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Reading Time: 4 minutes Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores See also those similar posts: Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores and Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores. Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 21). NFS as quite the same functions (also hardware acceleration introducted in vSphere 5), but still cannot implement a RDM disk, and for this reason cannot implement a guest cluster solution (like Microsoft MSCS). Identify VMFS5 capabilities (new in vSphere 5) See the vSphere […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere This objective is related to a new product: the VMware Storage Virtual Appliance 1.0 (SVA or usually called also VSA) for vSphere 5. Note that this product is not included in vSphere editions, but is a separate product with his specific license (see the VMware site for more details). Note: to make a virtual environment to test VSA see the blog Getting the VMware VSA running in a nested ESXi environment. See also this post: Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere. Define […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere See also those similar posts: Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere and Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere Identify storage adapters and devices (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 10). Storage adapters provide connectivity for your ESXi host to a specific storage unit (block oriented) or network. ESXi supports different classes of adapters, including SCSI, SATA, SAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). ESXi accesses the adapters directly through device drivers in the VMkernel. Notice that (block oriented) […]

Reading Time: 1 minute Although still there isn’t any news about the VCDX5 certification (and there are only few info about VCAP5-DCA and VCAP5-DCD), I would like to bring to your attention some interesting threads about the VCDX program: Announcing the last (?) VCDX4 defense session Status of adding another VCDX4 Americas opportunity (discussion of a new session) Internationalizing VCDX VCDX defense opportunities aren’t capacity-controlled  What’s new with VCDX  VMware responds to VCDX certification concerns VCP, VCDX losing value, survey says There is also a great podcast about the VCDX Program with also some great questions.Podcast #134 on: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=19367

Reading Time: 1 minute Still work in progress to the VCP5 Blueprint study notes, but first two objectives are (quite) completed. Stay tuned for the next objectives! For the blueprint see: http://vinfrastructure.it/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5/

Reading Time: 3 minutes Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies See also those similar posts: Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and VDS Policies and Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies Identify common vSS and vDS policies (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 43). Policies set at the standard switch or distributed port group level apply to all of the port groups on the standard switch or to ports in the distributed port group. The exceptions are the configuration options that are overridden at the standard port group or distributed port level. The blueprint […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches See also this similar post: Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches and Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch capabilities (similar as vSphere 4.1) Official page with features of vDS: Improves visibility into virtual machine traffic through Netflow (New in vDS 5) Enhances monitoring and troubleshooting using SPAN and LLDP (New in vDS 5) Enables the new Network I/O Control (NIOC) feature (now utilizing per VM controls) (New in vDS 5) Simplified provisioning and administration of virtual networking across many hosts and clusters through […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches See also those similar posts: Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches e Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches and Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches. Identify vNetwork Standard Switch capabilities (same as vSphere 4.x) See: VMware Virtual Networking Concepts and VMware Virtual Networking. Create/Delete a vNetwork Standard Switch (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Networking Guide. No need to know the CLI… Note that now also from the GUI the vSwitch MTU can be changed. Add/Configure/Remove vmnics on a vNetwork Standard Switch (same as […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes vStorage API Introduced for the first time in vSphere the vStorage API are specific functions to permit an integration more thight with external storage functions. Note that there also other integration module that are coverd in the PSA framework. For more information see: What Is New in VMware vSphere™ 4: Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 – Storage vSphere Storage API – Storage Awareness (VASA) This is a new set of APIs introduced in vSphere 5.0 that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier […]

Reading Time: 1 minute Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions Knowledge See also those similar posts: Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions and Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions. Identify available vSphere editions and features (some changes from vSphere 4.x) See the Compare vSphere 5.0 Kits and Compare vSphere 5.0 Editions. Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the VMware Sphere Basic guide, the Objective 0.1 – VMware Products and also VMware Web Site. Explain Private/Public/Hybrid cloud concepts See the Objective 0.2 – Cloud Concepts. Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi Most of the references are from the vSphere Security Guide, but also the old (from VI 3.x) Managing VMware VirtualCenter Roles and Permissions is still a good reference. See also: Objective 1.4 – Secure vCenter Server and ESXi e Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi. Identify common vCenter Server privileges and roles (similar as vSphere 4.x) See: vSphere Security Guide (page 59). Some are available both in ESXi and vCenter Server: No Access: Cannot view or change the assigned object. vSphere Client tabs associated with an object appear without […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Objective 1.3 – Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi See also this similar post: Objective 1.3 – Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi and Objective 1.3 – Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi. Identify upgrade requirements for ESXi hosts (similar as vSphere 4.x) See: vSphere Upgrade Guide (page 11) and vSphere Upgrade Guide (page 69). ESXi 5 system requirements are the same for a clean installation: 64 bit CPU, one or more supported NIC, 2098 MB RAM (note that are more than 2 GB), supported storage, […]

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