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VMware Infrastructure 3: ESX 3.5 & VirtualCenter 2.5 + Site Recovery Manager - Training DVD

Trainer: Elias Khnaser

Server consolidation, efficient and fast disaster recovery, cost savings, high availability and fast virtual server deployments are just some of the things you can accomplish with VMware ESX Server 3.0. ESX Server is the most powerful virtualisation software on the market today and in this training CBT, Eli Khnaser will guide you through the planning, deployment and administration of your virtual infrastructure.

VMware is one of the fastest growing companies today and its virtualisation software is the hottest technology in the computer world today, so if you are trying to advance your career and need the next hot thing, ESX Server is that technology that will give you the edge you need to get ahead. For those of you that are seeking certification, you are still required to attend the VMware class as that is a mandatory step in achieving your certification. You can use our CBT to reinforce what you learned.

If you are trying to learn VMware ESX Server 3.0 because of a job requirement, this CBT gives you practical, hands on training from someone who does it on a day to day basis and has implemented some large ESX deployments.

The CBT contains 10 videos as follows:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Virtualization (free video)
  • Module 2: Installing and Configuring ESX
  • Module 3: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networking
  • Module 4: Configuring and Managing Storage
  • Module 5: Installing and Configuring VirtualCenter 2.5
  • Module 6: Creating and Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Module 7: VMware Update Manager
  • Module 8: Designing and Implementing a VirtualCenter Security Strategy
  • Module 9: Managing Host & Virtual Machine Resources
  • Module 10: Creating and Managing VI Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Module 11: Monitoring & Troubleshooting a Virtual Infrastructure
  • Module 12: Site Recovery Manager (Not Yet Available, but will be offered free to customers that bought this DVD)

** The Site Recovery Manager videos will be made available soon

Running Time: 10+ hours; Format: DVD

Module 1: Introduction to Virtualization
In this module we lay down a solid foundation and understanding of Virtualization, why it's so popular and what it offers. We go into the different terminologies and the different vendors that offer the technology. A great introductory module

Module 2: Installing and Configuring ESX
This module walks you through the installation of ESX 3.5 using media disks such as a CD-ROM, Scripted install using NAS and other network resources. We also talk about post installation tweaks and configurations. This module also includes a manual upgrade from ESX 3.5 to ESX 3.5 Update 1

Module 3: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networking
Virtual networking is one of the coolest concepts in virtualization and in this module we take a road trip and tackle all the features and concepts that the VMware Infrastructure offers

Module 4: Configuring and Managing Storage
If you think Virtualization is on fire, take a closer look at Storage, it is double on fire. Storage in a VMware Infrastructure is one of the most critical components. This module tackles Fibre Channel Storage, iSCSI and NAS. Configuring each technology and leveraging it to the fullest. This module also tackles the very cool concept of Storage VMotion which is a new feature introduced with ESX 3.5 that allows you to move a virtual machine's files from one datastore to another while the machine is online and being accessed by users. Super cool technology!! It's Magic!

Module 5: Installing and Configuring VirtualCenter 2.5
VirtualCenter creates the enterprise. With these words I like to summarize and stress the importance of VirtualCenter. It is this application in the VMware Infrastructure suite that allows enterprise features like VMotion, High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler to function. It is also the applications that groups and centrally manages all ESX hosts and Virtual Machines in the environment.

Module 6: Creating and Configuring Virtual Machines
This modules walks you through the creation of Virtual machines, working with Templates and Gold builds. How to quickly provision VMs. How to configure VMs and tweak their resources for optimal performance. Brace yourself for an amazing module filled with information.

Module 7: VMware Update Manager
Patch management is a critical task or shall I call nightmare that every tech person has to address and find a solution for. VMware understands this and in this release of ESX, it introduces VMware Update Manager, an add-on application that extends VirtualCenter's capabilities and allows for the automated download and installation of patches for both the ESX hosts and the Virtual Machines. We go through the installation and configuration of Update Manager.

Module 8: Designing and Implementing a VirtualCenter Security Strategy
What good is an environment without proper access control measures in place? In this module we discuss role based access to your VMware Infrastructure environment. How to delegate control and implement security.

Module 9: Managing Host & Virtual Machine Resources
A virtual environment is all about Resource management. The more resources are available the better your VMs and your hosts will perform. In this module we tackle resource pools, clusters, VMotion, Distributed Resource Clusters or DRS and Distributed Power Management or DPM. The latter being a new feature introduced with ESX 3.5 that aims at conserving power. A fantastic new technology.

Module 10: Creating and Managing VI Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
What organization today does not have the topic or Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity on the table in one form or another? This module discusses the different ways to backup and restore your VMs and your Hosts. We also tackle VMware High Availability clusters and how they can aide keep your environment running at all times.

Module 11: Monitoring & Troubleshooting a Virtual Infrastructure
Building a great environment is not enough. Maintaining a great environment is equally challenging. In this module we take a look at how we can monitor resources in our environment in order to be proactive and detect issues before they occur. If you are running low on resources, you need to address this issue in order to maintain the level of performance you have grown accustomed to, Resource monitoring also helps you justify an expansion and gives you data for scalability.

Module 12: Site Recovery Manager (videos not yet available but will be offered free to customers that purchase the ESX 3.5 DVD)
How would you like to recover your site to another site in a different geographic area in a snap? Sounds too good to be true? I agree, but it works. Better yet how would you like to have a single VM run on two ESX hosts in 2 different datacenters and capable of sustaining an entire host failure without blinking? Magic right? I give you Site Recovery Manager, one of the most interesting and innovative applications to date that VMware has introduced. If you were excited when you first heard of VMotion, you will love SRM.

