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VMware vSphere® 6.5 Foundations

Authors: David Davis, Josh Coen

Ready to dive into the realm of virtualization? Pluralsight's VMware vSphere® 6.5 Foundations path will help you develop the essential skills needed to navigate other VMware... Read more

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This series will introduce you to VMware virtualization and help prepare you for the vSphere 6.5 Foundations exam.

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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Introduction

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 41m

Beginner • 41m

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Description

This is the first of eight courses in the vSphere 6 Foundations series. Do you want to learn the leading virtualization solution in the world, used by most enterprises? In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Introduction, you'll first discover what the vSphere 6.5 Foundation exam covers. Next, you'll explore how to build your environment in vSphere 6.5. Finally, you'll learn about VM and network infrastructure. By the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of vSphere 6.5 and be more prepared for the VMware Foundations certification exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    21m 20s
  2. Building Your Environment
    19m 59s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 3h 13m

Beginner • 3h 13m

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Being able to plan the installation of, download, install, and configure ESXi 6.5, vCenter for Windows, and the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) are some of the most critical skills that any VMware vSphere admin can obtain. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi, you'll first walk through that process, step by step. Next, you'll explore best practices based on years of experience. Finally, you'll gain a solid understanding of ESXi and vCenter architecture, vSphere editions, and all the new vSphere 6.5 features. By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know for installing and configuring vCenter and ESXi for the vSphere Foundations exam

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    3m 18s
  2. Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions for a Given Use Case
    47m 30s
  3. Install and Configure vCenter Server
    53m 59s
  4. Install and Configure ESXi
    43m 54s
  5. Install and Configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
    44m 45s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 46m

Beginner • 2h 46m

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The vSphere virtual network is the virtual version of the traditional physical network. This course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking, you'll first explore how the vSphere virtual network is the virtual network that connects all virtual machines together. Next, you'll discover how the vSphere virtual network connects those virtual machines to the physical network. Finally, you'll learn how VMware administrators need to know how to add, remove, and configure vSphere virtual switches, port groups, virtual ports, uplinks, policies, and capabilities in order to be able to successfully administer any VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure. By the end of the course you'll know everything you need to know for configuring vSphere networking for the vSphere Foundations exam

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    3m 21s
  2. Configure vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)
    43m 7s
  3. Configure vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)
    1h 13m 41s
  4. Configure vSS and vDS Features Based on Given Requirements
    46m 42s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 27m

Beginner • 2h 27m

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With storage being a critical foundation for any virtual infrastructure, it's critical that you learn about vSphere storage. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage, you'll explore all you vSphere storage options, how they're different, and how to connect them to vSphere. First, you'll learn about iSCSI shared storage. Next, you'll discover how to identify adapters and devices, and how to create NFS shares. Finally, you'll delve into connecting to an iSCSI share, the vSphere iSCSI initiator configuration, and iSCSI use cases. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of vSphere and how it relates to the critical storage infrastructure.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    3m 3s
  2. Connect Shared Storage Devices to vSphere
    52m 53s
  3. Configure Software Defined Storage
    47m 12s
  4. Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores
    44m 50s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 56m

Beginner • 2h 56m

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One of the most common tasks that vSphere administrators do on a daily basis is to administer VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs.) In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Administer Virtual Machines and vApps, you'll delve into the fundamentals of vSphere virtual machine administration. First, you'll discover why you need to know how to create VMs and control VMs. Then, you'll learn about cloning VMs. Finally, you'll explore why you should create vApps in order to get your company's applications up and running as quickly as possible. By the end of this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to efficiently administer VMs and vApps to utilize in practice.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    2m 59s
  2. Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
    1h 3m 56s
  3. Create and Deploy vApps
    21m 30s
  4. Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
    40m 45s
  5. Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
    47m 2s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Availability and Resource Management

