VCP6-DCV blueprint section 9 – Objective 9.1: Configure Advanced vSphere HA 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 HA Features. The following are objectives from the blueprint: Configure a network for use with HA heartbeats Apply an admission control policy for HA Enable/disable advanced vSphere HA settings Configure different heartbeat datastores for an HA cluster Apply virtual machine monitoring for a cluster Configure Virtual Machine Component Protection (VMCP) settings Implement vSphere HA on a Virtual SAN cluster Modify vSphere HA advanced cluster settings Configure a network for use with HA heartbeats: You will need to have a cluster to enable HA , in my home lab i setup only two ESXi host in cluster configuration with very basic configuration, On the switch you will need to enable management traffic on the VMkernel…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.2:Customize Host Profile Settings

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for customize host profile settings The following are the blueprint objective: Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi Host Enable or disable Host Profile components Attach and apply a Host Profile to ESXi Hosts in a cluster Perform compliance scanning and remediation of an ESXi Hosts and clusters using Host Profiles Edit answer file to customize ESXi Host settings Modify and apply a storage path selection plugin (PSP) to a device using host profiles Modify and apply switch configurations across multiple hosts using a Host Profile Import/Export a Host Profile Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi Host: To create host profile from the home screen click on host profiles Then click on add (+) and…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.1:Deploy ESXi Hosts Using Autodeploy

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Deploy ESXi Hosts Using Autodeploy before you read this post please make sure you understand section 8.2 which talk about host profiles The following are the blueprint objective: Describe the components and architecture of an Auto Deploy environment Install and configure Auto Deploy Understand PowerCLI cmdlets for Auto Deploy Deploy multiple ESXi Hosts using Auto Deploy Implement Host Profiles with an Auto Deploy of an ESXi Host Use Auto Deploy Image Builder and PowerCLI scripts For auto deploy we will need several components: DHCP server TFTP server Auto Deploy server VMware PowerCLI console. Before we start make sure to download and install VMware PowerCLI .Here is some configuration you need to do before we…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 3

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Before we can continue to actually replicate between two main site i configure a new lab , please see the post name: replication - lab preparation and in this post we will cover the following objectives from the blueprint: Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs Recover a VM using vSphere Replication Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances: So after we learn how to install vRA and configure two Datacenters we now can configure replication between sites. We first need to pair the two vRA's to do that follow the following steps : Make sure that vRA availability status is OK in both datacenters.…
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Replication – Lab Preparation

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For the next objective we will need to setup a lab for Replication since i am using VMware workstation on my desktop and i only have limited resources i needed to find a workaround to make it work (So much fun :-)) So i put my thinking hat on and i came out with the following solution: Create a new lab (at least we getting more hands on) Configure two Datacenters Datacenter one configuration: Name: oceanside_dataceter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name esxi0 with basic installation (no fancy storage or networking connections) vCenter server : Single vCenter appliance running on VMware workstation vRA : single vRA installed on esxi0 host VM's:single linux vm installed on esxi0 host Datacenter two configuration: Name: MSPdatacenter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name MSPesxi0 with basic installation (no fancy…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 2

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In this post we will continue to the replication part of the objective: Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication: before we start the appliance install we need to create vDS with replication traffic and also add the vCenter server managed address(the same IP you use to connect for mgmt) and dont forget DNS and NTP settings. Note that after setting the vCenter server managed address , you will need to restart the vCenter server. After all the perp work is done its time to install the appliance Mount the iso you downloaded from VMware website and deploy the following ovf file.   Start the wizard and and when you get to the CPU you can change…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 1

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Backup and Recover a vSphere Deployment.Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them. The following are the blueprint objective: Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots Differentiate VMware Data Protection capabilities Explain VMware Data Protection sizing guidelines Install and Configure VMware Data Protection Backup/Restore a virtual machine with VMware Data Protection Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs Recover a VM using vSphere Replication Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine   Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 5:Configure Advanced/Multilevel Resource Pools

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources The following are the blueprint objective: Understand/Apply Create/Remove a Resource Pool Configure custom resource pool attributes Add/Remove virtual machines from a Resource Pool Create a resource pool hierarchical structure Determine the effect of the Expandable Reservation parameter on resource allocation Describe vFlash architecture Create/Delete vFlash Resource Pool Assign vFlash resources to VMDKs   Concepts: Reservation,guarantee resource :Specify a guaranteed CPU or memory allocation for this resource pool. Defaults to 0.A nonzero reservation is subtracted from the unreserved resources of the parent (host or resource pool). The resources are considered reserved,regardless of whether virtual machines are associated with the resource pool. Limits, limit resource:Specify the upper limit for this resource pool’s…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.2

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In this post we will continue covering the upgrade a vSphere deployment objective from the blueprint. The following are the blueprint objective: Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server Backup vCenter Server database, configuration and certificate datastore Determine correct order of steps to upgrade a vSphere implementation Given a scenario, determine the upgrade compatibility of an environment Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)   Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server: Depending on your previous version of your vSphere environment  you can decide which upgrade path to use. in vSphere upgrade document you will find all paths to upgrade: for example upgrade from vCenter 5.X with embedded services [caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="977"] Source: VMwar vSphere Upgrade document[/caption]   or if you want to upgrade vCenter 5.X with external services: [caption id="attachment_623" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Source:…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.1 – Part 2

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In this post we will continue covering the upgrade a vSphere deployment objective from the blueprint. In this post we will cover the following: Setup UMDS to setup download repository Import ESXi images Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch Upgrade VMware Tools Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware   Setup UMDS to setup download repository: To install UMDS , you will need the Windows vCenter DVD again (same as VUM)   From VMware Documentation : The default location in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager. To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and all virtual appliance upgrades, run the  following command: vmware-umds -S --enable-host --enable-va To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and disable the download…
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