VMware vSphere: Skills for Storage Administrators Equitrain

Course details

This course enables storage administrators to better plan and manage their storage systems to support a VMware vSphere™ environment. Through lecture, hands-on labs, and case studies, you will learn about vSphere interaction and operation with storage rather than learning vSphere administration skills.

Target Audience

  • Storage administrators who support vSphere environments


  • Storage functionality in vSphere
  • Basic concepts related to virtual computing, including vSphere server and storage virtualization
  • Partner with vSphere administrators to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot storage in a vSphere environment
  • 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

Course Outline

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

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
  • VMware storage virtualization stack

VMware Storage Virtualization

  • Create a VMFS datastore
  • Using extents and Volume Grow to enlarge a VMFS volume
  • Strategies for avoiding SCSI reservation conflicts
  • Importance of VMFS alignment
  • 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
  • Effects of using vStorage 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
  • 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 queuing
  • Manual configuration of storage queues
  • VMware ESX™/ESXi boot from SAN

Multipathing Configuration and Managemen

  • 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
  • VMware APIs for Data Protection
  • Impact of virtual machine snapshot use on storage architectur

VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration

  • Hardware-accelerated locking
  • Hardware-accelerated zeroing
  • Hardware-accelerated copy
  • Enable and disable hardware acceleration
  • New performance metrics added to esxtop and resxtop

About Equitrain

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At EquiTrain, They tailor end-to-end training solutions that incorporate both IT and business consultancy to the specific needs of each inpidual customer. They can equip yTheir IT professionals with all they need to quickly maximize yTheir new technology investments as Theyll as pushing forward absolute beginners on their road to IT proficiency.

They offer a broad range of IT and Management training cTheirses and certifications from top technology vendors with a choice of on-site or offsite, public or closed and local or abroad training. Their portfolio of cTheirses is supplemented by Their strategic training alliance with world's leading providers of learning solutions.

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