VMware ESXi 5 and Cisco UCS C200 Training

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In this video series we will discuss the concepts relevant for understanding VMware solutions provided including many best practices for real world deployments. We will use the Cisco UCS C200 rack mount server for installing VMware ESXi, adding different storage options from iSCSI LUNs to the recommended NFS shares. We will configure VLAN tagging between the ESXi and our Cisco Catalyst switches to allow our virtual machines to be managed in different VLANs.

We will show you how to manage your virtual machines to using many of the great features from P2V, V2V, Resource Pools, DRS, to even vMotion for real world deployments. Learn how to upgrade to ESXi 5.0 to setting up the vCenter Server Appliance.

The topics in this series for configuring vSphere 4.1 is applicable for all vSphere 5.0 configuration. The VMware Collection is our best offering to gain access to all videos, updates, and additions to our VMware package for a whole year!

Videos (MP4) [56 video files, ~7 hours] ; for best results use the VLC player or Quicktime

Below are the video topics in this series [56 video files, ~7 hours]:

  • Concepts and Design Practices
  • VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
  • Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) on Cisco UCS C200
  • KVM Console access to Cisco UCS C200
  • Installing VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1
  • Upgrading from ESXi 4.1 Update 1 to ESXi 5.0
  • ESXi Basic Configuration and VLAN tagging
  • vSphere Client: Download, Install, Login, & Overview
  • Networking: VLAN tagging using vSwitch
  • Storage
    • Adding Local Storage
    • Adding ISCSI LUNs
    • Adding NFS shares
  • Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
    • New Virtual Machine Installation using Windows 2008 Server
    • Convert Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation to ESXi
    • P2V, V2V
  • vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) for iPad
    • vCMA server download and install
    • vSphere client on iPad
  • vCenter Server 5
    • vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
    • Web Client
    • vCenter Server Login and Overview
    • vCenter Maps
    • vCenter Server 4 (installed on Windows 2008 Server)
    • VMware Update Manager (VUM) –NEW!!!
  • vMotion
    • VMkernal Network port group
    • Adding additional ESXi hosts
    • Clusters
    • Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC)
    • Troubleshooting
    • Using vMotion for a Virtual Machine in real-time.
  • Resource Pools
    • Design and Best Practices
    • Parent Resource Pools, Child Resource Pools
    • vApps
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
  • High Availability (HA)
  • Other Operations and Tasks
    • Changing Hostname on ESXi
    • Installing License
    • Moving Virtual Machines within a Datastore
    • Powering down ESXi host from vSphere Client
    • Snapshots
    • Restarting Management Agent
    • Enabling SSH access on ESXi host
  • FreeNAS (as a Virtual Machine)
    • Virtual Machine configuration
    • Installation of FreeNAS
    • Administration and Base Configuration
    • Adding Storage and Volumes
    • ISCSI configuration (using ESXI 4.1 not ESXI 5.0)
    • NFS configuration

IMG_7397Michel Thomatis, CCIE #6778 (15 year) – Chief Network Architect & Lead Trainer

Michel has spent the last 18 years as a network engineer/architect.  As a 15-year CCIE, Michel loves the opportunity to provide training in a wide-array of network technologies. He formerly worked at Cisco, as well as in government, banking, and non-profit organizations. He has published the “Network Design Cookbook” and a science fiction novel called “The Dark End”.  He has also published various iOS applications (virtual Network Engineer, Circlefalls) that can be found on Apple’s iOS App Store.  Other software development experience includes python and SDN.  Currently, Michel is the owner, Chief Network Architect and Lead Trainer at RouteHub Group, LLC.