Training VMware vSphere: Skills for storage administrators – 2 days

Class overview :

This course enables storage administrators to better plan and manage their storage systems to support a VMware vSphere™ environment. The course uses lecture, hands-on labs, and case studies to demonstrate vSphere interaction and operation with storage rather than to teach vSphere administration skills.

Class goals :

By the end of the course, you should understand storage functionality in vSphere and be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts related to virtual computing, including vSphere server and storage virtualization
  • Be a cooperative partner with vSphere administrators to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot storage in a vSphere environment
  • Describe the trade-offs between storage design decisions
  • Plan a storage architecture that scales to the demands of a virtualized environment
  • Use the VMware vSphere Client, esxtop, resxtop, and vscsiStats to monitor storage configuration end to end from a virtual machine disk to a specific VMware® vStorage VMFS datastore

Content of VMware vSphere: Skills for Storage Administrators

Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Hypervisors (the VMkernel) and virtual machines
  • Benefits of server virtualization
  • Shared storage and the VMware features that depend on it
  • Supported storage configurations
  • Storage maximums
  • Introduce VMware storage virtualization stack
  • Course objectives

VMware Storage Virtualization

  • Describe and create a VMFS datastore
  • Using extents and Volume Grow to enlarge a VMFS volume
  • Introduce strategies for avoiding SCSI reservation conflicts
  • Describe the importance of VMFS alignment
  • Describe trade-offs between VMFS and RDM
  • Options for creating virtual machine disks and the trade-offs of each option
  • VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning and its effect on storage
  • Explore the effects of using Thin Provisioning with storage array thin provisioning

VMware Storage Virtualization

  • Describe and create a VMFS datastore
  • Using extents and Volume Grow to enlarge a VMFS volume
  • Introduce strategies for avoiding SCSI reservation conflicts
  • Describe the importance of VMFS alignment
  • Describe trade-offs between VMFS and RDM
  • Options for creating virtual machine disks and the trade-offs of each option
  • VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning and its effect on storage
  • Explore the effects of using Thin Provisioning with storage array thin provisioning

Storage Performance and Troubleshooting

  • Storage configuration and its effect on performance
  • vSphere utilities to monitor storage latency, capacity, and consumption
  • Troubleshooting storage performance problems

SAN Design Considerations

  • Storage device names in vSphere
  • Importance of configuring consistent host LUN ID numbering
  • Calculating I/O operations per second (IOPS) and megabytes per second (MBps) to properly configure LUNs
  • Using esxtop or resxtop to determine IOPS and MBps
  • Discuss storage network topologies, zoning, and access control in Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS
  • Strategies for virtual disk placement
  • Interswitch linking and trunking considerations
  • Using esxcli to mask LUNs
  • Implementing flow control and jumbo frames in IP storage configurations
  • Configuring VMware vStorage adaptive queueing
  • Manual configuration of storage queues
  • Discuss VMware ESX™/ESXi boot from SAN

Multipathing Configuration and Management

  • Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS multipathing
  • Managing multipathing algorithms available in vSphere
  • Integrating virtual port and target port group support, and asymmetric logical unit access arrays into a vSphere environment
  • Configuring active-active and active-passive arrays with vSphere

VMware vStorage VMFS and Virtual Machine Snapshots

  • LUN replication in a vSphere environment
  • Identifying a snapshot LUN in vSphere
  • Controlling how the VMkernel handles replicated LUNs
  • Using replicated LUNs for backup and disaster recovery
  • Introduce VMware APIs for Data Protection
  • Describe the impact of virtual machine snapshot use on storage architecture

VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration

  • Describe hardware-accelerated locking
  • Describe hardware-accelerated zeroing
  • Describe hardware-accelerated copy
  • Enable and disable hardware acceleration
  • Introduce new performance metrics added to esxtop and resxtop
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