April 27, 2015

#vBrownBag VMware Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Track

This series is designed to help you pass the VMware Certified Professional 6.0 Foundation and Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exams. The series follows the official certification blueprint published by VMware. The links below will take you to the videos for each section.

VCP6-DCV Track

Section 1: Configure and Administer vSphere 6 Security with James Brown
– Configure and administer role based access control
– Secure ESXi, vSphere, and virtual machines
– Enable SSO and Active Directory Integration

Section 2: Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking with Ariel Sanchez
Objective 2.1
– Configure Advanced Policies and features

Section 2 (con’t): Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking with Ariel Sanchez
Objective 2.2
– Configure Network I/O Control

Section 3 (3.1-3.4): Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage with Hersey Cartwright
Objective 3.1
– Manage vSphere Storage Virtualization
Objective 3.2
– Configure Software-defined Storage
Objective 3.3
– Configure vSphere Storage Multi-pathing and Failover
Objective 3.4
– Perform Advanced VMFS and NFS Configurations and Upgrades

Section 3 (con’t): Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage with Niran Even-chen
Objective 3.5
– Setup and Configure Storage I/O Control

Section 4: Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x with Manny Sidhu
Objective 4.1
– Perform ESXi host and virtual machine upgrades
Objective 4.2
– Perform vCenter Server Upgrades

Section 5: Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources with Manny Sidhu
Objective 5.1
– Configure advanced, multilevel resource pools

Section 6: Backup and Recover a vSphere Deployment with Ariel Sanchez
Objective 6.1
– Configure and administer a vSphere backups/restore/replication solution

Section 7: Troubleshoot a vSphere Deployment with Jack Kramer
Objective 7.1
– Troubleshoot vCenter Server, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines
Objective 7.2
– Troubleshoot vSphere storage and network issues
Objective 7.3
– Troubleshoot vSphere upgrades
Objective 7.4
– Troubleshoot vSphere performances
Objective 7.5
– Troubleshoot HA, DRS, and Fault Tolerance

Section 8: Deploy and Consolidate a vSphere Data Center with Kellan Damm
Objective 8.1
– Deploy ESXi using Autodeploy
Objective 8.2
– Customize Host Profile settings
Objective 8.3
– Consolidate physical workloads with VMware Converter

Section 9: Configure and Administer vSphere Availability Solutions with Joseph Griffiths 
Objective 9.1
– Configure Advanced vSphere HA features
Objective 9.2
– Configure Advanced DRS features

Section 10: Administer and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines with Ariel Sanchez
Objective 10.1
– Configure advanced vSphere virtual machine settings
Objective 10.2
– Create and manage a multi-site content library
Objective 10.3
– Configure and Maintain a vCloud Air connection

VCP6 Foundation Recordings

Objective 1.1
– Overview of editions available with vSphere 6
– Feature identification
Objective 1.2
– Installation options for vCenter and PSC, database requirements, software requirements
– Sizing for vCenter and PSC, and database
– Demo includes installation of vCenter and PSC via Windows installer and VCSA installer
Objective 1.3
– Installation of ESXi via interactive or PXE options
– Configure NTP, DNS, and routing on ESXi
– Demo includes DCUI overview and configuration

Objective 2.1
– Capabilities of vSS overview
– Use cases for vSS
– Demo includes create/delete vSS, port groups, vmkernel adapters, configuration of vmkernel adapters
Objective 2.2
– Capabilities of vDS overview
– Demo includes create vDS including options to add host/vm/existing networking, management after vDS created such as add host, add port groups
configure LACP on uplinks
Objective 2.3
– Identify vSS and vDS use cases, jumbo frames requirements, and NIOC options
– Demo includes load balancing/HA, VLAN configuration, jumbo frame support

Objective 3.1
– Types of shared block storage, types of adapters (FC, FCoE, iSCSI) and requirements for each
– Describe zoning and lun masking options
– Demo includes adding shared storage, configuration of HBA (iSCSI or FC)
Objective 3.2
– Whats new with NFS 4.1 in vSphere
– VSAN options and requirements including networking
– Create/manage VVOLs
– Demo includes enable VSAN
Objective 3.3
– Supported NFS versions
– Demo includes create/configure NFS and VMFS datastores and extents

Objective 4.1
– Identify VM hardware versions and capabilities, VM access options (console, etc)
– Demo includes create/configure templates and customization specs, edit virtual machines, deploy virtual machines and vApps
Objective 4.2
– Identify vApp use cases and requirements
– Demo includes create/clone/export vApps, add objects to vApp and configure vApp settings
Objective 4.3
– Identify options to create/clone VMs
– Discuss how shares, reservations, limits work and use cases
– Demo includes configuration of VM options including shares and reservations
Objective 4.4
– Identify files and location options used by virtual machines
– Demo includes configuring IP pools, creating a content library

Objective 5.1
– Describe DRS, Storage DRS, VMCP, and HA, use cases, configuration options
– Discuss DRS thresholds and HA Admission Control
– Demo includes create cluster, enable HA/DRS, configure thresholds and automation levels
Objective 5.2
– How FT works, requirements, limitations
– Demo includes configure FT networking, enable, demo FT working
Objective 5.3
– Discuss resource pools, resource pool hierarchy, and vFlash including requirements
– Demo includes creating RPs, enable vFlash
Objective 5.4
– Describe vMotion, long distance vMotion, cross vCenter vMotion, and Storage vMotion
– Requirements and limitations for vMotion/SvMotion
– Demo includes enable vMotion, migrate running VM

Objective 5.5
– Describe backup and recovery options
– Snapshot requirements and best practices, how snapshots work, when not to use snapshots
– How VDP works, requirements, sizing
– How vSphere replication works, requirements, sizing
– Demo includes install/configure VDP, create backup job
– Demo includes install/configure vSphere replication

Objective 5.6
– Describe patching requirements for ESXi hosts and VM hardware/tools
– Describe host profiles, use cases
– Demo includes create/export host profile, attach host profile, verify compliance
– Demo includes configure VUM, patch repository, create/edit baseline, scan, remediate, stage host patches

Objective 6.1
– General troubleshooting steps, log locations
– Demo includes ESXi health monitor, export information
Objective 6.2
– Review common storage, network, VM issues including resource contention, identifying when virtual machines do not have access to enough resources
– Demo includes use of esxtop to identify issues such as CPU Ready
Objective 6.3
– Common virtual machines constraints
Objective 6.4
– Review monitoring/logging in vSphere web client

Objective 7.1
– Describe tasks, charts and events
– List important metrics like esxtop counters for CPU, memory, disk, network, counters in web client monitoring, indentify common issues
– Review monitor/logging options, syslog, snmp, log insight
– Review authentication options for EXI such as AD
– Demo includes navigating esxtop, identify key metrics, stopping starting of services
– Demo includes configure
Objective 7.2
– Review alarm options
– Demo includes create/configure alarms
Objective 7.3
– Review vCOps/vROps – how it works, badges, architecture
– Discuss metrics
– Demo includes deploy vROps, review and change metrics

Additional Resources

There are several great resources available to help you prepare for this series and the exam:

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