Next Step – Preparing for VCAP6 – Design Exam

VCAP6 - Design
Until i get my VCAP6 - Deploy beta exam results, I decided to create a plan for my next step. The next step will be to take the VCAP6 - Design exam which is now GA My plan is use the following resources: Designing VMware Infrastructure Pluralsight course by Scott Lowe ,This is a 2012 course but I think some of it its still valid VCAP6 - Design Blueprint - Main Resource  VCAP5 - DCD Official Cert Guide - i know its old but there are some relevent information  vSphere Design 2nd Edition book IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for It Architects book Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN (2nd Edition) VMware vSphere HA 6.0 High availability Deepdive :  http://www.yellow-bricks.com/vmware-high-availability-deepdiv/…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 4

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In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure Configure / View VMFS locking mechanisms ATS-Only mechanism ATS_SCSI mechanism Configure Storage I/O Control to allow I/O prioritization Lab Setup:(not including vSAN) Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN: Please check my previous post on vSAN: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-1/ and http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-2/   Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure: In this objective  we will cover the following topics: Upgrading VMFS datastores Increasing VMFS datastore  capacity Upgrading VMFS…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 3

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In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Configure / Manage vSphere Flash Read Cache Create / Configure Datastore Clusters Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esxi0 and esxi1 Installed VCSA One VM installed on ESXi with VMware version 10 or higher Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide vSphere Resource Management Configure / Manage vSphere Flash Read Cache: Before we can start the lab we need to configure additional HDD for each ESXi so we can use for read cache, if you dont have an SSD drive you can mark the drive…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 2

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In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding LUN masking using PSA-related commands Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding: To create ISCSI port binding i did the following in my lab: Create a LUN on my storage device Used VMware iSCSI software initiator to configure the target IP. Create a VMFS volume Configure additional VMkernel Configure VMware iSCSI port binding and…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 1

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We are now in the second section of the blueprint , this section is the storage part (my favorite) and in the following posts we are going to discuss how we deploy and manage a vSphere 6.x storage infrastructure We are going to discuss the following objective from the blueprint : Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping Apply storage presentation characteristics according to a deployment plan: VMFS re-signaturin Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support snapshot/cloning  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping: An RDM is a mapping file in a separate VMFS volume that acts as a proxy for a raw physical storage device. The RDM allows a…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.4

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In this post we will discuss the last objective in the first section which is to perform advanced virtual machine configurations here are the objectives from the blueprint: Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan Configure .vmx file for advanced configuration scenarios Configure a virtual machine for Hot Add features Upgrade virtual machine hardware and VMware Tools Troubleshoot virtual machine deployment issues Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA One Virtual machine  Documents used: vSphere Virtual machine Administration vSphere troubleshooting guide Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan: Virtual machine uses storage controllers to acccess virtual disks , CD/DVD-ROM and SCSi devices, there are several's storage controllers: Bus Logic Parallel LSI…
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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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