Vmware vSphere: What's New (v5.5 to v6.5) - AS742


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives


1. Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5
Discuss vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance

3. Installation and Upgrade
Describe new vCenter Server architecture features
Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
Describe the enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
Describe the vCenter Server Appliance deployment
Describe the hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
Identify the information that is needed before you begin the installation
Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
Describe how to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
Describe how to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
List the benefits of using the content library
Create a basic content library
Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances

4. Compute Enhancements
Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
Describe new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
Discuss how virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
Describe how using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5

5. Storage Enhancements
Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
Discuss the benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
Identify the differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
Describe the implications of using NFS v4.1
Describe the advantages of the new Vmware Virsto tm on-disk file system
Describe the advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
Describe the advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
Describe the benefits of applying different default policies to different Vmware Virtual SAN™ datastores
Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
Describe per virtual machine, policy-based policy management
Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of Vmware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness tm

6. Network Enhancements
Work with Network I/O Control
Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
Enable network resource management on Vmware vSphere® Distributed Switch tm
Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5

7. Management Enhancement
List the core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
List the Vmware certificate management components
Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
List the certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
Describe the primary services provided by the Vmware Certificate Authority component
Describe the primary services provided by the Vmware Endpoint Certificate Store component
Define Vmware CA certificate replacement options
Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

8. Availability Enhancements
Describe the new TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
Explain how Vmware vSphere® Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA

9. Security Enhancements
Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
Evaluate virtual machine encryption
Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
Use encrypted core dumps


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