In this three-day course, you focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware vSAN™ 6.7. You learn how vSAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. You gain practical experience with vSAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.
By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives: • Describe the vSAN architecture • Identify vSAN features and use cases • Configure vSAN networking components • Configure a vSAN cluster • Deploy virtual machines on a vSAN datastore • Configure virtual machine storage policies • Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks • Configure vSAN encryption • Control vSAN resynchronization tasks • Create and manage nested fault domains • Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance • Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios • Describe vSAN interoperability with VMware vSphere® features and other products • Plan and design a vSAN cluster
Intended Audience Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with vSAN
This course requires meeting one of the following prerequisites: • Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] course
Experience working at the command line is helpful.
The course material presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course: • Use VMware vSphere® Client • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server® objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines • Create and modify a standard switch • Create and modify a distributed switch • Connect a VMware ESXi™ host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage • Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® vMotion® • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
If you cannot complete all of these tasks, VMware recommends that you complete the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7] course before enrolling in VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage. Outline
1 Course Introduction • Introductions and course logistics • Course objectives • Describe the software-defined data center
2 2 Introduction to vSAN • Describe basic vSAN architecture and components • Describe the differences between file, block, and object storage • Explain the advantages of object-based storage • Detail the configuration of a vSAN cluster • Install and validate the initial vSAN installation and configuration
3 vSAN Configuration • Apply vSAN design considerations • Detail the expansion of a vSAN cluster • Configure vSAN disk groups manually • Identify physical network configuration requirements • Describe the configuration of vSAN networking • Test and validate the vSAN configuration and functionality • Describe the vSAN architecture and components • Describe the differences between the vSAN hybrid and all-flash architectures • Describe the advantages of all-flash architecture • Describe the space-efficiency features of vSAN • Describe the different vSAN assessment tools • Explain vSAN License Details
4 vSAN Policies and Virtual Machines • Explain how storage policies work with vSAN • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies • Change virtual machine storage policies dynamically • Identify virtual machine storage policy compliance status
5 Managing and Operating vSAN • Explain how to configure encryption in the vSAN cluster • Explain the management of hardware storage devices • Identify alarms for vSAN events • Describe and configure fault domains • Describe the configuration of the vSAN iSCSI service, iSCSI targets, and LUNS
6 Stretched Clusters and Two-Node Clusters • Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters • Create a stretched cluster • Describe how stretched cluster storage policies affect vSAN objects • Create and apply a vSAN stretched cluster policy to meet specific needs • Discuss the behavior of a stretched cluster when various types of failures occur
7 Monitoring and Troubleshooting vSAN • Discuss hardware failure scenarios • Describe the process of resynchronization • Explain the possible reasons for resynchronization • Describe the use of vSphere Client to detect issues • Explain the use of the health service to monitor vSAN health • Explain the use of the performance service to monitor vSAN performance. • Monitor and test the vSAN environment • Describe vSAN architecture components and the PNOMA OSI model