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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

VMware Cloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage

  • Length 5 days
  • Version 10.3
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Why study this course

In this five-day course, you focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware Cloud Director® 10.3. You learn about workload provisioning, the creation of organisations, virtual data centers (VDCs), catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX-T™ Data Center networks.

This course also covers interfacing VMware Cloud Director with other systems and the integration and use of VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ for VMware Cloud Director.  You learn about different networks that a system administrator and an organisation administrator can configure and use with virtual machines (VMs). This course also discusses how to monitor various VMware Cloud Director objects using VMware vRealize® Operations™.

Product Alignment
•  VMware vSphere 7.0 U2
•  VMware Cloud Director 10.3
•  VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1.1
•  VMware vRealize Operations Manager 8.3

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What you’ll learn

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

  • Deploy VMware Cloud Director

  • Manage VMware Cloud Director to meet the service provider needs

  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director organisations and vApps to fulfill business needs

  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director catalogs

  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of VMware Cloud Director

  • Configure networking for organisations and vApps with the help of VMware NSX-T™ Data Center

  • Managing resources from the VMWare Cloud Director console and using VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™

  • Enabling VM and Named Disk Encryption  

  • Creating VM sizing and placement policies

  • Understand vApps and VM operations and actions

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VMware is the world leader in server virtualisation technologies. DDLS is a VMware Authorised Training Reseller offering training in VMware and vSphere.

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Who is the course for?

Cloud architects, systems engineers, datacenter administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in managed services or managing a service provider environment.

Course subjects

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course objectives

2. Software-Defined Data Center and VMware Validated Design

  • Define software-defined data center (SDDC)

  • Discuss VMware offerings for cloud-based services

  • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director

  • Discuss VMware Validated Design™

  • Recognise the design considerations when creating a cloud environment on the SDDC using VMWare Cloud Foundation™

3. VMware Cloud Director Deployment and Configuration

  • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director

  • Explain the two-stage deployment of VMware Cloud Director cells

  • Discuss failover mechanisms (automatic and manual) with VMware Cloud Director cells

  • Define switchover, promote, and fencing options of the VMware Cloud Director appliance

  • Understand the VMware Cloud Director appliance enhancements

4. VMware Cloud Director Provider Configuration

  • Describe how the compute resources are provided to VMware Cloud Director

  • Describe how storage is provided to VMware Cloud Director

  • Configure and manage storage for Virtual Datacenters (VDCs)

  • Briefly discuss network pools, external networks, and Tier-0 Gateways

  • Showcase VMware Cloud Director integration with vCenter Server® and NSX-T Data Center

  • Describe VMware Cloud Director organisations

  • Understand organisation policies

  • Explain how to access an organisation using various portals

  • Understand organisation VDC

  • Discuss what is Linked Clone and Fast Provisioning

  • Understand the use cases of Allocation Models

5. VMware Cloud Director User, Roles and Quota Management

  • Discuss user-bundle

  • Describe role-based access

  • Explain custom roles and rights

  • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory

  • Discuss OIDC authentication methods

  • Describe SAML identity provider

6. VMware Cloud Director Virtual Machines and vApps

  • Understand standalone VMs

  • Discuss the VM managing operations

  • Explain VM properties

  • Discuss deployment methods of vApps

  • Discuss the vApp managing operations

  • Discuss the vApp lease policies

  • Understand the vApps and VM actions

  • Explain vApp and VM badges

7. VMware Cloud Director Content Libraries

  • Explain the purpose of catalogs and how to create a catalog organisation

  • Define catalog management and sharing catalogs inside and between organisations

  • Explain medias in VMware Cloud Director and its usage

  • Discuss vApp templates

  • Understand vApp template operations

  • Describe the purpose and usage of Open Virtualisation Format (OVF)

  • Discuss organisation VDC templates

8. VMware Cloud Director Networking

  • Discuss organisation VDC networks

  • List the types of organisation VDC networks

  • Describe the edge gateway services

  • Explore the services offered by the edge gateway

  • Discuss sub-allocation IP pool and its use cases

  • Discuss DHCP, NAT, load balancer, and firewall services on the edge gateway

  • Discuss SNAT, DNAT, NO SNAT, and NO DNAT use cases

  • Discuss vApp networks

  • List the various types of vApp networks

  • Discuss routed, isolated, and direct vApp networks

9. VMware Cloud Director Storage and Compute

  • Describe named disks and shared named disks

  • Demonstrate how to attach and detach a named disk and a shared named disk

  • Describe methods of sharing the named disk

  • Discuss the implications of deleting VMs that have an attached named disk

  • Discuss how VMware Cloud Director VMs and disks are encrypted

  • Explain the storage policy capabilities

  • Demonstrate how VM sizing and placement policies are published

  • Discuss vCenter server and VMware Cloud Director IOPS storage policies usage

  • Discuss how to enable and use the storage IOPS limitation in VMware Cloud Director

  • Describe the storage policy supported entities

10. Extensibility and UI Additional Features

  • Explain custom advisories, global search, guided tours, data exporter, keyboard shortcuts, and quick search

  • Understand vcd-cli supported commands

  • Discuss various vcd-cli tools

11. VMware Cloud Director Resource Monitoring

  • Identify log locations for VMware Cloud Director

  • Manage vSphere and cloud resources from VMware Cloud Director

  • Understand monitoring of objects from VMware Cloud Director portals

  • Briefly introduce vRealize Operations Manager

  • Integrate VMware Cloud Director with vRealize Operations Manager

  • Configure VMware Cloud Director Management Pack

  • Understand dashboard, metrics, alerts, alert definition, and reports


This course requires completion of the following course:

The following experience is helpful:

  • Working at the Linux command line

  • Substantial knowledge of general networking concepts

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