VMware vSAN: Management and Operations v7.x

Learn the required skills for common Day-2 vSAN administrator tasks such as, vSAN node management, cluster maintenance, security operations and advanced vSAN cluster operations
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  • Duration: 3 days
  • Regular price: On request

Course outline

Duration: 3 Days

In this three-day course, you learn about managing and operating VMware vSAN™ 7. This course focuses on building the required skills for common Day-2 vSAN administrator tasks such as, vSAN node management, cluster maintenance, security operations and advanced vSAN cluster operations. You also gain practical experience through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.


Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of VMware vSAN 7.


• VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v7] or equivalent knowledge
• VMware vSAN: Plan and Deploy [v7]


• Define the tasks involved in vSAN node management
• Updating and upgrading vSAN using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager™
• Explain vSAN resilience and data availability features
• Reconfigure vSAN storage policies and observe the cluster-wide impact
• Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations
• Describe common vSAN cluster maintenance operations
• Control vSAN resync operations
• Manage two-node cluster and stretched cluster advance operations
• Configure vSAN storage efficiency and reclamation features
• Use VMware Skyline™ Health to monitor cluster health, performance, and storage capacity
• Describe vSAN security operations
• Configure vSAN Direct for cloud native applications
• Configure remote vSAN datastore and vSAN native file services


1 Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives

2 vSAN Node Management
• Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility
• Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning
• Use tools to automate driver validation and installation
• Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance
• Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to perform upgrades

3 vSAN Resilience and Data Availability Operations
• Describe vSAN storage policies
• Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change
• Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option
• Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster
• Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures
• Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster
• Configure the vSAN fault domains

4 vSAN Cluster Maintenance
• Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations
• Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options
• Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode
• Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode
• Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters
• Use best practices for boot devices
• Replace vSAN nodes

5 HCI Mesh Using Remote vSAN
• Discuss the use cases for Remote vSAN
• Understand the high-level architecture
• Describe remote datastore operations
• Discuss the network requirement
• Interoperability between Remote vSAN and VMware vSphere-High Availability

6 Managing Advanced vSAN Cluster Operations
• Describe the architecture for stretched clusters and two-node clusters
• Understand the importance of Witness Node
• Describe how stretched cluster storage policies affect vSAN objects
• Create and apply a vSAN stretched cluster policy to meet specific needs
• Discuss stretched cluster failure scenarios and responses

7 Managing vSAN Storage Space Efficiency Operations
• Discuss Deduplication and Compression techniques
• Understand Deduplication and Compression overhead
• Discuss Compression only mode
• Configure Erasure Coding
• Configure swap object Thin Provisioning
• Discuss Reclaiming Storage Space with SCSI UNMAP
• Configure TRIM/UNMAP

8 vSAN Security Operations
• Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption
• Perform ongoing operations to maintain data security
• Describe the workflow of Data-in Transit encryption
• Identify the steps involved in replacing Key Management Server

9 vSAN Cluster Monitoring
• Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve
products and services
• Use vSphere Skyline Health for monitoring vSAN Cluster Health
• Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Client
• Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues
• Use IO Insight metrics for monitoring vSAN performance
• Analyse vsantop performance metrics
• Use vSAN Proactive Test to detect and diagnose cluster issues

10 vSAN Direct
• Discuss the use cases for vSAN Direct
• Understand the overall architecture of vSAN Direct
• Describe the workflow of vSAN Direct datastore creation
• Explore how vSAN Direct works with storage policy tagging

11 Native vSAN File Service
• Discuss the use cases for vSAN file service
• Understand the high-level architecture of vSAN file service
• Discuss the authentication model
• Configure file shares
• Monitor file share health and capacity utilization

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Certified VMware and Microsoft instructor, Marco Plante enthusiastically shares his advanced IT skills.

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