Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Define Storage Virtual Appliance (VSA) architecture Below is how VMware describes their two node VSA Cluster Architecture from page 9 of the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance …

Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify ESXi host and virtual machine requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion There are multiple host and virtual machine requirements in order to perform vMotion and Storage vMotions on any given …

Objective 5.3 – Create and Administer Resource Pools

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.3 – Create and Administer Resource Pools   **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Describe the Resource Pool hierarchy A resource pool is a pool of resources….if only that was all there was to it.  The hierarchy of resource pools, whether talking …

Objective 5.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section VMware vSphere Clustering Technical Deepdive Objective 5.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Describe DRS virtual machine entitlement DRS will calculate CPU and memory entitlements for virtual machines.  The host-local schedulers are actually responsible for supplying those …

Get-ConfiguredScratchLocation

Need to know which datastore your scratch partition is on?  Run this one-liner in PowerCLI to find out! $scratch = get-vmhostadvancedconfiguration -Name ScratchConfig.ConfiguredScratchLocation | % { $_.values } ; $scratch = $scratch.substring(14,35); get-datastore | where { $_.uid -like “*$scratch*” } | select name (have not tested when scratch partition is located in-memory)

Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties VMFS Datastore Properties Logical container that provides a uniformed model for storing virtual machines by hiding certain properties of the …

Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify common vSS and vDS policies When looking at vSS and vDS policies there is some overlap.  Instead of breaking it down by each type, I will list …

Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches

For this objective I used the following documents: Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5 Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities A vNetwork Distributed Switch has the same capabilities as a vNetwork Standard Switch and much more.  Keep …

Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches

For this objective I used the following documents: Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5 Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify vNetwork Standard Switch (vSS) capabilities A lot of the capabilities you find in a virtual switch are the same as a physical …

Quick Review: LAS4001 – VMworld Labs User Automation and Workflow Architecture

Session LAS4001 – VMworld Labs User Automation and Workflow Architecture was the last session I attended at VMworld 2011.  To be blunt, I almost didn’t go.  It was the last session of the conference and I was a bit tired from the crazy week, but I decided at the last minute that I’d check it out.  As I sit back …