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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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.2 – Part 2

blueprint, Networking, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS, VSS
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 3.2 – Part 1

Networking, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this post we will continue to discuss VMware networking and now it time for Implement and Manage vSphere 6.x Distributed Switch (vDS) Networks Here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Deploy a LAG and migrate to LACP Configure Advanced vDS settings (NetFlow, QOS, etc.) Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6 Networking Guide   Deploy a LAG and migrate to LACP: The screenshots below describe ONLY the VMware configuration side,  you will to configure LACP on your physical switch. Lets create a vDS from scratch to demo this here are the steps: Create new vDS: Create  new LAG: Add Hosts, and also configure a template host if you want other host to…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 3.1

blueprint, Networking, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, VSS
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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