA To enable DRS from Cluster>>Manage>>Setting>>vShere DRS>> Edit >> click on…
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