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- [Instructor] Before we begin our Administer and Manage vSphere Storage class, let's talk about a few things that you should know. There are some resources that we use in class that may prove especially useful to you if you're preparing for the VCP exam. The first tool is the VMware Hands-on Labs. I'll be using these VMware Hands-on Labs to demonstrate certain topics. You can see in the web environment, there's a number of free labs that are available, and you can try these labs at any time.
Now in the demonstrations that you're going to see in our class, we'll primarily focus on the storage area. So let's click on storage, and you can see here we have a couple of hands-on labs that we're going to use in this class. The What's New with Virtual SAN 6.2 lab, and the VVol, VSAN, and Storage Policy-Based Management hands-on lab. But those are just a couple of the many, free labs that are available. I'll also be using a lab kit from Inspired vLabs to demonstrate other concepts.
You can find these lab kits at www.inspiredvlabs.com. I'll be using the kit primarily to demonstrate VMFS concepts and create an iSCSI data store. In addition the assessments that are provided at the end of each chapter, it might also be beneficial to you to go find a complete practice exam if you're preparing for the VCP6 Data Virtualization Exam. TrainerTests.com provides complete practice exams with embedded video tutorials for a number of VMware certifications.
Before you begin this class, you should also have some pre-requisite knowledge of vSphere. You should have a basic understanding of vSphere components like ESXi hosts, virtual machines, virtual switches in vCenter. You should also have an understanding of VMkernel ports in vSphere networking. And you can learn more about some of these topics using the many courses available on lynda.com. Here you can see a couple courses that I recorded. Administer and Manage vSphere Resources and vSphere Security.
And there's also some great videos that will walk you through some of the more introductory concepts of vSphere, such as Up and Running with vSphere 6, and Configure and Manage vSphere 6 Networking. So I strongly encourage you to take a look at those other courses if you need to build some of this pre-requisite knowledge prior to taking this class.
Note: This course maps to the Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage domain from the VCP6-DCV exam blueprint. Learn more about the exam objectives at VMware's site.
- Comparing VMFS (Virtual Machine File System) and NFS (Network File System)
- Working with Fibre Channel and FCoE
- Configuring iSCSI storage and authentication
- Working with block storage and VMFS
- Managing storage filters
- Using vSphere storage APIs
- Sharing virtual disks
- Configuring NFS storage
- Using vSphere Virtual Volumes
- Configuring VSAN data stores
- Configuring SIOC data stores