vSphere 6 Foundations: Availability and Resource Management

Watch this course to learn how to administer VMware vSphere 6 resources and availability including vSphere resource pools as well as advanced features like high availability, distributed resource scheduler, vSphere Data Protection, and Fault Tolerance.
Course info
Rating
(14)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 11, 2016
Duration
3h 38m
Table of contents
Introduction
Create and Configure VMware Clusters
Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
Create and Administer Resource Pools
Migrating Virtual Machines
Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
Description
Course info
Rating
(14)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 11, 2016
Duration
3h 38m
Description

VMware vSphere is all about abstracting away physical constructs and pooling resources. However, you can take pooling too far and run out of capacity. In this course, you will learn about resource management and distributed resource scheduler. You will also learn abut vSphere availability features like vSphere High Availability (HA), Fault Tolerance (FT), and Data Protection. Watch and learn what you need to know for the vSphere Foundations exam!

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

Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
We talked about how vSphere's HA or high availability is there to restart virtual machines when a physical server fails, but what if you have applications that you don't want to have to restart? In other words, you don't want any downtime for those applications? What does VMware offer to help you meet that challenge? Well thankfully they have a solution and it's called VMware Fault Tolerance of FT. In this module I'll cover planning and implementing VMware Fault Tolerance. We'll kick this module off by providing you an overview of what VMware Fault Tolerance is and how it works. After that we'll jump into the lab and I'll show you how to configure VMware Fault Tolerance networking. From there we'll discuss some different scenarios to help you determine how to best configure Fault Tolerance for your use case. I'll walk you through enabling and disabling VMware Fault Tolerance on a virtual machine in the lab and then we'll test out Fault Tolerance live. You'll see whether it works or not. I'll give you a hint, it's going to work. And then finally, we'll wrap up the module by reviewing some common use cases for VMware Fault Tolerance. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.

Create and Administer Resource Pools
A big part of a VMware vSphere infrastructure is the pooling of resources. Just about from the beginning VMware's mantra has been abstract or virtualize, pool, which is what we're talking about here, and then automate. So it's always been abstract, pool, automate. So the pool part, specifically resource pools and more and more flash resource pools are an important part of that. In this module, Create and Administer Resource Pools, that's exactly what we'll be covering. We'll kick it off by explaining VMware's vFlash architecture. How do vSphere and flash storage work together to help accelerate virtual machines and applications. From there I'll explain the use cases for traditional resource pools where you pool CPU and memory resources. After that we'll jump into the lab and create, as well as remove, resource pools, configure resource pool attributes, add and remove virtual machines to the resource pool. From there we'll create vFlash resource pools and assign vFlash resources to virtual machine disk files. Finally, I'll help you to determine some resource pool requirements. With that, we've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.

Migrating Virtual Machines
VMware first released vMotion, one of their most well known and most appreciated features, back in 2003. Whether you first saw it in 2003 or you first see it in this video training course, the first time someone sees a live vMotion, this light bulb, this ah-ha moment happens in their head when they say, wow, this VMware vMotion is really, really incredible. With VMware vMotion you can move running virtual machines from one host to another with zero downtime. It is really incredible. And it's one of the features that has made VMware the leader in enterprise virtualization. vMotion is also one of the required features for a number of the other advanced features that VMware offers, including DRS or Distributed Resource Scheduler. In this module we'll cover migrating virtual machines using vMotion as well as other forms of VMware migration. We'll kick it off by explaining Enhanced vMotion Compatibility, or EVC. From there we'll explain long distance vMotion, something relatively new. We'll explain the process of vMotion and Storage vMotion migrations and then we'll jump into the lab where I'll show you how to configure virtual machines, swap file locations, how to migrate powered off or suspended virtual machines, and finally, how to migrate virtual machines using vMotion and Storage vMotion. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.

Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
A critical role for any VMware vSphere administrator is to protect their virtual machines and the data that's inside, that's why it's so important that you back up your virtual machines, that you're able to test the restore or recovery of your virtual machine data, and also consider other data protection options, for example, vSphere Replication. This is exactly what we'll be talking about in this module. I'll kick it off by providing you an overview of VMware's data protection option. From there I'll explain VMware data protection sizing guidelines and then describe vSphere Replication Architecture. I'll show you how to install and configure VMware Data Protection, create a backup job with VMware data protection, perform a live full backup, and then a restore of a VMware virtual machine in VMware Data Protection, consolidate VMware snapshots, perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication, and then finally we'll discuss the appropriate data protection solution or backup solution for your vSphere implementation. As you can see, we've got a lot to cover in this module, all related to data protection, so let's get started.

Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
Whether you're maintaining a Windows Server, a Linux Server or a VMware vSphere host, it's going to be your job as a vSphere administrator to keep those hosts and the guest operating systems inside the virtual machines up to date. In fact, with vSphere, not only do you need to keep the hosts up to date, but there's also VMware tools inside the guest operating systems, virtual machine hardware, VMFS file systems, and other updates to consider in a vSphere virtual infrastructure. In this module I'll introduce you to VMware vSphere host profiles and how they can help you to ensure that you have a snapshot or a picture of what a perfect vSphere host configuration looks like and then how to attach or apply that host profile to an ESXi host or cluster and then perform compliance scanning of those hosts or that cluster to find out if any hosts have deviated from the configuration and if remediation needs to be done. From there we'll talk more about updates because we'll install and configure VMware vCenter Update Manager. We'll talk about patch downloading. I'll show you how to create an Update Manager baseline, attach a baseline to a host or cluster, and then scan and remediate hosts and virtual machines using Update Manager. We've got a lot to cover in this module related to keeping your ESXi host compliant and up to date. So with that let's jump right into the lab and get started.