VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.3

backup and restore, OVA, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this section we are going to cover "Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Backup and restore distributed switch configurations Backup and restore resource pool configurations Export Virtual Machines to OVA/OVF format Use a Host profile to recover an ESXi host configuration Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Networking vSphere Resource Management Guide vSphere Virtual Machine Administration vSphere Host Profiles Backup and restore distributed switch configurations: The following are the steps to backup and restore vDS: Export the vDS configuration Choose Distributed switch and all port groups Click yes and provide a location for the zip file. To restore the configuration i used a different vCenter. Right click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.2

VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDP
In this section we are going to cover "Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Create, edit and clone a vSphere Data Protection backup job Modify a pre-configured backup job. Backup and restore a Virtual Machine (file level restore, full VM backup) Configure a Backup Verification job to ensure integrity of restore points Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA Installed vDP  Documents used: Sphere Data Protection Administration Guide   For installing and configuring vDP please look at the following post: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-1/ Create, edit and clone a vSphere Data Protection backup job: After the appliance installation you must connect to the appliance , click on the vSphere Data protection>> Backup >> backup job action…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.1

Replication, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
We are now in the seventh section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Deploy and manage vSphere Replication" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure: Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic Enable data compression of vSphere Replication traffic Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines Analyze and resolve vSphere Replication issues: Storage configuration Multiple point in time snapshots Enabling vSphere Replication on VMs Lab Setup: 2 Datacenter See post: http://vpentathlon.com/replication-lab-preparation/  Documents used: VMware vSphere Replication Administration   Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure and Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines: Installation: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-2/ Configuration and management: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-3/   Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic: You isolate the network traffic to the vSphere Replication Server by dedicating a VMKernel NIC…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 6.2

Advanced VM Settings, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In the following post we are going to discuss "Optimize Virtual Machine resources" The following are objectives from the blueprint : Adjust Virtual Machine properties according to a deployment plan: Network configurations CPU configurations Storage configurations Configure Flash Read Cache reservations Modify Transparent Page Sharing and large memory page settings Optimize a Virtual Machine for latency sensitive workloads Troubleshoot Virtual Machine performance issues based on application workload Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide vSphere Resource Management Guide VMware KB 2001003 Adjust Virtual Machine properties according to a deployment plan: Network configurations: When you configure networking for a virtual machine, you select or change an adapter type, a network connection, and whether to…
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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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