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A 5-day introduction to virtualization using VMware’s popular Virtual Infrastructure™ suite (VMwareESX™ 3.5 and VirtualCenter™ 2.5). Assuming no prior virtualization experience,this class starts with the basics and progresses to more advanced topics.

Course Outline

This class is a 5-day intense introduction to virtualization using VMware’s immensely popular Virtual Infrastructure™ suite including VMwareESX™ 3.5 and VirtualCenter™ 2.5. Assuming no prior virtualization experience,this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics.  Up to 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts and skills are reinforced.Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESX servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class then continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting and more. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered. This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers immediate, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced capital and operational costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business and/or economic value – not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software. By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, mechanics and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage, troubleshoot and secure virtual infrastructure.

Course Outline

Chapter 1 - Virtualization Infrastructure
· Virtualization explained• How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
• Common pain points of physical deployments
• How virtualization effectively addresses issues and brings new

Chapter 2 - Stand Alone ESX Server Installation

• Selecting, validating and preparing your server
• Sizing Service Console and VMkernel resources
• Storage controllers, disks and partitions
• Software installation and licensing
• Installation recommendations and best practices
• First look at the VMware Virtual Infrastructure Client
• Covers VMware ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5

Chapter 3 - Virtual and Physical Networking

• Virtual Machine, IP Storage and management concepts
• Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
• Sizing Virtual Switches

Chapter 4 - NAS Shared Storage

• Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
• Shared Storage options
• NFS Overview
• Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
• Troubleshooting NFS connections

Chapter 5 - Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

• VM virtual hardware, options and limits
• Sizing and creating a new VM
• Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
• Working with a VM’s BIOS
• VMware remote console applications
• Installing an OS into a VM
• Driver installation and customization
• VM best practices for monitoring and scalability
• Accessing VMs and servers remotely via the Web
• Understanding what should and should not be virtualized

Chapter 6 - VirtualCenter

• VirtualCenter architectural and feature overview
• VirtualCenter components
• License Server and Licensing Options
• VirtualCenter Inventory and views
• Host and Server based licensing models

Chapter 7 - VirtualCenter Inventory

• VirtualCenter's four views into Virtual Infrastructure
• Role of the datacenter
• Using folders to impart political, geographic or technical boundaries
• Importing ESX hosts into VirtualCenter management
• Troubleshooting VirtualCenter
• Covers VMware ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5

Chapter 8 - VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

• Golden Master images
• Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
• Patching, and refreshing Templates
• Cloning, one time copies of VMs
• Best practices for cloning and templating
• Performance considerations

Chapter 9 - ESX and VirtualCenter Permission Model

• VMware Security model
• Configuring local users and groups
• Managing local permissions
• VirtualCenter security model
• Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
• How permissions are applied

Chapter 10 - Advanced Virtual Networking

• Up-linking Virtual and Physical Network segments using NICs
• NIC teaming for redundancy and Performance
• Connecting to vLANs
• Enhanced Network Security
• Virtual routers and firewalls

Chapter 11 - Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

• Fibre SAN overview
• Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
• Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
• Partitioning and formatting Fibre SAN Storage
• Multi-pathing in a Fibre SAN environment
• Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
• iSCSI overview
• Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
• Creating virtual iSCSI adapters
• Connecting to iSCSI storage
• Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
• Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
• Covers VMware ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5

Chapter 12 - VMware File System (VMFS)

• VMFS Overview
• Unique file system properties of VMFS
• Managing shared Volumes
• Creating new VMFS partitions
• Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning
• Multi-pathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
• VMFS performance considerations

Chapter 13 - Resource Management and Resource Pools

• How ESX delivers resources to VMs
• Shares, Reservations and Limits
• CPU resource scheduling
• Memory resource scheduling
• Disk I/O bandwidth management
• Network bandwidth management
• Resource Pools

Chapter 14 - VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

• Moving Virtual Machines
• Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
• Hot Migrations with VMotion
• VMotion requirements
• VMotion dependencies
• How VMotion works – detailed explanation
• Troubleshooting VMotion
• Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

Chapter 15 – Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

• Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
• Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
• DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
• Isolation response and per-VM policy overrides

Chapter 16 – Failure Recover with High Availability Clusters

• Application level clusters such as MSCS
• VM cluster strategies using MSCS
• Using VMs as cluster peers with MSCS
• VMware High Availability clusters
• Covers VMware ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5
• Day 5 Class Topics
• The following topics are included in our standard 5-day delivery and would not
• normally be included in a 4-day delivery.

Chapter 17 - Back Up and Recovery Strategies

• Pro’s and Con’s of traditional back up strategies
• VMware Consolidated Backup
• Third party back up solutions
• Back up strategies and alternatives
• Backing up the ESX Service Console

Chapter 18 - Consolidation with VMware Converter Enterprise

• VMware Converter overview
• Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
• Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
• Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

Chapter 19 – Effective Performance Monitoring

• VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
• Identifying and resolving resource contention
• Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
• Configuring and customizing resource based alarms
• Performance and capacity planning strategies

Chapter 20 – ESX and VirtualCenter Alarms

• VMware Capacity Planner overview
• Finding and monitoring physical workloads
• Reviewing physical server performance data
• Using Capacity Planner recommendations to plan your migration

Prerequisites & Certificates

Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™ or other platforms. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning,IP addressing, O/S installation, etc. No Linux command line skills are assumed or required.

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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