Learn the prerequisites for this course, including understanding of vSphere concepts and the major components such as vCenter, ESXi, and Virtual Machines.
- [Instructor] Before you begin this course, let's talk about a few things that you should know. I know you might be tempted to skip over this introduction, but just stick with me for a moment, while I mention some important resources that can really help you succeed. I promise the whole thing will take less than three minutes. Now, first off, I'd like to invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn. I'm constantly releasing new material that can help you understand vSphere better. And I'm always open to accepting new connection requests, so please don't hesitate to connect up with me on LinkedIn.
There are some resources that we use in this class that may prove especially useful to you if you're preparing for the VCP Exam, or for the vSphere 6 Fundamentals Exam. The first tool is our home lab environment. I'm using a VMware Workstation Auto-Lab configuration that I built on my laptop. And during this course, I'll share with you details on how you can build the same lab environment yourself. It also might be beneficial for you to find a complete practice exam if you're preparing for the VCP Data Center Virtualization Exam.
TrainerTests.com provides complete practice exams with embedded video tutorials for a number of VMware certifications. You can actually access a free version of the vSphere 6 Foundations Exam on this website. So, check that out if you want to try a practice exam. I've also created a collection of links that I reference during this course. You can find this collection of links at www.TrainerTest.com/lynda.
Before you begin this class, you should also have some prerequisite knowledge of vSphere. You should have a basic understanding of vSphere components like ESXi hosts, virtual machines and virtual switches. You can learn more about some of these topics using the many courses available on lynda.com. Here you see a few of the courses that I've recorded: How to Configure Storage, Administer and Manage vSphere Resources, and Configure and Administer vSphere Security, and coming soon, a course on configuring vSphere backups.
There's also some great videos that will walk you through some of the more introductory concepts of vSphere, like Up and Running with vSphere 6, for example. So, I strongly encourage you to take a look at some of these other courses, if you need to build up on some of this prerequisite knowledge prior to taking this class.
- Using vRealize badges and alerts
- Troubleshooting CPUs for memory contention
- Working with lab environments
- Using performance charts and metrics
- vCenter monitoring, maintenance, and connectivity
- Troubleshooting SSO
- Working with esxtop and installing VMware tools
- ESXi management agents, diagnostics, and host health
- Troubleshooting resource contention
- Creating a vSphere distributed switch
- Working with vMotion, NIOC, PVLAN, DRS, and COMA
- Troubleshooting common upgrade issues
- Troubleshooting clusters
- Configuring an HA network