VMware vSphere Networking

Learn the basics of vSphere networking all the way to advanced features and configurations in this course. Live labs and configuration, real-word examples, and best practice design scenarios help to reinforce the concepts learned in each module.
Course info
Rating
(163)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 31, 2013
Duration
3h 52m
Table of contents
Introduction
Physical Networking Basics
Virtual Networking Basics
vSphere Standard Switch
vSphere Distributed Switch
Configuring Host Networking
Virtual Machine Networking
Virtual Network Monitoring
Advanced Features
Controlling Virtual Network Resources
Wrap-up
Description
Course info
Rating
(163)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 31, 2013
Duration
3h 52m
Description

This course is designed to teach the basics of networking in a vSphere environment as well as give hands-on experience installing and configuring the different features and settings that are introduced. By the end of this course, from a networking perspective, both virtual machine and host networking configuration will be covered including: networking basics, HA, resource allocation, and virtual switch types. Common scenarios and component configurations will also be covered in order to teach the methods for setting up vSphere networking in different situations.

About the author
About the author

Brian has been an IT professional for over 10 years in various customer-facing consultancy and technical administration roles. He specializes in VMware virtualization, networking, and storage technologies. He currently works as a vSpecialist for EMC serving as a technical advisor on virtualization and storage products.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vSphere Networking Introduction. So first, I wanted to talk a little bit about who am I, your instructor. And then we'll get into what's going to be covered in the course, and what you can expect from the different modules. So just a quick about me. My name is Brian Tobia. I've been an IT Professional for a little over ten years, focused on virtualization, VMware of course, networking and storage technologies. I've been on both the customer side doing network administration, system administration. So, implementing the products. And then from the consulting side, as well as some pre-sales focused on all these different technologies. Just a few of the certifications that I do hold, going down the VMware track there. So I hold my VCAP5-DCA/DCD, VCP and a few others that are listed there. I was also elected VMware vExpert for 2012 and 2013. I'm really focused on helping the community out through, whether it's evangelizing virtualization, being involved in the community events, helping some of the newer members of the community. So, I'm really passionate about the VMware community, so you'll find me a lot, whether it's on the forums or on Twitter. I'm really active within the VMware community, kind of promoting the technology and talking about, you know, how it's used in a practical sense really to help folks and get started along their journey to VMware. And from a work perspective, I currently am a vSpecialist at EMC so I kind of focus on virtualization and storage technologies from an EMC product perspective. And, you know, for pre-sales, and also for partners, and internal folks as well. So, really taking that virtualization message and spreading it out however I can.

Physical Networking Basics
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Physical Networking Basics. In this lesson, we're going to cover some basic terminology and a foundational concepts that we're going to use when we're talking about virtual networking later on throughout the lessons in this course. Some of the things we're going to talk about are, Physical Uplink ports, VLANs, Link Aggregation, Common Storage Protocols such as iSCSI, NFS and Fiber Channel, DNS, NTP and Netflow. Let's get going.

Virtual Networking Basics
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Virtual Networking Basics. In this lesson, we're going to cover the foundational concepts behind virtual networking so that we can later on discuss the different virtual switch types and look at how we would actually configure virtual networking based on common scenarios, or something that you might get asked to implement a certain feature or certain functionality. The topics we're going to cover are virtual switch types, or vSwitch types and those two are standard and distributed vSwitches. We'll go over common port group types. We'll talk about different types of virtual networks, and their connectivity. And lastly, we'll go over the very important VMkernal Interface. Let's get going.

vSphere Standard Switch
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vSphere Standard Switch. In this lesson we're going to cover, again, what a vSphere standard switch is. We've already talked about that a little bit. But we're really going to look at the different configuration options that are available when you set up or you create a vSphere standard switch. And why you might want to use those. We're also going to look at some scenarios in which you would leverage a vSphere Standard Switch, and certain options you might set based on parameters or requirements that are given to you. So some of the topics that we'll cover, we'll go over again kind of what that switch is. We'll talk about the port group options you have when creating a vSphere Standard Switch. We'll look at the uplink options. We'll also look at NIC teaming and load balancing policies. And then finally we'll jump into the lab for a live configuration based on a scenario that you may be given to configure a standard switch, and we'll see what that actually looks like. So again, just to level set, we talked about this before, but the vSphere standard switch is a virtual switch. And it sends and receives traffic at the host level. So again, just remember the difference between this and the distributed switch, where the distributed switch is that centralized model that all the hosts connect to. Whereas the standard switch is a host only, and it's created at that level, so an individual switch per host.