The Bonus Material on the DVD include:

  • White Papers, product video demos and more from DataCore, VizionCore, and Veeam
  • Storage VMotion GUI Plug-in from Andrew Kutz
  • The DVD Trailer

** VMware, ESX Server, VMotion, Virtual Center are registered trademarks of VMware, Inc. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact MicroWay on 1300 553 313 or email for further information.

 

Microsoft System Center - Virtual Machine Manager - Training DVD

Trainer: Tim Puszynski

It should come as no surprise that virtualization technology helps companies increase their operational efficiency through server consolidation, application re-hosting, disaster recovery and ease of software testing and development. With Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, businesses now have complete support for consolidating their Microsoft based physical servers within their virtual datacenter. These new Microsoft virtualization products provide the ability to rapidly provision and deploy new virtual machines.

With this training CBT, Tim Puszynski will guide you through the design, planning, deployment and forward management of your virtualized infrastructure. Microsoft is the largest software company in the world. With virtualization technology here to stay, do not get left behind. This technology will only continue to grow in all aspects of computing from server operating system virtualization to application virtualization to network virtualization.

If you are just starting out in IT server administration, trying to advance your career, or simply learning more about different virtualization technology's for a job requirement, this CBT is for you. You will gain more knowledge about server virtualization and management with a practical and hands-on learning experience.

This CBT contains 10 videos as follows:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Virtualization & Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Module 2: Planning & Installing Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Module 3: Managing Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Module 4: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 & working with Hosts
  • Module 5: Working with VM's, P2V & V2V conversions
  • Module 6: Templates, Hardware & Operating System Profiles
  • Module 7: Managing the SCVMM Library (free video)
  • Module 8: VMM Jobs & the Self Service Portal
  • Module 9: Reporting & Troubleshooting
  • Module 10: Clustering, High Availability & Scripting

Running Time: 6+ hours; Format: DVD

Module 1: Introduction to Virtualisation & Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
In module 1, the basics of Virtualization are discussed and explains why virtualization has become so popular in the datacenter.  Additionally, we discuss the general components that comprise Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 (SCVMM).  This is a great starting module for MS SCVMM.

Module 2: Planning & Installing Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
This module walks you through the installation requirements as well as the actual installation of SCVMM 2007 using the necessary software files.  In this module, we pay close attention to server and network design while taking into consideration virtualization growth and capacity planning. 

Module 3: Managing Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
This is the first look at the SCVMM console.  Here, we navigate through the different parts that make up System Center VMM.  We also learn how to utilize the console and how to better manage our virtual infrastructure using this new management tool.

Module 4: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 & working with Hosts
This module is very exciting because we work with the virtual machine hosts.  The main purpose of SCVMM is to manage the Microsoft Virtual Server hosts and guests.  We really take a close look at virtualization here as Virtual Server 2005 is the main component of virtualization. This is a really cool module especially if you have never worked with virtualization technology before!

Module 5: Working with VM's, P2V & V2V conversions
This module walks you through the creation of Virtual machines, working with Templates and Master/Gold VM builds. Learn how to quickly provision VM's, how to configure VM's and how to tweak their resources for optimal performance. In addition to learning how to create a VM, you will learn about physical to virtual conversions.  You will see how Microsoft SCVMM uses its P2V conversion utility to convert a running Windows 2003 Active Directory Domain Controller from a physical machine to a virtual machine (All done while the AD DC server is running in production).  Brace yourself for an amazing module filled with information. 

Module 6: Templates, Hardware & Operating System Profiles
This modules builds off Module 5 and continues to walk you through the creation of Virtual machines, working with Templates and Gold builds. Here you learn how to utilize templates and profiles to quickly provision VMs. You will see how these profiles allow us to tweak a server's resources for optimal performance.

Module 7: Managing the SCVMM Library
Much of the virtualization groundwork has been laid down up to this point.  Here, we dive into the MS SCVMM  library and learn about what makes the SCVMM console work.  You will learn about the different resources that make up the library and learn how to manage these library resources.

Module 8:  VMM Jobs & the Self Service Portal
In Module 8, you will see how jobs work and what the importance of jobs are.  Think of jobs as automated tasks that help manage the virtual infrastructure.  In addition to jobs, you will learn how to let users of the virtual infrastructure manage their own VM's based on rule sets that you create. 

Module 9: Reporting & Troubleshooting
If we spent all of this time building a highly redundant virtual environment, what good would it be if we had no way to monitor all of the components that make up the virtual infrastructure.  Here you will see a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager server built that allows us to enable the reporting features for the SCVMM.  You will also learn how to troubleshoot issues that may arise within the virtual environment.

Module 10: Clustering, High Availability & Scripting
Business continuity and high availability are discussed here when the concept of clustering is discussed.  Here you will see demonstrations of virtual machine clusters when live VM's are powered off and their standby cluster servers "come to life."  You will learn how to design a virtual infrastructure to be as highly available as possible so that you can achieve the 5 9's that companies desire.  Lastly, you will learn about scripting within the virtual environment.  You will see how to automate tasks like building virtual machines or changing VM parameters.

Bonus Material:

  • All the PowerPoint presentations used are available
  • All the hand written presentations are also in PowerPoint

** Virtual Server 2005 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners

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