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 3h 56m

Beginner • 3h 56m

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VMware vSphere is all about abstracting away physical constructs and pooling resources. However, you can take pooling too far and run out of capacity. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Availability and Resource Management, you'll discover how to efficiently administer VMware vSphere 6.5 resources and availability by learning some of the advanced features it has to offer. First, you'll delve into resource management and distributed resource scheduler. Then, you'll explore vSphere availability features like vSphere High Availability (HA), Fault Tolerance (FT). Finally, you'll wrap up by learning about Data Protection. By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know for the vSphere Foundations exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    2m 50s
  2. Create and Configure VMware Clusters
    1h 34m 38s
  3. Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
    25m 57s
  4. Create and Administer Resource Pools
    28m 15s
  5. Migrating Virtual Machines
    21m 21s
  6. Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
    32m
  7. Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
    31m 17s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Troubleshooting

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 1h 54m

Beginner • 1h 54m

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VMware vSphere is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform for the modern datacenter, but it isn't without its complexities and potential trouble. With so many enterprises virtualizing their most critical applications with vSphere, as a vSphere administrator, you must be prepared. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Troubleshooting, you'll learn how to efficiently troubleshoot any potential problems in vSphere when they occur. First, you'll learn how to troubleshoot problems with ESXi and vCenter installation. Next, you'll discover how to use VMware's knowledgeable (KB) system to fix problems with the vSphere environment, like storage and networking. Finally, you'll work with the vSphere Web Client to find misconfigurations and fix issues. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and skill to troubleshoot a variety of problems in vSphere 6.5 with efficiency and confidence.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    2m 54s
  2. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of ESXi and vCenter Installations
    25m 26s
  3. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of vSphere Networking
    47m 50s
  4. Perform Basic Troubleshooting of VM Operations
    22m 22s
  5. Identify and Troubleshoot Basic Misconfigurations Through the GUI
    15m 41s
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vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring

by David Davis

Dec 15, 2017 / 2h 50m

Beginner • 2h 50m

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So many enterprises virtualize their most critical applications with vSphere. VMware vSphere is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform for the modern datacenter, but it still requires a knowledgeable administrator to monitor and configure it in order to prevent and solve problems. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring, you’ll learn how to monitor many aspects of VMware vSphere. First, you’ll explore how to monitor tasks and events, keep track of metrics with performance charts, configure SNMP and STMP, and more. Next, you’ll move onto creating and administering vCenter server alarms. Finally, you’ll learn how to install and configure vRealize Log Insight, and how you can use it to monitor and troubleshoot your vSphere’s infrastructure. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to perform many monitoring functions as an administrator within vSphere.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    2m 23s
  2. Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines
    1h 25m 29s
  3. Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
    34m 38s
  4. Configure and Manage vRealize Log Insight
    47m 59s
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What's New in vSphere 6.5

by Josh Coen

Mar 9, 2017 / 2h 9m

Intermediate • 2h 9m

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The pace at which technology is evolving in today's marketplace can be overwhelming. VMware vSphere is no exception to this paradigm. With each new release of vSphere, both major and minor releases, existing features are enhanced, new features are released, and trying to keep up with all of it can be challenging, especially during the major release cycles. In this course, What's New in vSphere 6.5, you'll be introduced and walked through all the major enhancements and features to vSphere. First, you'll learn about the new features in vCenter and VMware HA and DRS, both of which bring major improvements. Next you'll discover what's new and exciting with vSphere Storage, which include enhancements made to vSAN. Finally, you'll learn about what's new with VMware Update Manager and vSphere Security, both bringing long awaited feature requests into fruition. Once you complete the course, you'll be completely up-to-speed on all major features introduced and enhanced in vSphere 6.5.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 18s
  2. What's New in VMware vCenter?
    35m 41s
  3. What's New with VMware DRS and HA?
    32m 47s
  4. What's New with vSphere Storage?
    25m 33s
  5. What's New in vSphere Update Manager?
    22m 46s
  6. What's New in vSphere Security?
    10m 58s

What you will learn

  • Installing and configuring vCenter and ESXi
  • Configuring vSphere networking
  • Configuring vSphere storage
  • Administering virtual machines and vApps
  • Availability and resource management
  • Performing basic troubleshooting
  • Performing basic monitoring

Pre-requisites

No previous experience is needed as this series is introductory.

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