vSphere Distributed Switch
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vSphere distributed switch. Here's what we're going to cover in this module. First, we'll define what a vSphere distributed switch is, and why you might want to use one. Second, we'll look at ports and port group types. Much like a vSphere standard switch, we have port groups and port group types within a vSphere distributed switch. So, we'll look at the different options there. We'll look at uplink adapters and virtual adapters. We'll also look at migrating hosts and virtual machines from their existing networking. Like on a vSphere standard switch over to the new distributed switch that we'll go ahead and create. We'll look at failover and disaster recovery scenarios. So we'll actually use some of the features that are built into the dvSwitch to cover those scenarios where we might have a disaster, looking at high availability, things of those nature. We'll also look in the health check feature. How you can use it to help troubleshoot common networking issues that come with a dvSwitch. And finally, we'll talk about private VLANs. We'll talk about why you'd want to use them, how they're implemented within dvSwitch, and the way you go ahead and configure them, so let's get going.

Configuring Host Networking
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Configuring Host Networking. In this module, we'll cover the different hardware options you have when connecting an ESXi host up to a virtual switch, whether it's a standard switch or a distributed switch, we'll talk about the different connectivity options that you have. And then we'll also talk about some network design recommendations. We'll go over some best practices given the certain types of hardware you have, and some things just to keep in mind when you're talking about physical connectivity for virtual switches and for physical hosts really. So let's get started.

Virtual Machine Networking
With Pluralsight, you're watching Configuring Virtual Machine Networking. In this module, we're going to cover virtual machine network adapter types. We're going to look at the different types of adapters that you can assign to a virtual machine, the different hardware versions, and some of the different features and functions that they offer. We'll also look at MAC Addressing and how it's done in a virtual sense, and how it might differ a little bit from the physical world, and also the similarities. We'll look at vApp settings for networking. Sometimes there's a few different settings you can choose and profiles, so we'll go into details on those and see what options you have. And then we'll also go ahead and do this configuration in the lab, so we'll look at adding a virtual machine network adapter and look at the different options you have when we're running through that in the live lab. So let's get going.

Virtual Network Monitoring
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Virtual Network Monitoring. In this module, we're going to cover vCenter Performance charts and graphs. vCenter alarms, the netqueue feature, and also port mirroring, SPAN/ERSPAN. Different methods that we have to look at traffic that are flowing across virtual machines, and also across network switches. So really this lesson is going to focus a lot on performance monitoring through those charts and graphs, vCenter alarms for alerting you when different performance metrics have been hit, or certain conditions have been made and then also the port mirroring and spanning options that we have. So let's get started.

Advanced Features
Welcome to Pluralsight, you're watching Advanced Features. In this module, we're going to cover DirectPath I/O, we'll talk about what it is, why you might use it, and some of the configuration tips to be aware of. We'll also look at IPv6, the different areas and features where are supported in vSphere and why you might use it. We'll look at routing within vSphere. We'll also take a look at Cisco Discovery Protocol, or CDP and also LLDP. And finally, we'll end with a discussion around SR-IOV, so let's get started.

Controlling Virtual Network Resources
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Controlling Virtual Networking Resources. In this module, we'll cover Network I/O Control. We'll talk about what it is. What situation you might use it in, and what kind of live configuration on how you set that up. We'll take a look at thresholds and traffic shaping. Ways of limiting bandwidth going in and out of virtual switch and controlling. The types of traffic that go through it for performance reasons. And then we'll also look at TCP offload and jumbo frames. Let's get started.