VMware Vsan Course

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In this two-day course, you focus on building skills in configuring and performing common administrator and end-user tasks with VMware vSAN 6.7. You gain practical experience with vSAN production operations through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.

Product Alignment

  •   ESXi 6.7
  •   vCenter Server 6.7

  vSAN 6.7


Main target audience for this training are:

  • Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of vSAN v6.x

Skills Gained

  • By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
  •   Describe vSAN host operations
  •   Discuss vSAN networking requirements
  •   Define the tasks involved in hardware replacement in a vSAN cluster
  •   Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
  •   Describe common vSAN maintenance operations
  •   Define the tasks required for updating and upgrading vSAN
  •   Describe vSAN security operations
  •   Configure a key management server (KMS) cluster
  •   Configure vSAN storage policies and observe the effects of a cluster-wide change
  •   Explain vSAN resilience and availability features
  •   Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks
  •   Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance


  • This course has the following prerequisites:
  •   Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] course

  Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices

Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [v6.x] course (VMVSAN) or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable.

  • The course presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling:
  •   Use VMware vSphere Web Client
  •   Create and manage VMware vCenter Server objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  •   Create and modify a standard switch
  •   Connect a VMware ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage
  •   Create a VMware vSphere VMFS datastore
  •   Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine
  •   Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere vMotion

  Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere Storage vMotion

If you cannot complete all of these tasks, VMware recommends that you complete the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] (VSICM) and VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.x] (VMVSAN) courses before enrolling in VMware vSAN: Production Operations (VMVSANPO).


  • 1.  Course Introduction
  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives 2.  Introduction to vSAN
  •   Describe the vSAN architecture and components
  •   Describe the differences between the vSAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
  •   Describe the space-efficiency features of vSAN
  •   Describe how vsanSparse snapshots work 3.  vSAN Host Management
  •   Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
  •   Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
  •   Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
  •   Describe NIC teaming, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, and the benefits of using VMware vSphere  Distributed     Switch in vSAN
  •   Plan for networking configuration changes
  •   Troubleshoot with ESXCLI commands 4.   vSAN Policies and Resiliency
  •   Explain how storage policies work with vSAN
  •   Create and modify virtual machine storage policies
  •   Identify the effects of vSAN storage policy changes
  •   Monitor using the Ruby vSphere Console
  •   Describe vSAN resiliency, availability, and backup features and operations
  •   Manage hardware device failures 5.  Cluster Maintenance
  •   Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
  •   Upgrade and update vSAN
  •   Replace vSAN hardware by using scale-in and scale-out strategies 6.  vSAN Security Operations
  •   Describe vSAN datastore encryption and Key Management Server (KMS) architecture
  •   Integrate a KMS
  •   Configure encryption in the vSAN cluster
  •   Compare virtual machine and vSAN encryption
  •   Perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
  •   Add an encrypted cluster to vCenter Server 7.  vSAN Monitoring and Performance
  •   Identify common alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Web Client
  •   Use the health service to monitor vSAN health
  •   Use the performance service to monitor vSAN performance
  •   Proactively monitor and test the vSAN environment
  •   Use the vSAN health CLI and Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) when vSphere Web Client is unavailable
  •   Use ESXCLI commands to monitor the vSAN environment
  •   Verify that the vSAN environment is functioning properly and performing as expected  

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