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 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 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 1

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So we are done with the storage part (for now, until we get to the troubleshooting part ) and now its time for upgrading vSphere deployment section. As usual i might not follow the blueprint order but i will try to cover all the subjects. The following are the blueprint objective: Configure download source(s) Setup UMDS to setup download repository Import ESXi images Create Baselines and/or Baseline groups Attach Baselines to vSphere objects Scan vSphere objects Stage patches & Extensions Remediate an object Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch Upgrade VMware Tools Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades Align appropriate baselines with target inventory objects.   Some thoughts: To cover this objective , i looked at blueprint resources and they…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.4 – Part 2 and Objective 3.5

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint. The following are the blueprint objective: NFS: Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos RDM: Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM Configure Bus Sharing Configure Multi-writer locking SIOC: (i skipped some parts of the blue print because i didn't study the marital yet such as "Differentiate between SIOC and Dynamic Queue Depth Throttling features") Describe the benefits of SIOC Enable and configure SIOC Configure/Manage SIOC Monitor SIOC   NFSv3 and NFS4.1: VMware support both NFS protocols here are the differences between the two: NFSv3: Traffic is unencrypted Use only one TCP connection for I/O. ESXi has No support for delegate user functionality Supports hardware acceleration and…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.4 – Part 1

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint(almost done :-)). Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them.Some of the task we already did in previous posts look at my posts regrading iSCSI and NFS datastore. The following are the blueprint objective: Describe VAAI primitives for block devices and NAS Differentiate VMware file system technologies Upgrade VMFS3 to VMFS5 Compare functionality of newly created vs. upgraded VMFS5 datastores Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities Compare and contrast VMFS and NFS datastore properties Configure Bus Sharing Configure Multi-writer locking Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount VMFS datastores Mount/Unmount an NFS datastore Extend/Expand VMFS datastores…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.2 – Part 2

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint. In the previous post we setup our vSAN storage and now we will disucss the following: VSAN: Collect vSAN Observer output Explain vSAN failure domains functionality Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains Configure Storage Policies VVOL: Explain VVOL architectural components Determine the role of storage providers in VVOLs Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)   Virtual SAN Observer: The VMware vSAN Observer is a Web-based tool that runs on RVC(Ruby vSphere Console) and is used for in-depth performance analysis and monitoring of the vSAN cluster. To Collect vSAN Observer output please refer to this KB: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2064240 Explain VSAN failure domains functionality and Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains: vSAN supports fault domains to protect hosts from rack or chassis failure when the vSAN cluster…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 2:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Networking– Objective 2.2

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In this post we will cover the objective from the blue print regrading NIOC, i will also use my Lab to demonstrate The following are the blueprint objective: Knowledge Define NIOC Explain NIOC capabilities Configure NIOC shares/limits based on VM requirements Explain the behavior of a given NIOC setting Determine Network I/O Control requirements Differentiate Network I/O Control capabilities Enable/Disable Network I/O Control Monitor Network I/O Control Define NIOC and  Explain NIOC capabilities: With Network I/O Control version 3 you will be able to reserve bandwidth for system traffic based on the capacity of the physical adapters on a host.Network I/O Control version 3 provisions bandwidth to the network adapters of virtual machines by using constructs of shares, reservation and limit. We can use Network I/O Control on vDS to configure bandwidth allocation for…
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