vSphere 6 Foundations: Configure vSphere Storage

This is the fourth course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. Storage is a critical foundation for the virtual infrastructure. Watch this course to learn what your vSphere storage options are, how they differ, and how to connect NFS and iSCSI to your vSphere hosts.
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Beginner
Updated
Nov 10, 2015
Duration
2h 20m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(57)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 10, 2015
Duration
2h 20m
Description

This is the fourth course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. With storage being a critical foundation for any virtual infrastructure, it's critical that you learn about your vSphere storage options, how they are different, and how to connect them to vSphere. This course starts out covering iSCSI shared storage, how to identify adapters and devices, how to create NFS shares, how to connect to an iSCSI share, the vSphere iSCSI initiator configuration, and iSCSI use cases. Don't miss the chance to understand 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 data center 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, the 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 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 VMFS 3 and VMFS 5. 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.