vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage

Storage is a critical foundation for the virtual infrastructure. This course teaches you what your vSphere storage options are, how they're different, and how to connect NFS and iSCSI to your vSphere hosts in this eight course series.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 27m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 27m
Description

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.

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Configure Software Defined Storage
Software-defined storage, or SDS, is one of the hottest trends in the enterprise datacenter today. In this module we've got a lot to cover related to software-defined storage. Specifically we'll be talking a lot about VMware's virtual SAN. In fact, we'll kick it off by explaining the Virtual SAN, or VSAN, architecture. I'll also cover the requirements, not just for VSAN, but specifically for the VSAN network. From there, we'll jump into the lab and I'll walk you through the process of creating and deleting a virtual SAN cluster. I'll show you how to manage VSAN disk groups, how to monitor VSAN storage, how to add and remove nodes from the VSAN cluster, and then from there we'll move from the lab and discuss some use cases for virtual SAN configurations. And then we'll wrap it up with two good topics here, first one being the benefits of NFS version 4. 1, which is newly supported with VMware vSphere 6. And then, how to configure virtual volumes and what you need to know about the new vSphere 6 VVols capability. Both VSAN and VVols are very hot topics in the world of vSphere, so with that, let's get started.

Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores
In VMware vSphere, all your virtual machines are stored in datastores. There are VMFS-formatted datastores and NFS-formatted datastores. In this module, I'll cover how to create and configure both types of datastores. I'll kick this module off by comparing and contrasting the supported NFS versions with VMware vSphere. I'll help you to identify the NFS requirements, we'll configure NFS storage for VMDK formatting, we'll configure storage multipathing, we'll compare and contrast VMFS3 and VMFS5, I'll help you to determine the VMFS requirements, we'll configure Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler or SDRS, I'll walk you through the process of extending and expanding VMFS datastores, and then finally, I'll show you how to place a VMFS datastore in maintenance mode. As you can see, we've got a lot to cover in this module on creating and configuring datastores in VMware vSphere. Let's get started.