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VMware vSphere 5.5 to 6: What’s New (VIWN)

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1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course goals and objectives
  • Online vSphere resources
  • Location of online vSphere documentation

2 Introduction to vSphere 6

  • Discuss vSphere 6 feature enhancements
  • Describe how vRealize Operations Manager is used to manage the software-defined data center

3 Install and Upgrade

  • Discuss the differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6 installation process.
  • Confirm the system requirements for each component of vSphere 6
  • Determine which vCenter Server deployment mode is required.
  • Discuss the vSphere 6 upgrade process
  • Discuss vSphere 6 installation media
  • Determine the correct database option for various deployment scenarios of vSphere 6

4 Compute Enhancements

  • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6 scalability and performance
  • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
  • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
  • Discuss how virtual hardware 11 extends virtual machine resource configurations
  • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6

5 Management Enhancements

  • Discuss VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™ authentication process
  • Discuss new features of vSphere 6 Certificate Authority
  • Discuss certificate-based guest authorization
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts and vCenter Server communicate securely over SSL
  • Describe changes for ESXi certificate replacement
  • Discuss upgrading the vSphere License Service
  • License ESXi 6 and vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client

6 Storage Enhancements

  • Discuss VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
  • Configure storage-based policies
  • Discuss share reservations and file locking
  • Discuss the benefits and effects of NFS 4.1 with vSphere.
  • Discuss Kerberos and Remote Procedure Call (RPC) header authentication

7 Network Enhancements

  • Work with Network I/O Control
  • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
  • Enable network resource management on a vSphere distributed switch
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares, reservations, and limits
  • Discuss how IPv6 is supported in the vSphere 6 release

8 Availability Enhancements

  • Discuss enhancements made to vSphere vMotion
  • Migrate virtual machine across vCenter Server instances by using vSphere vMotion
  • Discuss the multiprocessor fault tolerance features and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities in vSphere 6
  • Discuss the benefits of VMware vCloud® Air™
  • Describe how vCloud Air integrates with vSphere 6