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VMware vSphere: What’s New

  • Length 2 days
  • Price  $2640 inc GST
  • Version 8
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Why study this course

Explore the new features and enhancements following VMware vCenter Server 8.0 and VMware ESXi 8.0. Real-world use-case scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere 8.0.

Product alignment:

  • VMware ESXi 8.0

  • VMware vCenter Server 8.0

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What you’ll learn

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

  • Recognise the importance of key features and enhancements in vSphere 8.0

  • Describe the purpose of VMware vSphere® Distributed Services Engine™

  • Use VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager™ to update an ESXi host that is equipped with a data processing unit (DPU)

  • Identify devices supported for system storage on ESXi 8.0

  • Recognise enhancements to VM hardware compatibility settings

  • Recognise changes related to vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation that improve VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™

  • Describe the new virtual non-uniform memory access (vNUMA) topology settings in the VMware vSphere Client™

  • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager and VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ to manage configuration specifications for hosts in a cluster

  • Recognise vSphere Lifecycle Manager and Auto Deploy enhancements in vSphere 8.0

  • Recognise the cloud benefits that VMware vSphere+ brings to on-premises workloads

  • Identify technology that is discontinued or deprecated in vSphere 8.0

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VMware is the world leader in server virtualisation technologies. Lumify Work is the largest VCF Education Delivery Partner in Australia and New Zealand, offering training in vSphere, Aria Suite, vRealize, vSAN, NSX, and VMware Cloud Foundation courses.

Who is the course for?

System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures who want to deploy vSphere 8.0 into their existing vSphere environment.

Course subjects

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course objectives

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Describe how device groups support AI and ML in vSphere 8

  • Describe how device virtualisation extensions support AI and ML in vSphere 8

3. vSphere Distributed Services Engine

  • Describe the benefits of Distributed Services Engine

  • Explain how Distributed Services Engine works

  • Recognise use cases for Distributed Services Engine

  • Install ESXi on a host equipped with a DPU

  • View DPU information in vSphere Client

  • Add an ESXi host equipped with a DPU to a cluster

  • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to update an ESXi host that contains a DPU

  • Create a vSphere Distributed Switch for network offloads

  • Add a host with a DPU to the vSphere Distributed Switch

  • Configure a VM to use Uniform Passthrough Mode

4. vSphere and vCenter Management

  • Review the improvements to the communication between vCenter and ESXi hosts

  • Review the enhancements to the vCenter recovery process

5. ESXi Enhancements

  • Describe the function of the central configuration store in ESXi

  • Explain how ConfigStore affects your interaction with ESXi configuration files

  • Recognise the supported system storage partition configuration on ESXi 8.0

  • Identify devices supported for system storage on ESXi 8.0

  • Configure an RDMA host local device on ESXi

6. vSphere Storage

  • Describe the vSAN Express Storage Architecture

  • Recognise the benefits of using vSAN Express Storage Architecture

  • Describe the benefits of using NVMe

  • Recognise the support for NVMe devices in vSphere

7. Guest OS and Workloads

  • Review the enhancements of the latest virtual hardware versions

  • Describe the features introduced with virtual hardware version 20

  • Create a snapshot of a VM with an NVDIMM device

8. Resource Management]

  • View energy and carbon emission metrics in vRealize Operations Manager

  • Describe the VMware vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation (vMMR) functionality

  • Describe how vMMR enhances the performance of vSphere DRS

9. Security and Compliance

  • Describe how to handle vTPM secrets when cloning a VM

  • Manage OVF templates for VMs that are configured with vTPM

  • Deploy an OVF template with vTPM

  • Describe the enhancements to trusted binary enforcement in ESXi

  • Describe ESXi 8 enhanced security features

10. vSphere Lifecycle Manager

  • Describe the enhancements to life cycle management of standalone ESXi hosts

  • Manage the configuration profiles of ESXi hosts in a cluster with vSphere Lifecycle Manager

  • Use Auto Deploy to boot a host with the desired image and configuration specifications

  • Upgrade multiple ESXi hosts in a cluster in parallel

  • Stage an ESXi host image prior to remediation

11. Auto Deploy

  • Manage custom host certificates using Auto Deploy

12. vSphere with Tanzu

  • Describe the features of the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 2.0 offering

13. Announcing vSphere+

  • Describe the functionality and benefits of vSphere+


This course requires completion of one of the following courses, or equivalent knowledge, plus administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server:

Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

The course material presumes that you can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course:

  • Install and configure ESXi

  • Install vCenter Server

  • Create vCenter Server objects, such as data centers and folders

  • Create and manage vCenter Server roles and permissions

  • Create and modify a standard switch

  • Create and modify a distributed switch

  • Connect an ESXi host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage

  • Create a VMware vSphere VMFS datastore

  • Use a content library template to create a virtual machine

  • Modify a virtual machine’s hardware

  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Storage vMotion

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere High Availability cluster

  • Use VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and VMs

If you cannot complete these tasks, VMware recommends that you instead take the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8] course.

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